Bed bug B.S. in the media, part I – Ohio’s secondhand stores

September 30, 2010

Though the media frenzy around bed bugs is conveying lots of good information, the bed bug B.S. is not any less prevalent than it used to be. First, let’s consider this NBC 4i report that explores the issue of bed bugs and secondhand merchandise in Ohio. (If embedded video does not play, click here to […]

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Spread bed bugs quickly. Ask me how!

February 20, 2010

If there was ever a reason to hand out buttons bearing such a slogan, this is it. AlisaS writes on lifestyle forum The Nest , One of my patients told me her friend had a big garage sale to get rid of all of his bed bug infested furniture and didn’t disclose. This happens more […]

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New York Magazine on bed bugs

November 13, 2007

New York Magazine has a new bed bug story dated November 12th (print edition of 11/19), by Melissa Kirsch. It contains lots of solid advice about not picking up curbside furniture, being wary of Craigslist finds, and searching for fecal spots and blood stains. But it also contains some advice we don’t normally see. Especially […]

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Today show recommends sharing used mattresses on Craigslist, Freecycle

November 6, 2007

On the Today show this morning, Katie Couric Meredith Viera said, “You can’t live in New York without finding old mattresses and TVs along the curbside because people don’t know what else to do with them. But there is someone who will take them.” Her interviewee, Chip Giller of, suggested going to Craigslist or […]

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Finally, somebody does something: Cincinnati’s new Bed Bug Remediation Commission

September 7, 2007

We’ve been following the bed bug situation in Cincinnati for a while. Yesterday, Joe Wessels of the Cincinnati Post reported that city officials were forming a commission to fight the problem: The Bedbug Remediation Commission, a five-member panel of local health, social service and elected leaders, is in the process of forming and will try […]

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“Take me please, I’m not infested”

August 31, 2007

That’s the plea on a discarded sofa, the photo of which is posted on the wonderfully-named Greenpoint blog, What the authors of the sign do not know is, just because they do not feel any bites, doesn’t mean you won’t. Many people don’t react to bed bug bites. Caveat curb-shopper!

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Bed bugs and marketing (again)

July 13, 2007

We’ve talked in the past about the continued use of bed bugs in children’s television, videos and toys, and store names–all places where people would never want to conjure up images and sensations associated with real bed bugs. It’s a sign, of course, that everyone doesn’t yet get how nasty they are, yet. Here’s a […]

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