Michigan stories: bed bug-related sleep deprivation, and mattress dumping

May 1, 2012

Two stories involving bed bugs in Michigan caught my eye today. They consider two different sides of the “dumped mattress” problem. The first story from today’s Detroit Free Press suggests that a large number of people are losing sleep due to not sleeping on a bed. Not surprisingly, it mentions bed bugs as one of […]

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Bed bug bites: latest research says most do react

April 4, 2010

Bed bug bites are one of the murkiest areas when it comes to our knowledge of bed bugs: who reacts, when, and how? The latest research says most people do react to bed bug bites. The February 2010 issue of PCT Online reported the results of the latest study of bed bug bite reactions carried […]

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University of Manitoba student rooms infested with bed bugs

June 5, 2009

Several dorm rooms at the University of Manitoba are infested with bed bugs; they’re undergoing treatment, and residents have been relocated to temporary accommodation. While university officials here are “taking the issue very seriously,” according to CBC, they’re also assuring the media that bed bugs are “not a health risk” (as officials almost always do). […]

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New York Times Health article on bed bugs: bed bugs bite

April 13, 2009

Jane Brody reports in the New York Times Health section today about the spread of bed bugs, and their effects on health.  Of course, she mentions the recent JAMA report, and the fact that bed bugs are not yet known to spread contagious diseases. Brody outlines the varying effects of bed bug bites: Most people […]

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Bed Bugs and Public Health

April 1, 2009

The news was abuzz today with reports about a new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, from Jerome Goddard and Richard DeShazo. It’s a review of past research on the question of whether bed bugs transmit disease. . . . in the April 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical […]

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Self-treatment for bed bugs probably caused Cincinnati fire

January 26, 2009

This article from Local 12 in Cincinnati, Ohio reports that a resident’s attempts to self-treat for bed bugs likely contributed to a fire last night in Scottwood Avenue in Bond Hill. Investigators believe the resident was treating a bedroom with a mixture of alcohol and bug killing solution. A cigarette may have ignited fumes generated […]

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Bed bug Intro. 873 on WNYC today

January 4, 2009

Click here to listen to this brief news item on New York City Council’s Intro. 873 from WNYC news, New York. The tone of the item is dominated by the Health Department’s reminder that bed bugs are only “a stressful and unpleasant nuisance,” and that the health department already has a page on its website […]

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Halifax tenants dealing with with bed bugs and unsympathetic health department

November 10, 2008

The Chronicle Herald in Halifax had more to say about bed bugs on Sunday, reminding readers that it can be hard to get a landlord to deal with bed bugs in private rentals, and pointing out exactly why the provincial government isn’t getting involved: Tenants who move into privately owned apartments already infested with bedbugs […]

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Toronto municipal councillor pushes for bed bugs to be declared a health hazard

October 14, 2008

Toronto Municipal Councillor Howard Moscoe is pushing for bed bugs to be declared a health hazard in that city. The question is not just a semantic one. In Toronto, defining bed bugs as a “health hazard” would have legal ramifications. The CBC reports: “Because the Health Act does not declare them a health hazard, you […]

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We love Dr. Susan Jones, Entomologist

October 1, 2008

Why? Because she’s one of those entomologists who’s telling it like it is, to public officials who want to ignore the bed bug problem. The Columbus Dispatch quoted Jones Tuesday as saying, “If you bury your head in the sand, you’re going to get bitten, and it’s just going to get worse and worse,” said […]

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Bed bug complaints in Vancouver have doubled every year for the last five years

September 12, 2008

The Vancouver Sun reports, Bedbug complaints in Metro Vancouver, which first started in 2003 with 40 complaints, have doubled each year for the past five years, said local expert Shelley Beaudet. That means there were: 40 bed bug complaints in 2003, 80 in 2004, 160 in 2005, 320 in 2006, 640 in 2007, and 1280 […]

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modafinil, bed bugs, and a Travelodge in San Francisco

January 26, 2008

Check out Maciej Ceglowski’s story of how the Bed Bug Registry came to be. The programmer behind the Bed Bug Registry is a fabulous writer.

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