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Kill bed bugs and eggs in your stuff using a Packtite

March 29, 2009

The FAQ below focuses on the original Packtite, which was subject to a voluntary recall by the manufacturer in December, 2013. More on the recall here — including what to do if you have a Packtite Original. To read about the newer, larger, more expensive and more powerful Packtite, available in the US and Canada, […]

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Bed Bug Success Stories: Collette and a professional steamer

February 19, 2008

Note: since this post was written, Bedbugger has a new FAQ on Killing Bed Bugs With Steam. There are steamer recommendations and further tips on technique and safety in the Steaming FAQ, compiled by bedbugger Mangycur and nobugs. We have long had a success stories page. And though readers often forget to write and tell […]

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Reader Question: how to deal with bed bugs in Qatar?

February 19, 2008

A reader in Qatar writes, Hello, I’ve just found your website doing research on my own problem. I live in Doha, Qatar (Middle East) and have been suffering through what I am convinced is a bed bug infestation. There are some things I don’t understand though: – I don’t get bitten in bed, only when […]

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Gaston County, N.C. health officials to hotel: bed bugs not a serious violation

February 15, 2008

This story from Eyewitness News in Gastonia, North Carolina is about a woman named Patricia Starling who lived in a Super 8 motel with her two sons after they lost their home in a fire. Starling said she went back the motel, captured some of the bugs and gave some to Gaston County health officials. […]

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Nashua, NH Health Officers on prowl for bed bugs

February 13, 2008

I am delighted to report this news item from Patrick Meighan of the Nashua Telegraph in Nashua, New Hampshire. It’s a story about how Nashua city Health Officer Nelson Ortega and Deputy Health Officer Heidi Peek spent 4 and a half hours inspecting all 117 rooms in a rooming house in Nashua, and found 16 […]

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bed bugs in Greenpoint (NYC), Stamford (CT), Glenwood Springs (CO), and the Internets (.com)

December 10, 2007

Slightly delayed news round-up: newyorkshitty.com » ‘Tis The Season: Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite! miss heather of newyorkshitty.com shares a current photo of suspected bed bug refuse at the Astral Apartments in Greenpoint, and shares an article from exactly 121 years ago, decrying the need for “quality affordable housing”, free of vermin. Glenwood Springs Post […]

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Nicholas Brown’s Bedbug Chronicles, Part 7

November 28, 2007

Nicholas Brown: The Bedbug Chronicles: Part 7 – Living on The Huffington Post The same day that we ask, with Rene Laraine, what might be causing his bed bugs to persist despite nine bed bug treatments by licensed PCOs, Nicholas Brown brings to mind similar concerns. Brown, chronicling his bed bug experience on the Huffington […]

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bed bugs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and at Cornell University dorms

November 17, 2007

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Online: Stealthy bedbugs pestering the weary Bed bugs in Milwaukee, WI. Mattress covers don’t need to be “airtight” and the best ones do let air circulate. Most do not smell “a musty, sweet odor like soda”. One landlord is letting tenants out of leases and paying for one treatment in new place. (tags: […]

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Saudi Arabian tragedy: a reminder to use pesticides appropriately and as labeled

August 14, 2007

This is just horrible. The Arab News reports that in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, two sisters died tragically and a third is hospitalized after their father used an industrial insecticide not meant for home use, in an attempt to kill bed bugs in their home.  The product was sold in a local store.

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Can I repel or kill bed bugs using natural remedies like lavender oil?

July 11, 2007

Readers often ask whether it’s possible to repel bed bugs or kill bed bugs using “natural remedies” like lavender oil, Eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, or thyme.  Let’s just say we’re skeptical. Natural methods that don’t work: A new article in the UK’s FirstPost online magazine Thursday offers the usual warnings about travel and bed […]

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The dryer FAQ: doing the bed bug laundry

May 18, 2007

Subtitle: killing the little b@#$%^&s Attention: the FAQ below was written before the invention of a tool which many readers will find useful. The Packtite allows people to easily use heat to remove bed bugs from items which can’t go in a washer or dryer on hot, such as unwashable clothing, books, papers, shoes, etc. […]

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