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Killing bed bugs with a hairdryer, and other bad slow-news-day tips

July 1, 2014

It’s that time of year, folks, bed bug season! Sure, bed bugs happen year round, but they do tend to multiply and spread a bit more quickly in the warmer months, due to various factors. This means the pest management professionals are busy, and the consumers are too-often itchy (and hot, which makes itching worse). […]

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Bed bugs: epidemic or media hype?

November 5, 2010

The most original bed bug story a journalist can tell is that bed bugs aren’t really an epidemic after all. That was so in 2008, when Washington Post journalist David Segal wrote “Hmm. Tiny, Evil– and Everywhere?” Still, it’s two years later and we’re ripe for a new attempted debunking of the “bed bug epidemic”; […]

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Bed bugs hit CBS offices in New York City

July 2, 2010

Nellie Andreeva of the Deadline.com blog says she received a tip that CBS’s New York City offices were infested with bed bugs. She writes, … a couple of leased-out floors in satellite CBS offices in New York housing internal audit and CBS syndication sales executives have been affected by what a CBS representative described as […]

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Into every hotel, a little bed bug will creep

December 28, 2009

Bed bugs can be a problem in any hotel, regardless of quality. It’s almost inevitable that someone will bring a bed bug in eventually. Hotels can go to some lengths to train staff about signs and symptoms, and to implement a bed bug inspection program. But eventually into every hotel, a bed bug will creep. […]

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Rachael Ray to feature bed bug segment on Friday

October 17, 2009

The Rachael Ray Show this coming Friday (10/23/2009) will feature a segment on bed bugs: It’s being called the worst bed bug outbreak in 60 years, so Dr. Ian Smith checks in with the top three tips to help you get the critters to check out! Episode guide here.

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More on bed bugs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: again with the HAZMAT showers?!?

April 30, 2009

Remember last week, when the boardinghouse/SRO hotel above the Tara Station Bar in Harrisburg was found to be infested — apparently by bed bugs — but in the two stories covering the case, WHPTV (CBS Channel 21) reporters refused to say the phrase “bed bugs”, referring instead to “bugs” and “insects?” This was so, even […]

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Law & Order to feature bed bugs tonight! (updated)

April 28, 2009

Bed bug blogger Unlucky in Bugs tells us that Law & Order: Criminal Intent will feature bed bugs tonight (April 26, 2009). Interestingly, UiB tells us, The entomologist is played by the husband of a good friend of my sister’s, who is one of the first people I heard of to get bed bugs way […]

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Harrisburg’s Channel 21 News: afraid to say “bed bugs”?

April 21, 2009

I was highly perplexed to watch this two-day report from CBS 21 News in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Yesterday, Ewa Roman reported on a “Bug Infested Building” in a boardinghouse over the Tara Station bar on 4th St. in Harrisburg, near the Pennsylvania State Capital building: Bugs on the ceilings and walls. Insects are taking over the […]

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Steven Kells: bed bugs “could almost be considered like a disease themselves”

April 3, 2009

Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs alerted readers to this story from KARE11.com. It’s yet another response to the new JAMA report, but we appreciated this approach: There is some good news. A new study this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says when bit by a bed bug, most […]

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Wednesday’s New York City Council vote on the Bed Bug Advisory Board: it passed!

March 12, 2009

The New York City Bed Bug Advisory Board bill (Intro. 57a) was passed yesterday! This fox segment preceding the vote Wednesday was just a sample — there was a lot of press, from Fox and Newsday to the Canarsie Courier. The New York Press was clearly too traumatized to post an actual bed bug photo, […]

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Bed bug education event on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Tuesday focused on prevention and IPM

March 4, 2009

WLOX.com reports that a bed bug education session was held in Gulfport, Mississippi yesterday: GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Don’t let the bed bugs bite! That’s what local pest control employees, state health officials, and people in the tourism industry learned Tuesday. About 70 people took part in a training session in Gulfport to learn more […]

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Joe Fiorito on thermal, DDT, and public health

February 4, 2009

Joe Fiorito has an excellent new article today, and it represents a departure from many of his past bed bug stories, which focused on individual stories of life with bed bugs, often focusing on low-income and elderly tenants. This time, Fiorito reports on a presentation by Dr. Michael Potter, long one of our favorite entomologists, […]

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