landlords and tenants

Bed bugs bite Edmonton

October 4, 2009

The Edmonton Sun reports that Swarms of bloodthirsty bedbugs are taking over entire apartment buildings across the city, and public health officials warn that it’s only getting worse. And how do bed bugs come to take over “entire apartment buildings”? Step one: when tenants complain of bed bugs, treat once and never follow up. [Tenant […]

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Langdon Mill Apartments: now 85% bed bug-free

September 14, 2009

Thank goodness the building is under the care of a community organization and landlord that is not willing to put up with this building being only 85% bed bug-free. Remember this campaign to free a 20-unit Manchester, New Hampshire building (Langdon Mill Apartments) of bed bugs? A group called NH Bed Bugs, spearheaded by members […]

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Entire Kansas City high-rise gets thermal treatment for bed bugs

September 9, 2009

All of the residents of Kansas City, Missouri’s Plaza Towers apartments are being evacuated for two nights so that the entire 81-unit high-rise can be treated using ThermaPureHeat’s thermal methods. Residents told KMBC reporters they had as little as six days’ notice before evacuating and they were understandably frustrated by this. On the other hand, […]

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18-story Dayton apartment building infested with bed bugs to be treated with Vikane gas

July 27, 2009

On August 22nd, an entire 18-story apartment building in Dayton, the Biltmore at 210 N. Main St., is being treated for bed bugs with Vikane (sulfuryl fluoride) gas fumigation.  Residents will be evacuated for a week (to friends’ homes, or to a local hotel). The Dayton Daily News reports that this process is only being […]

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Low-income tenants not liable for treatment costs in HUD-supported rentals

July 17, 2009

WFTV in Florida helped some low-income tenants with bed bugs to get help. The owner of Oakwood apartments in Mount Dora tried to charge seven families almost $3,000 each for extermination fees. The South Florida based company, Miami Mar Incorporated, told the residents they would be kicked out if they didn’t pay. Whether this is […]

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Bed bugs spread when no one who can pay for treating them is responsible for treating them

July 1, 2009

A new article from Baltimore’s City Paper is troubling. Landlords in Baltimore who rent out single-family homes are not responsible for treating for bed bugs in those homes, even if the “single-family home” is a kind of unofficial rooming-house with fifteen or more residents. As you may guess, the residents may also lack the funds […]

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Mark Sheperdigian on the limits of bed bug inspections

May 14, 2009

Mark Sheperdigian has a new brief — but important — article in Pest Management Professional, about the limits of bed bug inspections. The author is stating truisms known to those who know bed bugs — not radical new insights.  And yet it is crucial for the pest management professional working on bed bug cases both […]

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More on bed bugs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: again with the HAZMAT showers?!?

April 30, 2009

Remember last week, when the boardinghouse/SRO hotel above the Tara Station Bar in Harrisburg was found to be infested — apparently by bed bugs — but in the two stories covering the case, WHPTV (CBS Channel 21) reporters refused to say the phrase “bed bugs”, referring instead to “bugs” and “insects?” This was so, even […]

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311 finally has bed bug category — New York vs Bed Bugs

April 26, 2009

Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs called to find out what it’s like to call the New York City 311 help line and report bed bugs, now that bed bugs are their own separate category in terms of 311 complaints.  Renee writes, I called 311 to see if anything was new in how the […]

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Apartment building offers bed bug-free guarantee

April 21, 2009

Studio Green, a privatized student housing option for students at the University of Delaware, has previously had problems with bed bugs. According to the University of Delaware’s independent student paper, The Review, Studio Green is willing to offer students a guarantee that they won’t have to deal with bed bugs or cockroaches: The management of […]

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Free bed bug information session in Vancouver

February 24, 2009

The Structural Pest Management Association of British Columbia (SPMABC) will be hosting a free information session on bed bugs and related topics this Saturday (February 28th) at Library Square from 9:00am – 1:00pm. Admission is free, but on a first come, first served basis (the room holds 300 people). Topics will include:

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Interview with Sam Bryks on Integrated Pest Management; also, we learn about the origins of Bug n’ Scrub

January 28, 2009

Here’s an excellent discussion between Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs and Sam Bryks, a pest management expert from Toronto (and one of the advisors of the Toronto Bed Bug Project. There’s so much that is wonderful here, including a thorough exploration of what Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is, and isn’t. I particularly enjoyed […]

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