November 2011

Mike Merchant’s reports from bed bug sessions at the ESA 2011 meeting in Reno

November 25, 2011

Entomologist Michael Merchant of the Texas AgriLife Extension has recently compiled a really interesting two-part series of blog posts on his Insects in the City blog, covering some of the interesting bed bug-related presentations at the 2011 Entomological Society of America conference in Reno. The Bed Bug Chronicles Part I describes the following: Changlu Wang’s research on the use […]

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Sheilas’ Wheels Insurance covers bed bugs, but spreads misinformation

November 17, 2011

Why are people so ignorant about bed bugs?  Perhaps because the media keeps publishing misinformation about them! The latest example: the Daily Mail picks up a Sheilas’ Wheels Insurance press release about their annual “Bed Bug Audit,” which polls Brits about their domestic habits. The latest poll found that one in six British men wash […]

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Bed bugs beware: NYC HPD acquires canine scent detection dogs

November 17, 2011

The Brooklyn Eagle reports that the New York City Housing and Preservation Department (the NYC agency that inspects private rental housing when bed bug complaints are filed with the city — for example, when tenants call 311 to report bed bugs) has acquired two bed bug sniffing beagles: The two male beagles, named Mickey and […]

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Bed bugs allegedly bite “X Factor” finalists in LA hotel

November 13, 2011

Four finalists on the television talent show “X Factor” claim to have been bitten in the Grafton, their Los Angeles hotel, this week, according to TMZ, which notes the contestants have now been moved to new lodgings. However, our regular readers will likely be even more interested in the TMZ graphic accompanying the piece, which […]

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Iowa low-income housing residents’ bed bugs lawsuit will proceed as class action

November 11, 2011

Remember the elderly and disabled tenants of the two bed bug-infested Des Moines, Iowa low-income buildings, Elsie Mason Manor and Ligutti Towers? We last mentioned this case in March 2010, when the residents filed a class action lawsuit. At the time, the tenants had already had bed bugs for more than two years. Now, the […]

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Employees claim nursing home kept bed bugs a secret

November 2, 2011

NBC4 reports that employees at the Circleville Care and Rehabilitation Center in central Ohio claimed the nursing home kept the center’s bed bugs a secret from patients’ families: They claimed management threatened them with termination should anyone notify the media. They also claimed that families of patients were not being told about the problem. The […]

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Do you live in a NYC condo or coop?

November 2, 2011

Do you live in a New York City Cooperative or Condominium? If so, the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums (CNYC) 31st Annual Housing Conference and Expo is something which should interest you. It’s being held at Baruch College on November 13th. Every CNYC condo or co-op can send one person at no cost. […]

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