bed bug blame game

Thai trains play the bed bug blame game: blame backpackers for bed bug infestation

March 15, 2008

The bed bug blame game never ceases. Yesterday we heard about the Thai Isan trains infested with bed bugs. Now the Thai railway company is blaming backpackers for bringing bed bugs to the trains, as the Bangkok Post reports in an article entitled, “Foreign Backpackers deny they’re bed bug spreaders.” Foreign backpackers say they are […]

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Family sues YMCA camp in Michigan, claiming son brought bed bugs home

February 25, 2008

The Jackson Citizen-Patriot reports that a family is suing the Storer YMCA camp in Napoleon Township, Michigan, claiming that their son brought bed bugs home with him from camp. Edward Higgins, the defense lawyer, tried to kill the suit, claiming it’s impossible to know how and when bed bugs arrived in the home, but the […]

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scaring British children; bed bugs and renter’s insurance; bed bug reality show

December 16, 2007

Today’s bed bug news: CBBC Newsround | UK | Look out, there are bedbugs about How to scare the children, from the Children’s BBC. Remember it was just a few years ago when the CBBC thought bed bugs were the same as dust mites. We’ve come a long way, babies. San Jose Mercury News – […]

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Business Week: The Cost of Bed Bugs

November 9, 2007

Vacancy-bell-(3) Originally uploaded by sonicksjs Finally, someone in the business arena sees the light about bed bugs and the bottom line: and it’s not the flashing dollar signs of the over-the-counter bed bug spray industry, either. Kerry Miller published an article entitled “The Cost of Bed Bugs” yesterday in Business Week, about how business owners […]

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Warning to Bracken County, KY: don’t get caught in the bed bug blame game

November 3, 2007

More information about the Bracken County Schools bed bug situation. A new article from news says T&M Pest Control is treating Bracken County schools for bed bugs this weekend. Terry says, “A pest control program for bed bugs is very detailed. You’ve got to get all the crevices. We are doing a little more […]

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Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft’s alleged bed bugs, part two

October 24, 2007

Back in June we blogged the story of alleged bed bugs on the 33rd floor of the oldest Wall Street law firm (c. 1792), Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft. The memo implies the infestation was blamed on an employee, who was then apparently let go. Having heard nothing since then, I was glad to see that […]

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Disabled NJ man who reported bed bugs is evicted for not doing prep & (allegedly) not reporting bed bugs promptly

October 19, 2007

The Daily Record reports that a landlord is trying to evict George Veghte, a disabled man from Rutgers Village, a complex in Parsippany, NJ. He asked for help with his bed bugs. They told him to prep, but he could not follow all steps on his own. His lease was terminated Sept. 27, about a […]

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More on Canada’s laws re: bed bugs and tenants: province by province

August 24, 2007

Our FAQ on who pays for tenants’ bed bug treatment just got a little more complete. Since this is a really helpful resource, I am blogging it too. Courtesy of the CBC’s links from its fine story on bed bugs (which remains the best television clip on bed bugs to date, hands down, in my […]

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Toronto tenants camping outside to avoid bed bugs: update

August 18, 2007

This update from complicates matters: tenant and landlord are now playing the “bed bug blame game.” Landlord says her couch is “the source” of bed bugs, so she must have moved them in two weeks ago. Tenant says she did not have them in her old apartment. Here’s a new article from which […]

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“We have to have a bed bug state of mind,” says Michael Potter at Bed Bug Control Seminar yesterday

August 8, 2007

Yesterday, there was a Bed Bug Control Seminar, sponsored by Pest Control Technology magazine, and held in the Park Central Hotel, Manhattan. Journalist Sarah Ferguson dropped me an email to let me know that her Village Voice article on the seminar was up, here. As expected, the bed bug news is not good: “We have […]

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Reno; and New Haven: bed bugs cause unsuspecting officials to run around like confused flour beetles

July 20, 2007

In Reno, they have so few bed bug cases, that the health department called three residents of an apartment complex to tell them their building is infested. (New Yorkers, are you laughing?!) Unfortunately, as Geralda Miller of the Reno Gazette Journal reports, the advice being given to tenants is not great: “They’re an indoor critter,” […]

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Attention Oxford Mail editors: bed bugs did not return because students suddenly stopped cleaning their flats

July 7, 2007

In this article from Friday’s Oxford (UK) Mail, journalist Giles Sheldrick tries to drive home the point that unclean homes, or people who don’t clean often, or who have poor hygeine, are “responsible for bed bugs.” Students are partly to blame for an explosion in bed bugs in Oxford, according to pest control experts Rentokil. […]

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