furnishing bedbug-free homes

Bed bugs in “refurbished” mattresses on Fox NY

May 22, 2008

In the video below from 5/19/2008, Fox News NY visits a mattress recycling operation in Woodside to report on bed bugs in “refurbished” mattresses. It is perfectly legal to spritz, recover, and resell used mattresses in New York. They have to be sanitized and labeled properly. There is currently no way we know of to […]

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Today show recommends sharing used mattresses on Craigslist, Freecycle

November 6, 2007

On the Today show this morning, Katie Couric Meredith Viera said, “You can’t live in New York without finding old mattresses and TVs along the curbside because people don’t know what else to do with them. But there is someone who will take them.” Her interviewee, Chip Giller of Grist.org, suggested going to Craigslist or […]

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Eastern Nazarene College: students cannot bring in ANY used furniture

September 4, 2007

The Patriot Ledger of Southofboston.com (2/2008: link removed; no longer working) reports that even students’ own furniture cannot be brought into dorm rooms, say Eastern Nazarene College officials, who are trying to prevent bed bug outbreaks on campus. That means no mattresses, no sofas at the school in Quincy, Mass. The policy only applies to […]

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Hints from Bed Bug Helloise: a quick, cheap side table!

August 31, 2007

Thanks to our Anonymous commenter today who suggested this: A great “side table” for Bedbuggers: it’s really a thick glass vase turned upside down. At $60, it’s a cute idea and not a bad deal, and something you could use for other purposes as well. Side table? Bedside table? Enormous vase?!? Check out Blueprint magazine […]

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And another ray of hope from Vancouver’s VANDU

July 15, 2007

Vancouver’s Radio CKNW (AM980) reports on their website Saturday: Advocacy group fights bed bug outbreak VANCOUVER – Community advocacy group the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users VANDU is trying to fight a massive outbreak of bedbugs in that city’s Downtown Eastside by gutting infested rooms. The group’s Anne Livingston says residents have had six […]

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Furniture scavenging: does it appeal, in the age of bed bugs?

June 29, 2007

Well, I know what your answer is, of course! But I am glad to see Maxwell at Apartmenttherapy.com covering this question as a poll. I think it’s great AT is taking bed bugs seriously. After all, it’s a home and design blog. Nothing, nothing screws up a home (or design scheme) like bed bugs. Check […]

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Near-sighted paper celebrates dumpster diving outside NYU dorms. Oh, New York Times!

June 22, 2007

The New York Times is fickle. In the last year, they’ve scared the pants off of New Yorkers by publishing scary articles about how bed bugs were spreading around the city and what you need to do if you find them. So imagine my surprise to find that yesterday, Steven Kuritz published an article in […]

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Bed Bug Helloise with “exciting” XL Ziploc bag news

May 29, 2007

Bed Bug Helloise returns with a useful tidbit: Hello everyone! You know, besides reruns of Green Acres, and occasionally speaking of herself in the third person, there’s nothing Bed Bug Helloise enjoys more than sturdy, useful bed bug-fighting products. So believe me when she tells you she has exciting news: XL Ziplocs are now being […]

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The B-word was used in the Brookstone Catalog!

March 27, 2007

by Parakeets Here’s a powerful tipping point: Bedbugs are mentioned in the newsest Brookstone Catalog! We have finally arrived. Their featured “NEW” product is a mite-proof mattress cover and in big letters on the top of the print catalog page, the headline reads: “Mites and Mold and Bedbugs, Oh My!” “Protect Your Sleep with CleanRest” […]

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Bed bug Helloise: a nice, reasonably-priced white metal bed frame with no wooden slats

March 15, 2007

Bed Bug Helloise has come back out of hiding, just long enough to point you towards what appears to be a nice, reasonably-priced white welded metal bed frame. Since we’ve seen too many expensive metal frames, I was pleased to see this: Dear Bedbuggers, I know you are broke from your battles with the scourge, […]

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Hints from (Bed Bug) Helloise: your bedbug-opinions on hanging Space Bags, Space Bag Totes

December 26, 2006

Bed Bug Helloise writes: Our home was covered in XL ziplocs full of clothes and linens; you couldn’t even twirl a masked assassin bug in here. So we got some space bags: they seem airtight enough, if you vacuum them carefully (though sometimes they re-inflate). However, they should best be kept standing up vertically, according […]

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Bed bug unfriendly mattress re-sellers: recommendations?

December 22, 2006

Reader “Hopeless” asks: What mattress retailers, if any, do not offer 30-day “comfort trials” and do not cart away used mattresses? Great question, Hopeless. (I hope you’ll soon have cause to change your moniker to something more hope-ful!) This is something I’ve been wondering myself. Obviously, if you’re buying a new mattress, you want one […]

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