Iowa low-income housing residents’ bed bugs lawsuit will proceed as class action

November 11, 2011

Remember the elderly and disabled tenants of the two bed bug-infested Des Moines, Iowa low-income buildings, Elsie Mason Manor and Ligutti Towers? We last mentioned this case in March 2010, when the residents filed a class action lawsuit. At the time, the tenants had already had bed bugs for more than two years. Now, the […]

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EPA Awards $550K in Grants to Combat Bed Bugs

April 12, 2011

The United States Environmental Protection Agency reported in a press release Wednesday that it is awarding five grants worth a total of $550,000 to five recipients so they may “implement new approaches in managing bed bug problems” in regions with “significant” bed bug problems, but few resources for dealing with the problem. The University of […]

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Horrific story from Ottawa: bed bug sufferer overdoses

December 4, 2008

This story first made me want to cry. And then it made me want to smash my hand into the wall. The Ottawa Citizen reported today on the story of a local woman named Jadwiga Dziedziczak, aged 60. For ten years, she’s lived in an Ottawa public housing unit on Wurtemburg Street. She had bed […]

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Allentown’s Hamilton Street Apartments infested with bed bugs

December 1, 2008

Residents of an Allentown apartment building are facing bed bugs, NBC 10 reports. These are government-subsidized apartments run by the Lehigh County Housing Authority. Residents are seeing bed bugs and some have had itchy bed bug bites for as long as five months.  Some tenants complained their units were not treated, others that the LCHA […]

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Jacksonville, Florida story: fighting bed bugs without a PCO

November 18, 2008

In some places, landlords don’t have to provide bed bug treatment. According to this site, Florida isn’t one of them. The site notes, General Landlord Duties Landlords are required to deliver possession of the rental property to the renter when the lease period begins. Failure to do so may entitle the renter to sue for […]

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Toronto Bed Bug Project Update coming Monday, forecast looking good

November 16, 2008

There’s an article in today’s Toronto Sun updating us on Toronto’s Bed Bug Project. Toronto Public Health reported yesterday that it has recorded a near 1,000% increase in bed bug infestation calls and they aren’t just from flophouses. The blood-sucking bugs have prompted 1,444 calls to public health officials for help — up from 147 […]

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Bella Vista residents in New Haven are getting bed bug k9 inspections

September 17, 2008

Remember the Bella Vista in New Haven? That was the complex where low-income, elderly and disabled residents found out their building had bed bugs by watching the news. Now Radar of Advanced K-9 Detectives is searching for bed bugs with his beagle nose. Watch this clip from News 8 in New Haven. Carl Massicott of […]

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Bed bugs in Grand Forks, North Dakota public housing

August 10, 2008

Public housing tenants in a Grand Forks, North Dakota public housing development are suffering from bed bug bites, according to a story in he Grand Forks Herald Saturday. The article, “Bedbugs infest GF apartment complex again,” said twelve units were infested in the 76-unit Cherry Heights complex (at 110 Cherry Street), which houses those over […]

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Toronto Board of Health gearing up to fight bed bugs

March 10, 2008

A bit of background: Toronto has had a serious bed bug problem for some time, just like New York, London, San Francisco, Vancouver–I could go on and on, but you get the idea. The Toronto Star also has a journalist called Joe Fiorito who wrote extensively and repeatedly about how serious a problem bed bugs […]

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