information and help

For friends and family of bedbuggers

December 7, 2006

by Jessinchicago I was doing some bed bug musing on the train on my way home from work tonight, and it occured to me that it might be good if we had some information and advice for people in our lives who care about us and want to help. I thought back to the early […]

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bed bug mystery: surviving dry cleaning in a comforter?

December 5, 2006

I got another question from another (anonymous) reader– we’ll call her S. S. wants to know: Last spring, we thought we had bedbugs. I woke up several mornings in a row with very itchy bites, and there were tiny blood stains on the sheets. We sent our down comforter and pillows to the drycleaner, washed […]

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more lousy advice about bed bugs

December 2, 2006

One problem, since bed bug infestations are a relatively new occurrance in North America (and Europe too), is that there’s a lot of conflicting advice out there. None of us are entirely sure about how bed bugs will act, or how we should get rid of them. Some folks don’t even agree that we need […]

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What are bedbugs, how do I know if I have them, other possible causes

November 30, 2006

The FAQ on this issue has just been updated (including links to info on other possible causes– bird mites, scabies, hot tub folliculitis, and delusory parasitosis). Click here to see it! Coming soon: shed skin and feces photos, thanks to Lou Sorkin!

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bed bug help needed: tell us about tenants’ rights in your city

November 28, 2006

I want to update the FAQ on tenants’ rights (relating to pests). If you find a website that lists these for your city or state, please click “comments” above this post and give me the URL and any other suggestions. As you can see, the list is far from complete. Any city, any locality, any […]

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Can you fight bed bugs without pesticides?

November 25, 2006

Update 1/2009: the post below was written in 11/2006.  We know a lot more now than we did then about non-pesticide treatments for bed bugs. Non-pesticide treatment options are increasing in many locations, and may include thermal treatment and fumigation with a gas such as sulfuryl fluoride (Vikane TM); though costly, if done properly, they […]

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bed bug registries

November 18, 2006

The most comprehensive list (albeit in a simple format) of bedbug infestations that I have seen is on Caitlin’s blog. A number of people have started their own registries which, a step above a text list, are interactive: you type in the address, it gets mapped. Some of these, like the BedBugRegistry, which covers addresses […]

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Letter from a reader: Bedlam, clothing stores, and bagging clothes

November 14, 2006

We got a comment from Buggles on another post, and I wanted to address Buggles’s comments directly. Hi Buggles, First, we’re glad you commented. We encourage all our readers to click on the word “Comments” above any post and write back to us. It’s a small little link, but we have a free blog and […]

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bed bugs and thrift stores

November 13, 2006

Here’s an old thread (April 2004) in a forum for people who frequent thrift stores, started by someone who thinks she saw bed bugs in two Manhattan thrift shops, during a short span of time: Twice recently while I have been thrifting in NYC, once on 23rd Street and once on lower 2nd Avenue, I […]

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New NYC DOHMH factsheets on bed bugs

November 4, 2006

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in New York City has put out two new fact sheets on bed bugs. (Be aware, clicking each of the following links will download a PDF!) One is for the general public, and the other for hotel and hospitality workers, managers, and owners. Thanks to blogger Bugged Out […]

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A Few Comments About Peterborough

October 31, 2006

As I read through the Peterborough bed bugs story, I found my concern for the general public begin to mount. There is a definite sense of urgency in the words of Mr. Barford, the Pest Control Operator interviewed in the article, unlike anything I’ve seen in the news before. I’m grateful for his honesty, but […]

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bedbugs and our interdependence

October 25, 2006

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