Bed bug bites trouble British MEP Chris Davies in Strasbourg

April 15, 2013

The European Parliament moves its sessions regularly between Brussels and Strasbourg, taking Members of the European Parliament back and forth between the cities. According to the Liberal Democrat Voice, British MEP Chris Davies has recently complained about suspected bed bug bites: “I went to the medical centre in the European Parliament in Brussels. ‘I’ve had […]

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Do you have bed bugs? (video from the University of Florida)

June 27, 2011

This video is from the University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Department does a fairly good job of showing signs of bed bugs. Some complaints: The music is unnecessarily creepy (and since there’s no audio narrative, I would encourage you to mute the audio)! Some of the closeups are disturbing, though they are also educational. […]

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Bed Bugs make one Alaska family homeless

April 29, 2010

For most people, a bout with bed bugs in a motel means dealing with bed bug bites, and the prospect of taking bugs home with them. But what if that motel is your temporary home?  And what if you just have enough money for your impending move?  Under such circumstances, an encounter with bed bugs […]

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At least one Olympian suffering bed bug bites

February 13, 2010

The news is inundated with stories of Canadian downhill skier Manny Osborne-Paradis’s bout with bed bugs in his lodgings at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. The Star’s Dave Perkins wrote, He might or might not win Canada’s first medal of these Olympic Games when the real racing begins Saturday with the men’s downhill 2:45 p.m. ET, […]

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Allegheny County Health Department is tracking increase of bed bugs in Pittsburgh

March 30, 2009 reports that The Allegheny County Health Department has seen an increase in calls about bedbugs. The tiny insects that live in mattresses were virtually eliminated by the use of D-D-T, a pesticide that was banned in the early ’70s. During the past several decades, the bugs have made a big comeback. Allegheny County Health […]

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Bed bugs in Washington, D.C.? Yes! And growing in number daily.

January 28, 2009

The Washington City Paper has a cover story today on bed bugs! In it, Audrey Dutton reports on the status of bed bugs in that city, and on the city’s plans to fight the problem. We have known there were lots of bed bugs in D.C. for a long time. The Norwood Apartments tenants we […]

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Hotel headboard and mattress photos: bed bug evidence

January 8, 2009

If you’re looking for signs of bed bugs, one of the most common signs you might see is their feces. Here are some photos showing bed bug fecal stains on a headboard and mattress in a hotel room: Photo credit for all three photos goes to David James of Packtite. Thanks, David, for sharing them! […]

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Journal of Medical Entomology: only 10% of Britons can identify bed bugs

October 7, 2008

The University of Sheffield has conducted a study as to whether British people can identify bed bugs, the Sheffield Telegraph reports. Researchers showed bed bugs to 350 people, and found that teenagers (under 15) were unable to identify bed bugs. The findings were published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Overall, only 10% of people […]

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How to avoid bed bugs while traveling

October 19, 2006

This FAQ gives tips on how to avoid bed bugs when you travel and how to search a hotel room for bed bugs and their signs. (The same techniques work for searching other rooms too.) First, learn specific steps for checking a room for bed bugs. Check every room you sleep in. This FAQ on […]

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