October 2010

Bed bugs at the 2010 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

October 30, 2010

I dream of the day when people stop tagging photos of cute puppies and babies with “bed bugs” on flickr. This isn’t one of those situations. This time the cute pups are bed bugs. Bed bugs hit the Daily Squee today, in the form of a shaggy wee dog dressed as a bed bug for […]

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Bed bugs infest multiple Chicago offices

October 29, 2010

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday about recent infestations of bed bugs in offices in the city: JPMorgan Chase had a small issue with bedbugs about two weeks ago in its Chase Tower at 10 S. Dearborn St., a company spokesman confirmed. Last week, Chicago Public Schools’ headquarters finished treating all 20 floors of its building […]

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Bed bug-infested mattress set on fire by NYCHA cleaner

October 28, 2010

Don’t try this at home! The Daily News reported yesterday that Miriam Ortiz, a cleaner who works in the New York City Housing Authority’s Manhattanville houses has been charged with arson, after setting fire to a bed bug infested mattress. This happened on the 10th floor of a 20-story building. The Daily News noted that […]

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Last minute Halloween costume, anyone?

October 28, 2010

Our friend EffeCi, aka Italian pest management pro Franco Casini, offers this Italian article with graphics of last-minute Halloween costumes. Scroll down and you’ll see someone familiar just before the end: la cimice da letto. The publication, america 24, is apparently taking its cue from the Huffington Post. Low-effort costumes such as this are especially […]

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Carnegie Hall treated for bed bugs

October 27, 2010

Bed bugs have now made it to Carnegie Hall, NBC reports: ‘Since the summer, Carnegie Hall has been undertaking monthly preventative searches for bedbugs, using a canine unit,’ spokesperson Synneve Carlino said in a statement obtained by Gothamist. ‘There have been no bedbugs found in any of Carnegie Hall’s three auditoriums. In our monthly backstage […]

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Brooklyn school being decontaminated after exterminator allegedly soaks classrooms, desks, books with pesticides

October 27, 2010

Yes, I said “exterminator.” Teachers claim a contractor hired by the city to perform bed bug treatments at P.S. 197 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn “soaked” classrooms, covering desks, books, and the floor with liquid pesticides. That does not sound right. Teachers and parents are concerned because they don’t even know which pesticides were used. 7online.com […]

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Bed bugs detected in United Nations conference room chairs

October 27, 2010

CNN.com Blogs reported Tuesday that the United Nations has been found to have bed bugs: Over the weekend, dogs detected bedbugs in conference room chairs. Infected chairs have now been replaced,’ said a verbal announcement from the the U.N. spokesman’s office. There have long been rumors of bed bugs at the UN, but this is […]

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Songs from “Bedbugs!!!” musical to be performed tonight at Laurie Beechman Theater

October 26, 2010

Some of you may remember that back in 2008, a musical called Bedbugs!!! enjoyed a brief run in the New York Musical Theater Festival. (We wrote about it back then, here and here.) The show may have simply been before its time, in 2008, but if ever New Yorkers were ready for a bed bug […]

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Why don’t I just use an all-natural bed bug spray? How about a bed bug repellent?

October 24, 2010

The Healthy Skeptic column in the Los Angeles Times today considers the value of “all-natural bed bug sprays” (such as Bed Bug Bully and Rest Easy) and over-the-counter remedies in general. The verdict? As most of us know, consumer products in general are not likely to be enough to help most people get rid of […]

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Guess who’s coming to dinner?

October 24, 2010

Lou Sorkin gave that title to his latest photo, featuring bed bugs dining on his hand alongside body lice. Yes, body lice. Lou does things like this to educate us, and I am very grateful. Plus, he’s got a hilarious sense of humor! Lou describes his photo as follows: Bed bug, Cimex lectularius, and also […]

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NMA TV presents: Bedbugs Take Over USA

October 22, 2010

I think you’ll enjoy this brilliant new video from Next Media Animation (NMA tv). Despite some inaccuracies — for example, the implication that banning Propoxur for indoor use in 2007 led to bed bugs’ “return”, and, obviously, the bedbugs’ massive size — it is not far off base in terms of the facts. And it’s […]

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Lou Sorkin in AMNH video, more bed bug bite photos

October 18, 2010

The American Museum of Natural History produced this wonderful short video of Louis Sorkin talking about bed bugs, and feeding bed bugs on his hand: Click here to view on YouTube if the embedded video above does not work for you. I know you’ll also want to read Lou Sorkin: On the Front Line in […]

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