Oregon bill under consideration allows for tracking bed bugs without identifying details

February 7, 2013

Oregon’s House Health Committee passed House Bill 2131 Wednesday which (if it becomes law) would help enable tracking bed bugs in the state, by permitting pest control operators to report cases without exposing clients to a “public backlash”. The bill is designed to keep the specific details of each case — who has bed bugs, […]

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“Adapting parasites to combat disease” patent applied for by Microsoft

January 17, 2011

File under “mad scientists.” Microsoft has applied for a patent for “adapting parasites to combat disease,” as follows: United States Patent Application: 0110010782: Kind Code A1 Horvitz; Eric J. ; et al. January 13, 2011 ADAPTING PARASITES TO COMBAT DISEASE Abstract Provided are systems and/or methods that facilitate sensing, detecting, logging, or treatment of a […]

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Guess who’s coming to dinner?

October 24, 2010

Lou Sorkin gave that title to his latest photo, featuring bed bugs dining on his hand alongside body lice. Yes, body lice. Lou does things like this to educate us, and I am very grateful. Plus, he’s got a hilarious sense of humor! Lou describes his photo as follows: Bed bug, Cimex lectularius, and also […]

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Heat treatment for bed bugs is not a Do It Yourself project

September 27, 2010

Although heat treatments can be effective for bed bugs, this is not a treatment method you can do yourself. A Lexington, Kentucky woman recently set her home on fire while trying to treat her home with heat to kill bed bugs. WKYT reports, Carol says they’ve called exterminators in before to no avail. So frustrated, […]

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Bed bugs are back! / ¡Los Chinches Estan De Vuelta!

April 28, 2010

Dear Readers, We have some very creative and funny people in our forums.  When funny people get bed bugs, their humor serves as comic relief for all of us in the trenches. Below, a recent contribution from a reader going by the name of elchinche. It was originally posted on the forums. With elchinche’s permission, […]

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NY Press spreads potentially bad ideas about bed bug treatment

February 17, 2010

A story in the New York Press yesterday tells the tale of a pest tech’s daily work.   He rides around in a car covered on the inside in Delta Dust: Plus, everything in Frank’s car, including us, is covered with a fine white powder. It’s called Delta Dust, and its active ingredient is the neurotoxin […]

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