Bed bug tax credit bill under consideration in New York State Assembly

May 11, 2010

There is a bill under consideration to give a tax credit to residents of New York State who lose property due to bed bugs in their homes. New York State Assembly Bill A10081, sponsored by Linda B. Rosenthal (D/WF), is summarized as follows: SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: The bill will amend section 606 of the […]

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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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Theresa Braine’s bed bug-induced trip down memory lane

October 17, 2009

Although options like the Packtite mean people don’t need to throw their potentially infested items away in order to get rid of bed bugs (and probably shouldn’t — at least not without rendering them bed bug-free), decluttering is often part of the bed bug experience or its aftermath. A bed bug infestation at home forces […]

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Take a Seat project: a really bad idea where bed bugs are concerned

October 9, 2008

When a representative from the New York City Housing and Preservation Department told attendees of a bed bug seminar last spring that five NYC subway stations had had bed bugs, Miss Heather blogged about it, and the story was picked up by the mainstream press as well as every blogger and her brother. (You can […]

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A reader’s bed bug story

September 26, 2008

stayoffmybaby writes, Here’s my success story. Unfortunately, it highlights the hopelessness of the situation if you can’t afford to move. We lived on the Upper West Side of New York on the 5th floor of an overcrowded, 15-unit, prewar, walk-up tenement for 2 years with no problems (other than the $1750 rent for a filthy […]

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More Toronto bed bug stories from Joe Fiorito

September 15, 2008

Our favorite Canadian journalist is back on the bed bug trail. In this article, he shares the story of Marg, a single mother battling bed bugs and the ensuing mountains of laundry. She’s killed three vacuums since January. She said, “It started in January of ’08. I’d fall asleep on the couch and wake up […]

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Bed bugs in a senior apartment building in San Diego

July 17, 2008

NBC reports that there are bed bugs in a senior apartment building in San Diego: It’s happening at the Westminster Manor, which is home to low-income seniors. Resident Rose Chapin, 76, told NBC 7/39 she first noticed the problem in June. “I saw little black spots on my bedspread,” Chapin said. Soon after, she noticed […]

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FAQ: How do I prepare for pest control treatment? Should I put everything in bags?

March 27, 2007

Don’t prepare too much for a pre-treatment inspection visit! Your PCO should be able to inspect your premises as they are, which makes it easier to spot bugs and signs of bugs. You don’t want to vacuum and change the sheets before the PCO comes to inspect, or s/he may miss obvious signs of bed […]

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FAQ: how do I deal with bed bugs in clothes during treatment?

November 8, 2006

This is an old FAQ, from November 2006. Some more recent data has changed our recommendations for how to deal with laundry. Some pest management professionals no longer require most customers to treat all their clothing; if your PCO doesn’t require it, I am not sure I would bother. Other information below is still relevant. […]

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