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Man trying to kill bed bugs sets home on fire in New Jersey

June 12, 2013

I can’t emphasize it enough: heat treatment for bed bugs is not a do-it-yourself project. Not only is it dangerous, but it may not get rid of bed bugs, even if the DIY-er and the home survive intact.  (And that’s a big “if”!) And now it’s happened again: someone attempting to kill bed bugs with […]

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Man with “Bed bugs falling off of his clothing” causes Trenton courtroom to be evacuated

April 19, 2011

A Trentonian headline announced Monday, “Trenton judge clears courtroom after man’s clothes drip bedbugs”: TRENTON — A visitor infested with bedbugs forced the evacuation of a city courtroom Monday and prompted officials to seal off the room and call in an exterminator. “The guy literally had bedbugs falling off of his clothing,” a court employee […]

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A new graphic-novel style tale of bed bug woe, from Jersey City Stringer

August 6, 2010

Here’s the story of a family’s battle against bed bugs, beautifully told in the graphic-novel style, in multiple installments. The artist (a reader of this site), is Jersey City Stringer, who battled bed bugs for six months with her husband in their Jersey City home.  The bed bugs were discovered while the artist was eight […]

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Bed bugs in Princeton apartment building

April 3, 2010

Centraljersey.com reported Thursday on a conflict between tenants and landlord in a Princeton, New Jersey apartment building which has a problem with bed bugs.  Tenant Bob Carlson of 205 Nassau Street has been suffering from bed bug bites for months, and claims the whole building is infested. View Larger Map Princeton Health Officer David Henry […]

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Bed bugs strike Hamilton, New Jersey elementary school

March 29, 2010

Bed bugs were found last week in a Hamilton, New Jersey elementary school; the entire building was inspected and two classrooms were treated on Saturday, March 26th. According to the Trentonian, Township officials recently completed the extermination of bedbugs at the Langtree Elementary school in two classrooms. Officials said that as a precaution, the entire […]

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Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital vs. bed bugs

December 8, 2009

Greystone Park, a $200 million psychiatric hospital in Morris Plains, NJ, which opened last year (part of the NJ Division of Mental Health), is battling a bed bug infestation which is thought to be mostly in staff areas. The Star-Ledger reports, Exterminators have been called to the nearly 500-patient state facility in Parsippany which opened […]

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Newark and Seattle Bed Bug Symposiums this week

August 27, 2009

There’s a nice recap of Tuesday’s National Pest Management Association 2009 Bed Bug Symposium in Newark, NJ on the M&M Buzz, PCO M&M Environmental’s blog. Another NPMA Bed Bug Symposium today (8/27) in Seattle.  Anyone attending? We welcome your comments on the Newark or Seattle NPMA Bed Bug Symposiums below! The bed bug war?  It’s […]

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New Jersey: all hands on deck! A-3203 coming up for discussion tomorrow!

February 4, 2009

PolicickerNJ reports A-3203 is coming up for consideration Thursday. Also to be considered is legislation (A-3203) Assembly members Joan M. Quigley (D-Hudson), L. Grace Spencer (D-Essex), L. Harvey Smith (D-Hudson), Cleopatra Tucker (D-Essex) and Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden) sponsored to hold landlords responsible for keeping multi-unit apartment complexes free of bedbug infestations. The sponsors crafted the […]

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Jersey City hotel closed due to fire safety and bed bug violations

October 2, 2008

The Jersey Journal reports that the Starlite Motel on Tonnelle Avenue near Fifth Street in Jersey City was closed by Jersey City inspectors yesterday “due to bedbug infestation and fire code violations.” “In this case, the motel in question had numerous fire violations and was infested with bedbugs, which placed their guests at a great […]

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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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Jersey City Fire Dept. sets up “decontamination tent” outside building with bed bugs

July 31, 2008

I really don’t know what to make of this article in Tuesday’s Jersey Journal. Some Hudson County Sheriff’s officers were answering a domestic violence call in Jersey City, and encountered bed bugs in the home. (The article claims the officers were bitten by bed bugs upon entering the home.) What happens next is quite astonishing: […]

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New Jersey legislators pushing to make landlords pay for bed bug treatment

July 30, 2008

As we’ve noted recently, New Jersey’s Warranty of Habitability laws currently state that landlords of buildings with three or more apartments have to pay for their tenants’ bed bug treatment. But the laws don’t prohibit landlords from passing on the costs to tenants. The real problem with this is that it means some folks may […]

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