sulfuryl fluoride

Fume Cube offers low-cost on-site commodity fumigation, packaged with inspection and treatment

November 14, 2010

Traditionally, Vikane gas (sulfuryl fluoride) has been used in two ways in the war against bed bugs: to treat a full structure (from a single-family house to a massive hotel), or to treat belongings and furniture in an enclosed space, otherwise known as commodity fumigation. It can be used to treat all kinds of belongings […]

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Gawker’s bed bug photo FAIL; White House humor & rumors

August 28, 2010

Gawker joins the mainstream US media in their confusion about what bed bugs look like. Check out their graphic for Friday’s article about the Bed Bug Registry: (At least that’s what it looks like at 1:30 am EST on Saturday 8/28, apparently more than 24 hours after it appeared.) I was also amused to see […]

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Bed bugs lead to evacuation of York, Pennsylvania apartment building

August 10, 2010

The York Dispatch reports that an apartment building in York, Pennsylvania was shut down by the fire department after someone called them to complain about a bed bug infestation. A notice on the door of 137 S. Beaver St. said the building ‘constitutes a serious hazard to the health and safety of the occupants because […]

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More on the Hollister bed bug case, and consumer fears

July 8, 2010

Racked asks how scared Hollister Epic customers should be about the recent bed bug problem in that store.  Racked says Timothy Wong of M&M Environmental … told us his firm has handled over 150 calls from freaked-out Hollister customers in the past week. On inspection, the majority turned out to be free of the tiny […]

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Bed bugs “a disaster no different from a fire” Brattleboro officials

October 9, 2009

The Brattleboro Reformer notes that bed bugs can be considered “a disaster, no different from a fire,” at least according to Brattleboro, Vermont officials. Landlord Ron Gaida applied to the town of Brattleboro, Vermont for a low-interest loan to help him treat his 8-unit rental building for bed bugs. Last week, the Selectboard approved the […]

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Aurora, Colorado woman claims she got bed bugs from rental furniture

December 19, 2008

According to Fox 31 News in Colorado, JoDean Persichetti says she did not have bed bugs in her apartment until after her shipment of rented furniture arrived: “Those bugs were not in the apartment before the furniture arrived, it’s a brand new unit,” she said. JoDean asked Rent-A-Center to pick up the furniture but the […]

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Zen and the Art of Bed Bug Prep? And positive thinking and bed bugs.

December 14, 2008

Well, okay, not Zen exactly. I enjoyed reading some of New 2 The City’s blog entries about bed bugs.  In this post, she describes going through her books over the bathtub, before bagging them and placing them in sealed containers: Upon confirming that my apartment was infested with BBs, I was instructed to put everything […]

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Hawaiian hotel is largest structure ever fumigated for bed bugs

November 25, 2008

An upscale hotel in Kona, Hawai’i is now the largest structure ever to be fumigated for bed bugs, according to this PCTOnline article. KONA, HAWAII — Nov. 24, 2008 — Kama’aina Termite & Pest Control recently completed work at the largest structure ever to be fumigated for bed bugs: an upscale hotel in Kona, Hawaii. […]

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Stamford Manor residents have had bed bugs for three years!

October 31, 2008

Here’s The Stamford Advocate with another story that makes me mad. Residents of a building for senior citizens like Adelaida Ramos have been dealing with bed bugs for three years: Ramos is one of more than 50 people at Stamford Manor, a public housing residence for seniors, who have reported bedbugs to the housing authority […]

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Goucher students evacuated apartments due to bed bugs, then found them in their hotel

October 18, 2008

According to the Baltimore Sun (10/8/2008), most of the 64 students evacuated from the Dulaney Valley Apartments because some students had apartments infested with bed bugs were moved to a local Sheraton. Now WBAL TV in Baltimore reports that some of those students have encountered bed bugs in the Sheraton: A room at the Sheraton […]

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Vikane fumigation for bed bugs successful in New Jersey

May 21, 2007

Links and other minor updates 7/8/2013 Hopelessnomo was kind enough to point me to the article “Royal Fumigation Tackles Challenging Bed Bug Infestation” from Pest Control Technology online (8 May 2007), which highlights the successful sulfuryl fluoride fumigation of an apartment building in Northern New Jersey which was “highly infested” with bed bugs. This article […]

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FAQ: what is sulfuryl fluoride/Vikane gas fumigation?

April 6, 2007

Last updated 7/8/2013 Sulfuryl fluoride fumigation (often provided under Dow’s Vikane brand) is an option for treating an entire structure (free-standing house, entire building, etc.), a vehicle, or even a “pod” full of your furniture and belongings. Given that bed bugs are so hard to eradicate, and how long it can take to treat using […]

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