pest control

Bed bugs found at Whirlpool factory in Ohio

June 15, 2014

Bed bugs were found last week in the health center in the Greenville, Ohio Whirlpool plant, WDTN (2 NEWS) reports: 2 NEWS obtained a notice to employees that read in part, “We want to let you know that we had an isolated incident in the health center on Monday, June 9. There have been no […]

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“An Army of Bed Bugs”: Wash Post on how to kill bed bugs

March 14, 2014

You can kill bed bugs, but it is not a simple or overnight matter. The Washington Post published Jessica Goldstein’s story of dealing with bed bugs yesterday. The article (“An army of bedbugs was partying in her mattress. What else could go wrong?”) does a good job of conveying what it’s like to deal with […]

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Bed bugs and bullets: Boston pest controller finds gun stash

April 7, 2013

The Boston Globe reports that a Boston pest control operator recently uncovered an illegal guns and ammunition stash under someone’s bed, while searching for bed bugs in a South End public housing development: A pest-control worker found two guns Saturday morning while checking for bed bugs under a mattress in a unit in the Cathedral […]

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Word to the NYCDOE: if bed bugs enter schools, they can harbor in them and be taken home

February 19, 2013

PS 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens has had bed bugs in fifteen classrooms since September 2012, but the New York City Department of Education claims it isn’t infested. As I will explain in a moment, it all hinges on how the DOE defines the term “infested.” (Click here to view video if it doesn’t load.) […]

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New York Times story on how libraries and their patrons respond to bed bug risks

December 6, 2012

New York Times journalist Catherine Saint Louis has a new story today about bed bugs in libraries. The article describes ways various libraries in the US have responded to bed bug infestations or tried to prevent them, and how library patrons are themselves responding to the risk of bed bugs in libraries and library books. […]

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FAQ: Is it fleas or bed bugs?

November 9, 2012

You may be wondering, do I have fleas or bed bugs?  Scanning Electron Micrograph of a Flea. So you think something is biting you but you’re not sure what?  Many folks eventually find the culprit is fleas, rather than bed bugs. Myth: I don’t have pets so I can’t have fleas. Not true!  Fleas can […]

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Can alcohol keep bed bugs from biting?

June 1, 2012

No, I don’t mean using rubbing alcohol as a contact kill spray. The question is: will getting a bit tipsy will have any effect on the bed bugs which are biting you? Ralph Narain, a PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, presented his research on the “Effects of various blood alcohol concentrations on bed […]

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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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Unlicensed exterminator charged with using banned pesticides to treat bed bugs

June 17, 2010

Boston.com reports that a Massachusetts man has been charged with using agricultural pesticides malathion and carbaryl (which are banned for use indoors) to treat bed bugs in Quincy, Somerville, Malden, and Everett, Massachusetts, and is also charged with running a pesticide application business without certification. Josimar Ferreira owned TVF Pest Control, on Main Street in […]

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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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Astoria fires caused by attempts to treat bed bugs with gasoline

December 21, 2009

The Queens Gazette reports that the NYC Fire Department has seen multiple incidents (in Astoria alone) of fires started after residents poured gasoline on mattresses to kill bed bugs. Some people with bed bugs even applied gasoline to themselves and their children. FDNY officials said several Astoria residents called 911 over the past few months […]

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Never assume the tenant who complains about bed bugs is the only tenant with bed bugs

June 22, 2009

Cambridge (UK) tenant Alison Stephenson claims her property development and management firm Places for People is not concerned about her flat’s bed bug problem.  The tenant is apparently responsible for treatment, and Stephenson seems to be happy to arrange for this. But she says other units are infested also.  And there’s nothing she can do […]

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