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200 bed bugs in every UK train compartment!?!

March 3, 2010

The Daily Mail (UK) reports that Research by pest controllers Rentokil shows that, on average, a single train compartment houses a staggering 1,000 cockroaches, 200 bed bugs, 200 fleas, 500 dust mites and 100 carpet beetles. Well, blimey!  Someone should do something about that! It’s not that bed bugs and other pests can’t infest train […]

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Bed bugs in the media: David Cain on British radio, Dr. Susan Jones in the Plain Dealer

August 12, 2009

Bed bug specialists David Cain (of Bed-bugs.co.uk and active in our Bedbugger Forums) and Dr. Susan C. Jones (of Ohio State University) have been in the press this week, spreading good information about bed bugs. David Cain was interviewed by BBC Derby’s Aleena Naylor on her morning show today. The approximately ten-minute interview starts at […]

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Never assume the tenant who complains about bed bugs is the only tenant with bed bugs

June 22, 2009

Cambridge (UK) tenant Alison Stephenson claims her property development and management firm Places for People is not concerned about her flat’s bed bug problem.  The tenant is apparently responsible for treatment, and Stephenson seems to be happy to arrange for this. But she says other units are infested also.  And there’s nothing she can do […]

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Students vs. bed bugs at British outdoor activity center

May 20, 2009

The Kingston Guardian (UK) reports that A school trip to an outdoor activity center went awry when students encountered bed bugs: Children from Coombe Junior School had to camp outside while their dormitories were sprayed with pesticide last week, after bed bugs invaded an activity centre. Year 5 pupils were affected when Hindleap Warren in […]

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Dacorum Borough Council: bed bugs not a public health problem, so we’re no longer offering free bed bug treatment to needy residents

April 6, 2009

Dacorum Borough Council used to provide free treatment for bed bugs to householders who could not afford it.  Alas, no longer. One local resident, Alex Francis, was concerned: “If there are people with bed bugs or mites who can’t afford to have them treated privately, will they just be living in those conditions, whereas before […]

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BBC – Bedbug cases on the rise in NY

March 28, 2009

A BBC news story Friday featured interviews with John Furman of BOOT-A-PEST (a pest control operator also known as KillerQueen in our forums), and Renee Corea of New York vs. Bed Bugs. The BBC asked KillerQueen about the rise of bed bugs in New York, and asked Renee about the new Bed Bug Advisory Board […]

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Another journalist tells own bed bug tale of woe, this time Michael Hann in the Guardian (UK)

February 9, 2009

It’s always good when journalists and others in the media tell their own bed bug stories. As far as raising public awareness about how bed bugs can (and will) infest anyone’s home, having a journalist or writer tell their bed bug story in the news media is almost as good as having a friend or […]

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Bed bugs as big business: 1939 Post Office London Directory

January 9, 2009

This morning, a bit of history: the Post Office London Directory in two volumes, 1939, discovered at the New York Public Library. (Sorry for the graininess but let’s just say this was an accidental find — the camera phone was the only option.) Note the advertisement around the edges: We Destroy Rats, Mice, Beetles, Moths, […]

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Wrexham Council in Wales offers bed bug inspections to all tenants

December 28, 2008

The Evening Leader reports that Wrexham Council is offering its tenants an inspection to rule out bed bugs. A FREE inspection and advice service is available from Wrexham Council for residents who may be worried about the possibility their home has bed bugs. People wanting to make use of the facility should telephone 01978 298989 […]

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Excellent new podcast: Renee in conversation with David Cain

December 28, 2008

I don’t have enough time at this moment to do much commentary on this, but I want to point you to New York vs. Bed Bugs, where Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs posted a new podcast with David Cain of Bed Bugs Limited (many readers will also know David from our Bedbugger forums, […]

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BBC report on bed bugs in housing for torture victims

December 11, 2008

This BBC article covers a report by the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture on problems — including bed bugs, rats, and broken radiators — in housing for victims of torture (and other asylum seekers).  Maria, a woman who escaped torture in Africa with her three and six year old boys said, […]

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Bed bugs a problem in government-funded homes for torture victims in UK

December 5, 2008

Inside Housing reports that a charity for victims of torture reports that torture victims are being forced to live in substandard conditions, in government-funded homes which are “infested with vermin and bed bugs.” (They had me at “bed bugs.”) The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture has reported that problems include broken […]

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