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Landlord tells all tenants to toss sofas, mattresses as bed bug “prep”

March 18, 2010

All residents of a bed bug-infested building in Fruitland, Maryland were told by their landlord to toss out their sofas and mattresses before the building is treated for bed bugs. WMDT reports that John Justice and his neighbors were told to toss out their sofas and mattresses. The landlord gave all the residents a letter […]

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Free bed bug information session in Vancouver

February 24, 2009

The Structural Pest Management Association of British Columbia (SPMABC) will be hosting a free information session on bed bugs and related topics this Saturday (February 28th) at Library Square from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Admission is free, but on a first come, first served basis (the room holds 300 people). Topics will include:

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Status of New Jersey bed bug extermination bill A3203: so far so good

December 9, 2008

We now have a status update on the bill in the New Jersey Assembly which would make landlords entirely responsible for eradicating bed bugs in rental properties. According to PolitickerNJ.com, The Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee released the measure 5- 0 with one abstention. It now heads to the Assembly Speaker, who decides if […]

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The ethics of bed bugs: the lies landlords and roommates tell

October 17, 2008

Leigh Kamping-Carder has an excellent new article in the Observer’s Real Estate section on the lies landlords tell tenants and roommates tell other roommates. At least a quarter of the article is about landlords and roommates who do not disclose the presence of bed bugs to prospective tenants or roommates until it is too late […]

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Another 23-25 Temple St., Nashua, N.H. tenant sues landlord over bed bugs

August 19, 2008

Richard Jebb, the first tenant of this building to sue the landlords, lost his case. A second person, a former tenant, is suing the landlord of the rooming house at 23-25 Temple St. in Nashua, according to the Nashua Telegraph. Capricia Osirus, a former tenant of 23-25 Temple St., filed a summons in Hillsborough County […]

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Bed bugs in Madison, Wisconsin: warnings on moving day

August 18, 2008

As a good-sized city, the state capitol of Wisconsin, and a big college town (which means lots of students who tend to move frequently and often try to furnish homes on a budget), you can imagine bed bugs might be taking hold in Madison. From the Capitol Times, last Thursday, on the brink of the […]

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Some UK housing authorities ceasing to pay for bed bug treatment

August 13, 2008

This article from the Hounslow Chronicle (in London) on Tuesday reports that some UK housing authorities are no longer paying for tenants’ bed bug treatment, due to the rise in cases. It tells the story of Claire Prince, 24. She and her four children are sleeping on floors, air mattresses, and in a stroller, since […]

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Bed bugs at James Plaza Apartments, Cleveland, Ohio

August 6, 2008

I loved the headline of this article accompanying news video from WBNS 10TV: “Bed Bugs Infest Apartment Building.” News at five. Seriously, what would the world be like if every infested building was featured in just one major local news story? I can’t help having this thought when I see such headlines. Sadly, that’s where […]

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Bed bugs biting in Reading, Pennsylvania

June 26, 2008

NBC 4 in New York has a video of a story that originally aired in Reading: this landlord says his tenants in Reading, Pennsylvania are being bitten by bed bugs. Of course, bed bugs are everywhere; we know that. But word spreads slowly, article by article, city by city, town by town.

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Halifax tenants angry about bed bugs? Time for action.

June 23, 2008

A Halifax resident going by the moniker “Bugged by Bedbugs” used the soapbox “Love the way we bitch” on Halifax website The Coast, to call fellow residents to action on the bed bug issue, in a post entitled “WTF is with the bedbugs?”: There is a certain trio of dusky-colored high-rise apartment buildings in Halifax […]

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Dumpster-diving tenant evicted after Winnipeg apartment seriously infested with bed bugs

December 29, 2007

Lindor Reynolds of the Winnipeg Free Press reports on a bed bug eviction case in Winnipeg: a woman was evicted from her Sherbrook Street apartment. It was infested with bed bugs. She is disabled and on social assistance. This is a heart-breaking story. But this is also a complicated story: George Bibik, owner of the […]

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How bad are bed bugs in Toronto? Nobody knows for sure.

December 22, 2007

We haven’t had any real data about how many people in Toronto are suffering from bed bugs since the 2003 survey of Toronto PCOs. But this article in Friday’s Toronto Sun has some interesting statistics. On the one hand, According to Reg Ayre, the city’s Healthy Environments manager, Toronto Public Health received 194 calls for […]

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