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Woman says she suffered bed bug bites at Bally’s in Atlantic City

January 16, 2009

Fox 29 Philadelphia reports Gail Edmond claims she suffered from bed bug bites on her arm, wrist, finger, and stomach, while staying at Bally’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Edmond says she isn’t seeking a payout: “Want money? I’m not hurting. I don’t want money from Bally’s. My main concern here was, […]

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New New York Times Editorial on bed bugs: underinformed

January 14, 2009

There’s a new New York Times Editorial on bed bugs today, and of course, we are always glad to see bed bugs mentioned in the media, especially in articles calling for New York City officials to do more about the problem. The editorial carries no byline, and calls for a bed bug task force. It […]

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Cincinnati stops bed bug inspections; MSNBC touts Cincinnati’s educational campaign; hmpf.

January 7, 2009

Cincinnati’s health department got almost 11 times as many requests for help with bed bugs in 2008 compared with 2007 (the number jumped from 70 to 750).  And the Cincinnati Enquirer reports today that they’ve now ceased inspecting for bed bugs. Hmpf. We knew this was coming when the 2009 budget did not include the […]

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Bed bug Intro. 873 on WNYC today

January 4, 2009

Click here to listen to this brief news item on New York City Council’s Intro. 873 from WNYC news, New York. The tone of the item is dominated by the Health Department’s reminder that bed bugs are only “a stressful and unpleasant nuisance,” and that the health department already has a page on its website […]

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Why bed bugs are taking over Chicagoland

December 26, 2008

Well, perhaps that’s not fair. I am sure there are loads of reasons why bed bugs are spreading around Chicago. The lack of assistance from city agencies is only one contributing factor. Jessica of Chicago vs. Bed Bugs has a disturbing post today about what happens when you call 311 to report bed bugs in […]

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Columbia Housing Authority fights bed bugs in Paquin Tower

November 23, 2008

This article from the Columbia Tribune explores what it takes for a public housing agency to fight bed bugs in a building designated for people with mental and/or physical disabilities. The problem at Paquin Towers was first detected in March and has escalated since then, with 10% of the buildings 200 units already having been […]

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Woman notifies hotel desk about bed bugs in room, is evicted from hotel

October 16, 2008

Channel 5 in Kansas City, Missouri reports that a woman says she found bed bugs in her room at the Value Place Hotel after noticing bed bug bites on her child. Instead of moving the woman to another room and dealing with the problem, the hotel simply evicted her: After she alerted the front desk, […]

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Bed bug bill in New Jersey General Assembly: A-3203

September 17, 2008

New Jersey Assembly members Joan M. Quigley, L. Grace Spencer, and L. Harvey Smith introduced legislation (A-3203) on Monday which would make New Jersey landlords wholly responsible for eliminating bed bugs from rented accommodation. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee for a hearing. Here’s a video of Joan […]

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Bed bugs on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela

September 12, 2008

Santiago de Compostela (Spain) – Old Town Originally uploaded by Danielzolli Every year, many thousands of pilgrims walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostela — a medieval pilgrimage route which is very popular today among spiritually-minded “pilgrims,” as well as those attracted by an interest in history, hiking / biking, or travel. It traverses hundreds […]

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Bed bugs on the news: a warning!

August 25, 2008

We’ve all become accustomed to the sight of a news personality interviewing an entomologist who studies bed bugs. Richard Cooper, Lou Sorkin, Michael Potter, and many more bed bug experts have been featured in this way, again and again, in all the major news media. Often, they bring a vial of bed bugs, and someone […]

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Another Craigslist bed bug story

August 21, 2008

It’s a dangerous time for taking in secondhand goods. These days, you don’t need to crawl the curbside looking for secondhand furniture that may contain bed bugs. Craigslist, Freecycle, and similar websites offer forums where people with stuff can connect with people who can buy it or take it for free. Inevitably, some of that […]

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Motel 6 room design changes: cooler, more functional, less bed bug-friendly

August 18, 2008

This MSNBC article by Anya Yurchyshyn, a Budget Travel writer, describes how Motel 6 is changing its room designs to make the rooms cooler and more functional. The upgrades may also make rooms less bed bug-friendly than traditional-style US hotel rooms. Of particular relevance to our topic of interest: upgrades to beds and flooring. The […]

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