bed bugs

Bed bugs feature in Cracked.com article

February 24, 2014

Cracked.com features a lively new story about dealing with bed bugs. The article “Six Horrific Realities of Living with a Bed Bug Infestation” includes some advice this site wouldn’t necessarily recommend (like isolating beds — or human bodies — using Vaseline). It also features an image of a woman being terrified by an enormous bug– […]

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Womb chairs seen as bed bug-friendly removed by university

January 14, 2014

The University of Utah has eliminated the much-loved “womb chairs” from its library, partly due to fear that bed bugs, now eliminated from the library, might appear in them in future. The photo above shows an Eero Saarinen-designed womb chair in a retail store window, though Ellen Forsyth’s image here of womb chairs in use […]

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Packtite recall: more information and a photo

December 14, 2013

I have updated Thursday’s post about the recall affecting two of the Packtite Original models, to add additional helpful videos about the recall process, links to FAQs, and a photo submitted by a site user: As I noted in the update, I do not have any information confirming this but I suspect Packtite users getting […]

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Packtite recall affects some original Packtite models

December 12, 2013

Two models of the original Packtite heating system are part of a voluntary recall initiated by the manufacturer, after three consumer complaints (of incidents where heaters overheated, malfunctioned, and in one case, singed some items being treated). Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. It’s essential that if you currently have a black Packtite original, that […]

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Bed bugs infest Cuyahoga Co. adult centers; is response appropriate?

November 27, 2013

Bed bugs, genitalia, and sticky tape. WTF!?! Are you squirming in your seat yet? Just wait, it gets worse… (If video does not work, you can watch it on WOIO’s site.) Arlene Sampson, a social worker, claims her boss ordered her to remove bed bugs from a sixty-something year old disabled man’s genitals using “highly […]

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Fighting bed bugs for seven years

October 2, 2013

We’ve been fighting bed bugs for seven years.   The site turns seven today, October 2nd.  And we just passed the milestone of 20 million unique visitors last Friday. That’s a lot of people fighting bed bugs. The site was created on October 2, 2006, and this is what the crudely drawn site banner looked […]

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San Francisco’s Ask a Scientist to host lecture on bed bugs

July 5, 2013

San Francisco’s Ask a Scientist lecture series features expert speakers on various topics, Q&As with the speaker, good food, drinks and a casual atmosphere. We’re happy to share the news that the July 23rd Ask a Scientist will feature UC Berkeley Cooperative Extension Specialist Dr. Vernard Lewis talking about bed bugs and other home invaders: […]

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Bed bug lawsuit: MD woman sues landlord awarded $800K

June 1, 2013

Faika Shabaan, an Annapolis, Maryland woman who lived with bed bugs in a rental unit for more than eight months, has been awarded $800,000 in compensatory damages for loss and suffering. According to NBC News, this bed bug lawsuit argued that the landlord in this case knew about bed bugs in the unit when the […]

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Mostly, people just want to talk about bed bug sex. Discuss.

April 24, 2013

Bed bug sex, bed bug sex, bed bug sex.  People just cannot stop talking about bed bug sex. Occasionally, people write about bed bugs’ effect on human sex, for example, this article from GQ. But mostly, people just want to talk about traumatic insemination. How horrid  it is!  How inhuman! And the latest source of […]

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Bed bugs and bullets: Boston pest controller finds gun stash

April 7, 2013

The Boston Globe reports that a Boston pest control operator recently uncovered an illegal guns and ammunition stash under someone’s bed, while searching for bed bugs in a South End public housing development: A pest-control worker found two guns Saturday morning while checking for bed bugs under a mattress in a unit in the Cathedral […]

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“Bedbugs” vs. “Bed Bugs,” and brother vs. brother

March 3, 2013

Alex Wild’s Myrmecos blog has a new post engaging with the age-old question: Is “Bedbugs” one word or two? and finds that internet searchers and printed matter — books, at least — don’t agree: According to Google’s ngram viewer, a measure of word frequency in scanned books, ‘bedbugs’ as a single word is used far more frequently…. […]

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Bed bugs do not need to stand on your skin in order to feed (photos)

February 25, 2013

Bed bugs don’t actually need to stand on your skin to feed. These images from entomologist Lou Sorkin (who feeds a colony of bed bugs kept for research purposes) show bed bugs can “reach out and bite someone,” so to speak. Lou Sorkin describes this photo as follows: 1. Cimex in a vial

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