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Bed bug spray and coffee: Cincinnati needs professional help

October 31, 2007
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No, not that DDT debate. A different one, trust me. Read on.

October 17, 2007

[Deleted.] Sorry– the post is gone: removed at the request of the young person who wants to forget the whole thing ever happened. Traditional steps are being taken to eradicate bed bugs, and we wish this individual well. Sorry to delete your comments which were so well-conceived, but we were all young once– Nobugs too!

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Bed bugs usually plague a city for a few weeks before being eradicated. Really, Waterbury Health Department?

September 23, 2007

IMG_1153.JPG Photo by ry_aka_olympia Waterbury, Connecticut has had a recent bed bug outbreak in a number of locations. Last week, we were told in the Republican-American online of these locations with bed bug infestations, which had been reported to the Health Dept.: 553 South Main St. (two apartments in a multi-unit building; all the rest […]

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another Lawsuit: student bitten in Fordham’s satellite dorms @ The New Yorker Hotel

September 21, 2007

NYC – New Yorker Hotel Originally uploaded by wallyg NY1 news reported Thursday that Fordham senior Michelle Hopkins has filed a suit for negligence and unspecified damages over bites incurred in her “dorm” room (click “dial-up” or “broadband” next to the photo at the NY1 site to see the clip). The interesting twist is that […]

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Fun ideas?

September 11, 2007

Why not make the kids some Bugs in the Bed and curl up with that My Bedbugs DVD today!

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Halifax: where the bed bug “blame game” is the law

September 1, 2007

A new article on Halifax, Nova Scotia’s bed bug epidemic, appeared in the Chronicle Herald Friday. According to the Marketplace website: In Nova Scotia, Halifax doesn’t have clear-cut legislation for dealing with bedbugs. Responsibility for extermination falls upon the tenant if a landlord can prove a tenant brought the bugs in. The Halifax agency […]

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NJ halfway house infested

August 14, 2007

The once-monthly pest spraying at this halfway house wasn’t keeping bed bugs away (of course it wasn’t!) so the staffers have got some steamers. It’s a state residential substance abuse program for women nearing the end of a prison sentence. (Withdrawl: bad. Withdrawl plus formication brought on by a bed bug infestation? Nightmare.) says, […]

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Saudi Arabian tragedy: a reminder to use pesticides appropriately and as labeled

August 14, 2007

This is just horrible. The Arab News reports that in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, two sisters died tragically and a third is hospitalized after their father used an industrial insecticide not meant for home use, in an attempt to kill bed bugs in their home.  The product was sold in a local store.

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Old mattresses given out as charity: will cause more harm than good

August 2, 2007

I thought it was bad that companies were carting away used mattresses alongside new ones in their delivery trucks. But some mattress sellers go even further in their attempts to spread bed bugs. A Canadian mattress store called Sleep Country has a program of “charity” for those in need. When a person buys a new […]

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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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Stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment in Charlotte: let’s start the blame game

June 14, 2007

Okay, I think everyone here agrees that there were multiple causes for the rise of bed bugs after their 50-year disappearance in the US: the end of routine baseboard spraying which was done until the early 1990’s and fell out of favor with the invention of effective roach baits, the outlawing of DDT as a […]

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Are the bed bugs bigger in Texas? University of Texas at Dallas students infested with bed bugs

June 10, 2007

The latest college to be hit (or, at least, to admit it): The University of Texas at Dallas campus, reports NBC5 in Dallas / Fort Worth. The university acknowledged that they’re dealing with an infestation of bed bugs. School officials said 15 units on campus were found to have bed bugs. The school has received […]

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