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  1. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Dec 6 2012 2:44:05
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    Links to their story, and my response are here:
    http://bedbugger.com/?p=6846

    (Please consider commenting on that story!)

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Dec 6 2012 18:01:49
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    The conversation on the NYT site is also getting active.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Thu Dec 6 2012 20:54:40
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    Okay, now things are getting pretty interesting. The Times story is raising some controversy, with some arguing it is spreading hysteria.

    Be sure and check out the UPDATE on this post and the associated links. I welcome your input on the blog comments if you have any opinions on this one!

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 11:35:21
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    The "not a bug deal" argument was picked up by other respondents. Definitely worth watching this one.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 12:02:00
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    Thanks, Nobugs. I saw your comments on the Reluctant Habits blog and I appreciated them.

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    Love the comment on the nyt article that says me and killer queen are the reason for the story, that we contacted the ny times and convinced them to run a story about bed bugs. For the record, the reporter contacted me via email for the interview, I did point her to John Furman (kq) and david cain as well as I figured she would want to talk with two of the leading experts/specialists. I also pointed her her to this site.

    Disclaimer I make/sell the Packtite and as the story points out have sold many to many libraries. I don't know if they use them for prevention or for current problems.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 12:25:15
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    David - I defended you and John on that comment, because it really pissed me off. Not sure if my comment is posted yet.

  8. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 12:31:06
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    David and all,

    I hope you'll consider commenting on the Bedbugger.com blog post! You can log in with your credentials here or post without logging in.

    This has the benefit of keeping the conversation in one place and reaching people who read the blog (which has a wider audience) and not the forums.

    Thanks!

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 12:34:41
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    Thanks I do appreciate it, and I encourage other bedbuggers to chime in here and at the nytimes site.

    Nobugs,

    I'll repost their as well.

  10. buggyinsyracuse

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 13:02:42
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    Nobugs - I keep trying to post on the blog, but for some reason it keeps on telling me that the captcha that I'm entering is wrong, which is strange because I see it clearly. Was wondering if anyone else is having the same issue.

  11. Nobugsonme

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 13:13:50
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    Hi buggy, sorry you had trouble! The Captcha has been helping a lot with reducing spam on the site and (more importantly) other more sinister things, but I don't want it to prevent you from normal activities like commenting, so I have disabled the Captcha on comments for now.

    Here's the deal: many people are able to login and leave a comment, so this may not be an issue for all. Logging in will still require the Captcha.

    Here's a workaround: if the Captcha gives you trouble, or has in the past, please skip logging in on the blog end of the site, and instead, click Comments and fill in the username (displayed) and email (not displayed) and post that way. You can use any username you like, of course, but using the same one you use here will help others recognize you if you want that.

    I can disable the Captcha for comments because it should not cause a lot of trouble, but the Capctha for login is preventing hackers from logging in and this is pretty effective.

    I hope that helps!

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 13:14:38
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    Thanks, David!

    I also encourage people to comment on the NYT site! I have several comments there as well.

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 13:22:54
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    Just updated my post above with more detailed instructions. Thanks again, buggy, for the feedback!

  14. bed-bugscouk

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    Posting my response here in case it does not get published:

    Well I hate to tell all the naysayers this is not a new thing.

    As a collector of odd bedbug artifacts I have a book from 1811 with significant faecal trace signs on it,t he book was removed from library circulation in the 1930's and sat in a private archive for years until it came into my hands.

    So what does this tell us? Bedbugs in books is not new, its happened before and will most likley happen again. Given that the book went out of public circulation before the "eradication" of bedbugs and was from a home with no bedbugs its the smoking bullet as it were.

    Now since most people read at home either in bed or on the sofa it is logical that a non bite responder who may not even be aware of their infestation could accidentally infest a book that is returned to the library and therefore inadvertently cause the infestation of another.

    The only way to cut this source out is to use a method such as PackTite that works to remove any bedbugs from books before they go back into circulation. I specifically mention this product because I have tested all the other options on the market and have failed them due to cool spots inside the units.

    This will remain necessary until there is better education on the early detection of bedbugs and people stop bringing them accidentally into libraries in the first place. Sadly you cant expect the pest management industry to lead the charge on that subject given that "they are in the business of treating infestation not preventing them".

    David Cain

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    In accordance with the AUP and FTC I openly disclose my vested interest in Passive Monitors as the inventor and patent holder. Since 2009 they have become an integral part in how we resolve bed bug infestations. I also have a professional relationship with PackTite in that they distribute my product under their own branding. I do not however receive any financial remuneration for any comments I make about pro
  15. KillerQueen

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    Posted 6 years ago
    Fri Dec 7 2012 16:29:05
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    I posted on the blog here and will also post on the NY times tonight.

    People are nuts!!! Why can't a professional make an educated recommendation without making a profit?? If I charged people for all the work I do without leaving my desk I would make more money them I do on site.

    Madness!!

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    People are indeed nuts; and increasingly cynical. As a business owner, I frequently recommend complementary service providers and am continually surprised and somewhat offended by the number of people who presume that I receive a kickback or referral fee or toaster for the recommendation. No, people; we recommend specific products and providers because we are familiar with them and we know that by using them, you will make our jobs and your lives much easier. Really, is it that difficult a concept to grasp?

    Don't get me started on unbilled/unbillable hours...

    Back to the topic - reading the various blog and NYC comments has been interesting. Were we all so ill-informed about bed bugs before having them for house guests?


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