San Francisco to change policies for dealing with bed bugs (public meeting Thursday 3/22!)

March 21, 2012

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city will soon be changing some of the rules for how landlords (and other property owners) deal with bed bugs, and it’s not too late for those of you in San Francisco to learn more about and weigh in on the proposed changes. The Chron reports, Some of […]

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Pest Control Technology’s Aug. 2009 bed bug supplement

August 28, 2009

Check out the new “Bed Bug Supplement” in August’s PCT: Bed Bugs: A Market Opportunity, Pest Control Technology Magazine – August 2009. I know: the title grates on us. It’s hard to think of your itchy, costly nightmare with a blood-sucking parasite as someone else’s “market opportunity,” but it is to our advantage as bed […]

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The edge of your mattress will be loaded with bed bug eggs, or not

April 27, 2009

I think the news media should cover bed bugs more, not less. However, sometimes I am frustrated by the information readers are given. For example, a new article from KVAL in Eugene, Oregon states, A key place to look in your home is the edge of your mattress. “This will be the first place you […]

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KillerQueen speaks! Over at New York vs. Bed Bugs…

January 4, 2009

The NYC Pest Control Operator known as KillerQueen on our Bedbugger Forums is, in fact, John Furman, who runs Boot-a-Pest. The hardest working bed bug activist and blogger, Renee Corea, did a nice in-depth interview with him over on New York vs. Bed Bugs. Furman’s magic secret may be his belief in careful, detailed inspections: […]

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Excellent new podcast: Renee in conversation with David Cain

December 28, 2008

I don’t have enough time at this moment to do much commentary on this, but I want to point you to New York vs. Bed Bugs, where Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs posted a new podcast with David Cain of Bed Bugs Limited (many readers will also know David from our Bedbugger forums, […]

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Status of New Jersey bed bug extermination bill A3203: so far so good

December 9, 2008

We now have a status update on the bill in the New Jersey Assembly which would make landlords entirely responsible for eradicating bed bugs in rental properties. According to PolitickerNJ.com, The Assembly Housing and Local Government Committee released the measure 5- 0 with one abstention. It now heads to the Assembly Speaker, who decides if […]

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Farmington Days’ Inn story prompts another local hotel to be proactive about bed bugs

October 28, 2008

It was the Farmington, New Mexico Days Inn that hotel guests claimed had the recent bed bug troubles. But KOB reports that the local Best Western is now publicizing their pro-active campaign against bed bugs. They say exterminators are coming once a month and spraying when needed. The video (below) shows Ladybug Pest Control peering […]

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“Bug Bombs” responsible for 465 injuries and a baby’s death (8 states covered, 5 years)

October 16, 2008

HealthDay News (part of U.S. News and Word Report) reports that Between 2001 and 2006, commercial “bug bomb” insect deterrents caused 466 cases of acute pesticide-related illness or injury in eight states, U.S. researchers reported Thursday. Presumably many more cases have happened in the other 42 US states and in other countries. We have been […]

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Miranda’s story: a visit from the PCO for bed bugs, part 2

October 7, 2008

Editor’s note: Miranda sent us an update today. You can read the first part of her story here. When we last heard from Miranda, a PCO tech (called Ariel) had promised her a second, thorough, bed bug treatment from her original tech (Caliban) in her apartment in a multi-unit building. Rated PG [language] ————————– Miranda’s […]

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A visit from the PCO to treat bed bugs (first-person account from Miranda)

October 6, 2008

Dear Readers, A Bedbugger has agreed to let me share this story of her recent treatment by a Pest Control Operator for bed bugs. Reader “Miranda” wrote the epistle below (which she emailed me) and I took the liberty of changing names to protect the parties involved. Sensitive readers, please be warned, the item below […]

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Mark Sheperdigian: inspection is “single most crucial operation in bed bug treatments”

September 8, 2008

Mark Sheperdigian has published a new article in Pest Management Professional. It begins, It has been said that you cannot hit what you cannot see — and for bed bugs, that goes double. The single most crucial operation in bed bug treatments is the inspection. Inspection is, unfortunately, also the part of the process that […]

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Man blew up apartment while trying to self-treat a bug infestation

July 22, 2008

MSNBC reports that an Eatontown, NJ man blew his apartment up while trying to get rid of insects with bug spray in his apartment: The accident occurred as [Isias Vidal] Maceda was spraying for pests in his kitchen. Somehow the bug spray ignited a blast that blew out the apartment’s front windows and triggered a […]

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