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Bed bugs: epidemic or media hype?

November 5, 2010

The most original bed bug story a journalist can tell is that bed bugs aren’t really an epidemic after all. That was so in 2008, when Washington Post journalist David Segal wrote “Hmm. Tiny, Evil– and Everywhere?” Still, it’s two years later and we’re ripe for a new attempted debunking of the “bed bug epidemic”; […]

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Iraq vet battling bed bugs in Brooklyn; the HPD problem

September 14, 2010

While bed bugs can strike any location, tenants in low-income housing are particularly susceptible, because their landlords may be especially prone to postponing treatment or cutting corners on it. I am not discounting the problem of landlords being unable to pay for proper treatment in some cases, though this is not universally the cause of […]

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Down and out in New York, with bed bugs

August 29, 2010

Back in 1933, in Chapter One of Down and Out in Paris and London, George Orwell described life with bed bugs in a cheap Parisian hotel: Near the ceiling long lines of bugs marched all day like columns of soldiers, and at night came down ravenously hungry, so that one had to get up every […]

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NYC Department of Health revamps its bed bug information

February 9, 2010

The big news this week is that New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has now produced a new guide Preventing and Getting Rid of Bed Bugs Safely (PDF in English, Spanish, and Chinese). While not perfect, it is miles better than previous literature available from the city, and is presented much more […]

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NYTimes “Neediest Cases Fund” helps another family with bed bugs

January 27, 2010

There’s a new New York Times “Neediest Cases” story involving a family battling bed bugs, this time the Shevchenko family in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The family was given a new mattress and loveseat, which they were soon able to move with them to a new apartment. You will remember earlier “Neediest Cases” stories about families […]

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Are bed bugs migrating from Queens to Nassau County?

March 19, 2009

In an article in Newsday last week, Dave Mejias (D-Farmingdale) was cited as saying bed bugs were migrating to Nassau County, Long Island from eastern Queens. On Long Island, infestations are increasing in Nassau County, officials said. The exact number of complaints logged by the county’s Health Department was unavailable. Bedbug calls are listed in […]

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New York Daily News: NYC bed bug complaints up 34% in one year

February 17, 2009

The New York Daily News has a good article today on the 34% increase in bed bug complaints in the last fiscal year, compared with the previous one. The data for this came from the amazing Renee Corea, who filed a Freedom of Information Act request on behalf of New York vs. Bed Bugs. Adam […]

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PS16 in Staten Island has bed bugs

November 14, 2008

The Staten Island Advance reported today that P.S.16 in Staten Island has a bed bug problem. They’ve had two treatments and the bed bugs persist. And it sounds like a fairly serious problem: The creepy crawlies have been seen at PS 16 in the borough’s Tompkinsville community for several weeks now and exterminators have already […]

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New York City bed bug numbers, Bedbugger-style

July 16, 2008

The official New York City data on how many people have bed bugs consists of two sets of numbers: calls to 311 (which are available to the public, sort of), and constituent complaint calls to city council members, which are currently shrouded in mystery. 311 posting NYC Originally uploaded by Beauty Playin ‘Eh According to […]

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Greenpoint HPD Bed Bug Seminar

May 7, 2008

The Greenpoint HPD Bed Bug Seminar was last night. I was not able to be there, but Miss Heather has an excellent recap on the evening. New York vs Bed Bugs members were there spreading word on how to get some change on the bed bug issue in NYC. The presenter was Ed Brownbear, the […]

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Bed bugs in NYC: if we could just get Bill Murray on the case

April 30, 2008

Miss Heather of NewYorkShitty.com knows that the war on bed bugs needs a little Bill Murray, Caddyshack-style. She also reminds us there’s a bed bug seminar coming up in Greenpoint next Tuesday.

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HPD seminar will be coming to Greenpoint– thanks to community lobbyists!

March 7, 2008

I know the NYC Housing and Preservation Department’s bed bug seminars are not perfect.  But wouldn’t you rather your neighbors had access to one, rather than not? I say yes, especially if you live in Greenpoint.  Greenpointers and their Williamsburg neighbors are seriously bedbugged. So, Miss Heather of newyorkshitty.com and her friend Ann Kansfield (the […]

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