public health

Bed bugs should be considered public health threat, Canadian researchers claim

February 16, 2013

An article in the Winnipeg Free Press showcases a new study by seven Canadian public health experts and physicians, which suggests bed bugs can and should be considered a public health threat, even though they are not known to transmit disease. According to the Winnipeg Free Press: “Because bedbugs have not been proven to transmit disease […]

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Bed bugs in Toronto public housing: the city does not have it together

April 13, 2010

When it comes to bed bugs, many folks have the idea that Toronto has its act together. Why?  Because it has a task force (the Toronto Bed Bug Project), initiatives like Bug and Scrub, a Public Health hotline (Toronto Health Connection 416-338-7600) where residents can call and report bed bugs so that a Public Health […]

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Bed bugs hit CNN: emphasis on how city authorities need to take control

April 10, 2010

It’s nice to see that CNN did a story on bed bugs yesterday. In Bedbugs and other pests: The ugly side of city life, Catriona Davies emphasizes the spread of bed bugs and the difficulty of controlling or eliminating them. She quotes Maciej Ceglowski on the success of his Bed Bug Registry (where users warn […]

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18-story Dayton apartment building infested with bed bugs to be treated with Vikane gas

July 27, 2009

On August 22nd, an entire 18-story apartment building in Dayton, the Biltmore at 210 N. Main St., is being treated for bed bugs with Vikane (sulfuryl fluoride) gas fumigation.  Residents will be evacuated for a week (to friends’ homes, or to a local hotel). The Dayton Daily News reports that this process is only being […]

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Soundbites from the EPA National Bed Bug Summit

April 16, 2009

We look forward to hearing more about what happened in Arlington, Virginia these last two days, at the EPA National Bed Bug Summit. This video from the Associated Press has some nice snippets from Dini Miller, Harold Harlan, and others, speaking at the conference. Pete Grasso of the PMP blog liveblogged the bed bug summit. […]

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Bed bugs bite in Edmonton sleep disorder clinic

January 23, 2009

It’s a pretty unlucky scenario when patients who checked into the Edmonton General Hospital sleep disorder clinic in order to find the cause of their sleep disturbances are woken in the middle of the night and sent home due to bed bugs.  This article from the Edmonton Journal describes just such a situation. Sleep disorder […]

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