May 2007

FAQ: My landlord hired a PCO who comes twice a month, and we still have bed bugs

May 31, 2007

This is a common refrain. So common at the moment that I feel I need to say something. For Donniaeus in the blog comments, for Nyjammin in the forums, for the folks on the yahoo group: If you live somewhere where the law says your landlord is responsible for treating your home for bed bugs […]

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Bed Bug Outbreaks on the Rise in SoCal (Fox News)

May 30, 2007

Another story about bed bugs on the TV news, replete with PCO inspection and treatment (including inspection of the inside of a PC tower!) Baring his arm for the obligatory shots of bed bugs feeding on an entomologist’s arm: UC-Riverside entomologist Dr. Alec Gerry.

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Bombs and foggers not a good DIY option

May 30, 2007

Bug bombs ( and aerosol foggers) do not get rid of bed bugs.  They can make your bed bug problems worse, by spreading them deep into your walls or to your neighbors (not the intended effect in a multi-unit building). From various bed bug experts and trusted information sources, I have gathered the following suggestions: […]

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Did I get my bed bugs on Ebay?

May 30, 2007

That’s the title of this article, written by someone who had bed bugs. She speculates that she may well have gotten them from eBay. Or from a roommate who is completely unaffected by the bugs, but who likes to travel. (Maybe he brought them home, but, unallergic, never noticed them). She also has an experience […]

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Bed Bug Helloise with “exciting” XL Ziploc bag news

May 29, 2007

Bed Bug Helloise returns with a useful tidbit: Hello everyone! You know, besides reruns of Green Acres, and occasionally speaking of herself in the third person, there’s nothing Bed Bug Helloise enjoys more than sturdy, useful bed bug-fighting products. So believe me when she tells you she has exciting news: XL Ziplocs are now being […]

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Lou’s bed bug video

May 27, 2007

From Lou Sorkin, a video that shows a colony of bed bugs, all five stages of nymphs plus adult. Many have recently been fed. It’s helpful because it shows their movements. Thanks Lou!

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FAQ: Bedbugger en español: ¿Cómo puedo evitar propagar las chinches a otros cuando visito sus hogares?

May 26, 2007

Tengo chinches y a veces voy a quedarme a dormir a la casa de amigos y parientes. ¡Que dilema! ¿Como puedo cerciorarme de no llevarle chinches a mi anfitrión? (¡Ja ja, que cambio! Con las chinches generalmente me refiero a mi misma cuando digo “anfitrión.”) Las chinches son tan pequeñas, tan escurridizas, tan hábiles viajeras. […]

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Bed bug news round-up (New Jersey is notably silent)

May 25, 2007

Such an interesting assortment of bed bug news came through my inbox this evening. First, WLNS of Lansing, Michigan warns that bed bugs are the pest of the 21st century, that they “wreak havoc on your skin and your life,” their incidence has increased 75% n five years (oh, I’d say much more than that), […]

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Watch out – DDT article below

May 24, 2007

This article is from a group that I would admittedly consider to have a bias but I’m allowing them to be the strange bedfellow in my bed (of course on risers) on this issue. Bedbug Outbreak Hits All 50 States Thanks to DDT Ban Written By: James Hoare Published In: Environment News Publication Date: June 1, 2007 […]

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Wednesday: bed bug segment to air on tonight’s NBC News with Brian Williams

May 23, 2007

Just a tip we received from a reader. Thanks reader! According to their website, the program runs from 6:30 – 7 EST. Check your local listings, get those DVRs and TIVOs cranked up, and let’s hope it’s a good one. MSNBC has done good work on bed bugs in the past, and has many useful […]

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One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small, but bed bugs just make you itch

May 23, 2007

My apologies to Jefferson Airplane. And now for something completely different: news not from New Jersey. Just five months after a certain Village Voice columnist made readers feel all creepy and start looking for bed bugs everywhere, as if paranoid, a music review in the same paper about an indie band called White Rabbit implies […]

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ABC 7 Eyewitness News: Edison, NJ infestation

May 22, 2007

ABC7 just aired a story in their news at 5. It was less urgent than a blood-covered intruder in Coram, Long Island, but beat out the 60-year-old mother of twins. (Mazel tov, Mrs. Birnbaum!) Here’s the transcript. The video is here (scroll down to Bed Bug Invasion in Edison Apartment Complex). Seriously, the lead-in was […]

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