Lou Sorkin

Bed bug art: Lou Sorkin’s patchwork is beautiful & educational

October 22, 2013

Lou Sorkin’s latest bed bug art project is as colorful as it is educational: Of this photo, Lou writes, A patchwork quilt of plankton net, bed bug feces, metabolic waste and eggs for the fall. Plankton netting was the substrate upon which the bed bugs have harbored. Unfortunately, not all pictures have the same focus […]

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Bed bugs do not need to stand on your skin in order to feed (photos)

February 25, 2013

Bed bugs don’t actually need to stand on your skin to feed. These images from entomologist Lou Sorkin (who feeds a colony of bed bugs kept for research purposes) show bed bugs can “reach out and bite someone,” so to speak. Lou Sorkin describes this photo as follows: 1. Cimex in a vial

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What do bed bug shed skins look like?

January 15, 2013

More helpful images from Lou Sorkin — in this case, images of bed bug shed skins. Bed bug shed skins are one of the visual signs we look for in order to confirm bed bugs: bed bugs, bed bug eggs, bed bug fecal stains and bed bug shed skins (which are also known as bed […]

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Bed bugs and apple seeds? Apples and oranges, says Lou Sorkin

January 24, 2012

Again and again, journalists point out that bed bugs are “about the size of” apple seeds, or that they even “look like” apple pips. You don’t have to look to the media reports for this cliché — it’s found in everything from the National Pesticide Information Center and Indiana University fact sheets, to give just […]

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Christmas Dinner Chez Lou

December 25, 2010

Lou shared some unusual photos today of his bed bug colony feeding — the bugs are in an atypical feeding posture, lying down on their backs. With his characteristic humor, Lou wrote, “Not sure if they ate too much or are basically just lazy after dining out.” Merry Christmas, everyone, and may all your bed […]

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Bed bugs in the London Review of Books & Sunday Times Magazine

December 22, 2010

Hugh Pennington takes bed bugs as his subject in the January 6, 2011 edition of the London Review of Books. I was glad to see the story published, and it is interesting on some levels, but falls short on others. My main concern here is that Pennington reiterates several times that bed bugs “have only […]

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WBAI’s Housing Notebook with advice for tenants living with bed bugs in New York

January 4, 2010

Tonight’s Housing Notebook on New York public radio station WBAI featured bed bugs. The program description reads: Vajra Kilgour interviewed American Museum of Natural History entomologist Lou Sorkin and tenant lawyer Catharine Grad in a discussion of New York City’s nightmare scourge – bedbugs – and what tenants can do to get rid of them. […]

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Bed bugs in the media: Animal Planet’s “Monsters Inside Me”

July 16, 2009

The Animal Planet show “Monsters Inside Me” recently featured an episode on bed bugs. Though the series title is misleading (since bed bugs do not live inside people), it is a show about human parasites. I strongly caution you that the images linked below can be quite disturbing to someone who is experiencing, has experienced, […]

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