The Curious Case of Susan, Alex and Emma Wendt, or, Bedbugs, A Novel

September 9, 2011

It was inevitable that someone with an imagination would channel the “zeitgeist” of 21st Century New York City — with its frustrated artists, anxious parents, elusive hipsters, iPhones, trendy bakeries in gentrified neighborhoods, the Trader Joe’s on Atlantic and bed bugs, yes, bed bugs — into a thriller novel. Bedbugs, by Ben H. Winters (Quirk […]

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Bed bugs pop up in Prudential Douglas Elliman’s Madison Ave. office

June 29, 2011

The Real Deal reported on Friday that Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate’s headquarters at 575 Madison Avenue were evacuated Thursday, after bed bugs were found in a senior broker’s office. The Real Deal notes that Assured Environments treated the offices: Barry Beck, COO of Assured Environments, issued an emailed statement through Elliman’s spokesperson, confirming that […]

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Bed bugs hit The Onion again

June 19, 2011

The Onion’s slacker commentator Jim Anchower described his bout with bed bugs last week in I Had Bedbugs, But They’re All Cleared Up Now. Anchower claims he got bed bugs from a sofa he found on a curb.  He tosses out all his stuff, but finds the silver lining. The good thing is that I had […]

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Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland calls bed bugs a ‘major public health issue’

March 6, 2011

The BBC News reports that Health experts have warned a rise in bedbug infestations in Scotland is becoming a ‘major public health issue’. The claim by the Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) comes as US experts said the world was on the verge of a ‘global pandemic’. According to the same article, the concerns […]

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Bed bug burglar sought by NYC police

March 4, 2011

One local burglar is preying on New Yorkers’ fears of bed bugs in order to gain access to homes and rob them. A con artist wanted for five burglaries in Brooklyn arrives at the door dressed as an “exterminator” and with appropriate gear. Victim Leora Handlersky told NBC News: ‘I said, ‘I don’t have bugs,’ and […]

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Bed bug bills being considered in Connecticut

February 22, 2011

Connecticut lawmakers are proposing a number of bills aimed at controlling the spread of bed bugs in Connecticut. According to NBC Connecticut, One bill up for consideration would require that rental furniture be inspected and certified that it is free of bed bugs. Another bill would require people who remanufacture mattresses to include proof that the […]

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Amazing high resolution photos of bed bugs

January 22, 2011

This is a tricky post.  On the one hand, many of you will find these high resolution photos of bed bugs from Richard Naylor to be absolutely fascinating. On the other hand, many of you — perhaps especially those whose bed bug problems are recent, or not yet solved — will find them horrifying.  They’re […]

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Milwaukee Hospital quarantines patients based on suspected bed bug bites

November 17, 2010

This is a strange story. reported Tuesday that Two suspected cases of bedbugs were discovered on patients who may have brought them to a Milwaukee hospital. Actually, if you read on, you find out that there were no bed bugs (or other evidence besides suspected bed bug bites) sighted at all. Aurora Sinai Medical […]

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Bed bugs at the 2010 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

October 30, 2010

I dream of the day when people stop tagging photos of cute puppies and babies with “bed bugs” on flickr. This isn’t one of those situations. This time the cute pups are bed bugs. Bed bugs hit the Daily Squee today, in the form of a shaggy wee dog dressed as a bed bug for […]

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Bed bugs infest multiple Chicago offices

October 29, 2010

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday about recent infestations of bed bugs in offices in the city: JPMorgan Chase had a small issue with bedbugs about two weeks ago in its Chase Tower at 10 S. Dearborn St., a company spokesman confirmed. Last week, Chicago Public Schools’ headquarters finished treating all 20 floors of its building […]

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Last minute Halloween costume, anyone?

October 28, 2010

Our friend EffeCi, aka Italian pest management pro Franco Casini, offers this Italian article with graphics of last-minute Halloween costumes. Scroll down and you’ll see someone familiar just before the end: la cimice da letto. The publication, america 24, is apparently taking its cue from the Huffington Post. Low-effort costumes such as this are especially […]

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Songs from “Bedbugs!!!” musical to be performed tonight at Laurie Beechman Theater

October 26, 2010

Some of you may remember that back in 2008, a musical called Bedbugs!!! enjoyed a brief run in the New York Musical Theater Festival. (We wrote about it back then, here and here.) The show may have simply been before its time, in 2008, but if ever New Yorkers were ready for a bed bug […]

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