August 2011

Bed bugs for six years in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

August 30, 2011

This story in the Daily News today cites three different tenants who claim their building on 90th Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn has had bed bugs for as long as six years. All claim to have lost significant property and money fighting the problem, and that their landlord has sent in pest control operators to […]

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“Business as Usual”: Bed Bugs at the Longmont, Colorado Library

August 22, 2011

Long-time readers of are familiar with this scenario: Local media reports that some local venue (e.g. a school, office or store) was shut down, briefly, due to a bed bug infestation. Pest control professionals have dutifully “treated” the place. The business owner or a local official reassures that “there’s no public health hazard”. This […]

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Bizarre bed bug news story: dead bed bugs found, news at 11

August 19, 2011

This was just too strange a bed bug news story to pass up. Arkansas Television Company news site carried the headline “Dead bedbugs found in Crescent Hotel room.” Well, call in CSI: Eureka Springs! I just had to see what was news-worthy about that. The article states, EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) — The Arkansas […]

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Now available in Canada (and the US): the Packtite Closet

August 18, 2011

There are not a lot of reliable ways to kill bed bugs and eggs in your belongings. Heat is one of the best. And the launch of the Packtite back in 2008 was nothing less than revolutionary for a lot of bed bug sufferers, allowing them to reliably treat small items themselves. Old timers around […]

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How to get everyone in your building to stop worrying about bed bugs…

August 17, 2011

The bed bug epidemic is hard on landlords. It’s especially true in this case.  In Framingham, Massachusetts, a landlord’s request to inspect a tenant’s home for bed bugs led to a threat: The MetroWest Daily News reports, Richard Cullity, 48, became enraged when his landlord asked for permission to inspect his 93 Grant St. apartment, […]

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Photos of 1st, 2nd, 3rd instar bed bug nymphs along with waste and exuviae

August 14, 2011

American Museum of Natural History Entomologist Lou Sorkin has shared the following photos with us, to better illustrate the relative sizes of bed bugs, waste and exuviae (cast skins). The descriptions below come from Lou himself. Image 1- Now 2nd and 3rd instar bed bug nymphs Front face of 1/4 inch square graph paper (not […]

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Baiting bed bugs with an artificial human

August 12, 2011

WRAL news has a story today about North Carolina State University entomologist Dr. Coby Schal, who has a $75,000 Chancellor’s Innovation Fund Grant from NCSU to work creating an artificial human which would attract bed bugs to feed on it, instead of on us. The fake host would need to give off CO2 and heat, […]

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Another Cincinnati DIY treatment results in a fire (and this time, $100K in damages)

August 9, 2011

FOX19 in Greater Cincinnati reports that yet another fire was started at home on Monday by someone trying to do their own bed bug treatment, in an apartment in Avondale, Ohio: The cause of the fire has been determined to be accidental after a tenant was trying to get rid of bed bugs in her […]

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North Carolina’s misguided Landlord/Tenant/Bedbug Liability bill (H721)

August 2, 2011

The North Carolina Senate will be considering a bill in 2012 that would have a huge impact on how landlords and tenants deal with bed bugs — and who pays for treatment — in the state. H721, also known as the Landlord/Tenant/Bedbug Liability bill, passed in the North Carolina House in June. I have some […]

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