December 2009

Into every hotel, a little bed bug will creep

December 28, 2009

Bed bugs can be a problem in any hotel, regardless of quality. It’s almost inevitable that someone will bring a bed bug in eventually. Hotels can go to some lengths to train staff about signs and symptoms, and to implement a bed bug inspection program. But eventually into every hotel, a bed bug will creep. […]

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Effective, cheap DIY dry ice bed bug monitor

December 21, 2009

This is really exciting. Traditionally, active bed bug monitors like the Nightwatch have cost $400 or more. Now Wan-Tien Tsai and Changlu Wang, researchers at Rutgers, have created a simple, cheap, and proven effective active bed bug monitor. To lure the bugs out of hiding, Wan-Tien Tsai of Rutgers University in New Brunswick put dry […]

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“Hoarders” features bed bugs tonight

December 21, 2009

Tonight’s episode of Hoarders on A&E (Monday 10 pm, Tuesday 2 am EST) features a bed bug case. According to A&E, Bob and Betsey’s home is filled with broken furniture, appliances, food, piles of clothes, mounds of books and toys. An invasion of fleas and bed bugs has forced them and their four children into […]

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Astoria fires caused by attempts to treat bed bugs with gasoline

December 21, 2009

The Queens Gazette reports that the NYC Fire Department has seen multiple incidents (in Astoria alone) of fires started after residents poured gasoline on mattresses to kill bed bugs. Some people with bed bugs even applied gasoline to themselves and their children. FDNY officials said several Astoria residents called 911 over the past few months […]

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Bed bugs trouble addiction treatment center in Secaucus, NJ

December 21, 2009

The Straight & Narrow addiction treatment center, based at the Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus, New Jersey, is suffering from chronic bed bug problems.  The Jersey Journal tells the story today of one woman who fled the 28-day program on day 15, because she did not want to live with bed bugs. The resident called […]

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Bad bed bug infestation (video)

December 20, 2009

Below is a video of a really badly infested bed frame in an Astoria house, courtesy of NY Pest Pro. Warning: not for anyone who currently has or suspects bed bugs, or who has nightmares about them. It’s pretty bad. Sometimes people who don’t know if they have bed bugs see something like this and […]

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From the bizarre bed bug complaints file

December 19, 2009

The Jersey Journal reports that a man in West New York, New Jersey went to the Board of Health to complain about the bed bug infestation in his home. According to reports, Guillermo Enriquez, 60, of West New York, went to the Board of Health, which is located on the second floor of Town Hall, […]

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Will bed bugs be Torontoist’s “Supervillain of 2009”?

December 17, 2009

Torontoist is running its Heroes and Villains contest for 2009; readers can vote for the Superhero and Supervillain of 2009. Bed bugs are in the Villains contest; Torontoist writes: This was the year bed bugs finally achieved genuine epidemic status in Toronto. In November, a report funded by the city and the Ontario Ministry of […]

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The happy couple, again: Lou’s male and female bed bugs revisited

December 16, 2009

Lou Sorkin shared a follow-up to Monday’s Photo of newly mated male and female bed bugs.  He writes, Female [has] now deposited dark “typical” fecal matter that many people call undigested blood, but it has been digested and voided. If it were undigested blood, how would the bugs be obtaining any nourishment from their blood […]

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Lewiston Housing Authority: catch a bed bug and then we’ll help you

December 16, 2009

The Sun Journal reports that tenant Misti Oliviera had bed bugs, but the Lewiston, Maine Housing Authority would not help her until she showed them a bed bug body (dead or alive): “I was told there is nothing they can do until I physically catch one,” she said. “I can’t catch one. I’ve been looking […]

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NYC’s Best App contest: where’s the bed bug transparency?

December 15, 2009

Wired reports today in its Epicenter blog about the NYC BigApps contest, which allows you to vote for any of 85 applications; the BigApps site says it’s A software challenge in keeping with New York City’s drive to become more transparent, accessible, and accountable. That’s all good, right? The prizes include thousands of dollars and […]

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Photo of newly mated male and female bed bugs

December 14, 2009

Lou Sorkin (of the American Museum of Natural History) has generously shared the following new image with us. He describes it as, . . . 2 bugs in a small box, 1/4 inch graph paper. Male & female just fed and mated 48 hours prior to picture. Sometimes both are together, sometimes apart. Here (in […]

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