Alcohol is a very flammable contact killer for bed bugs

January 11, 2016

Another person has set their apartment building on fire in response to bed bugs.  And this time, he was badly hurt. According to Man trying to destroy bedbugs sets apartment ablaze in the Detroit Free Press, on Sunday at 4:30 am, a man in Detroit’s St. Antoine Gardens apartment complex (near Wayne State University) doused […]

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Detroit tenant watched alcohol-sprayed floor ignite

November 5, 2015

This is an update from our story last night on the bed bug treatment-related fire in Detroit. The tenant who accidentally started the fire in Detroit on Tuesday has now spoken to journalists, offering a heartbreaking apology for her actions: According to Fox 2 News, the tenant had bed bugs for a whole year, and […]

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Bed bug treatment with smoke bomb destroys building in 3-alarm fire

November 5, 2015

A Detroit apartment building burned for five hours in a 3-alarm fire and five people were injured due to a tenant’s attempt to treat bed bugs with a smoke bomb (which the tenant then attempted to put out with a pillow, causing the fire), according to Fox News Detroit. According to the Fox News report, […]

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Officials say Detroit courtroom bed bug evacuation was “false alarm”

August 31, 2012

Last week, a bailiff in a Detroit courtroom believed he saw bed bugs crawling on a court visitor’s body, and the court was evacuated (see this story for more). That could have been a false alarm — there are all kinds of bugs that might be crawling on someone sitting in a courtroom, which could […]

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Bed bugs on man’s body cause courtroom evacuation in Detroit

August 23, 2012

A courtroom was evacuated in Detroit’s 36th District Court today, after the bailiff saw bed bugs crawling on a man who was there as a witness’s guest. The judge told The Detroit News, “I evacuated the courtroom today due to a man with live bedbugs for everybody’s well-being,” the judge said. She told her staff […]

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50 Detroit bus drivers have reported seeing bed bugs; city officials claim problem is not widespread

July 10, 2012

According to the Detroit News, fifty Detroit Department of Transportation drivers have reported seeing bed bugs on buses in the last year, with some also reporting bed bug bites: After receiving a letter from [Henry Gaffney, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26] in May, DDOT chief executive Ron Freeland said Thursday he asked a […]

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Bed bug shuts down Taylor Public Library in suburban Detroit

October 25, 2011

WXYZ reports that the Taylor Public Library (Taylor, Michigan) closed for part of Monday for bed bug treatment and canine inspection, after a single bed bug was found in the library’s computer room. (You can view the video on WXYZ if it does not appear above.) Another story by WDIV cited a library representative saying […]

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EPA Awards $550K in Grants to Combat Bed Bugs

April 12, 2011

The United States Environmental Protection Agency reported in a press release Wednesday that it is awarding five grants worth a total of $550,000 to five recipients so they may “implement new approaches in managing bed bug problems” in regions with “significant” bed bug problems, but few resources for dealing with the problem. The University of […]

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Bed bugs halt mail service to Detroit public housing building

September 2, 2010

A Detroit mail carrier stopped delivering to a 143-unit Warren West Apartments due to the building’s bed bug problem. Unfortunately, it happened at the time in the month when many of the building’s residents were supposed to get their social security checks. According to the Detroit News: Ed Moore, spokesman for U.S. Postal Service Detroit […]

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Bed bugs on the rise in Detroit

November 10, 2008

Here’s a story from WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan. It’s the standard “bed bugs are real, and they’re in our area!” story that local news channels are turning out one by one. It focuses on the Shapiro family, who apparently got bed bugs from daughter Mackenzie’s newly acquired secondhand bed frame. And it cites Terminix and […]

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Bed bugs in Detroit and Troy, Michigan

March 31, 2008

Neal Rubin writes in a Detroit News Op-Ed column today that At Rose Pest Solutions in Troy [Michigan], where Sheperdigian reigns as vice president for technical services, the number of bedbug jobs has risen from one or two in 2001 to about 160 last year, with continued rapid growth expected in 2008. The article goes […]

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