Bed bugs cheer: Ohio’s propoxur exemption request denied

June 11, 2010

Darnit. The Environmental Protection Agency has unfortunately denied the State of Ohio’s emergency Section 18 label exemption request for propoxur. According to the EPA’s Notice of the request, the exemption would have allowed for three products containing propoxur to . . . be applied as a crack and crevice or spot treatment to indoor residential […]

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Bed bugs vs. Central Ohio

May 18, 2010

Bed bugs continue to gain ground in Central Ohio.  The Columbus Dispatch has a new story about the problem in the region. Though this is rare, the title of the article actually reflects the genuine health problems caused by bed bugs: “BEDBUG INFESTATIONS: Bloodsuckers inflict mental, physical harm.” This piece opens with the heartbreaking story […]

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A tale of two bed bug-troubled cities: Cincinnati, Columbus

May 23, 2009

My report about the Hillrise Apartments in Cincinnati the other day highlighted what can happen when local officials stop inspecting rental units based on bed bug complaints. As you’ll recall, funding was cut at the end of 2008 for the Cincinnati Health Department’s bed bug inspection program. Here’s another story with bedbugged tenants, this time […]

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Interview with Paul Wenning of The Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force

May 5, 2009

Renee Corea of New York vs. Bed Bugs has another new interview — this time with Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force (COBBTF) Chair Paul Wenning of the Franklin County Board of Health New York vs Bed Bugs: We are very impressed with the task force and understand it’s a volunteer organization? Paul Wenning: We’ve […]

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Bed bugs in two patient units of a Columbus, Ohio children’s hospital

March 29, 2009

A Columbus hospital has recently had bed bugs in two patient units, according to the Columbus Dispatch.  Misti Crane writes: Bedbugs found in two patient units at Nationwide Children’s Hospital prompted aggressive cleaning and the relocation of patients, according to a statement issued by the hospital. It said the problem, which has been eliminated, was […]

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Why building managers must notify residents that their building has bed bugs

December 11, 2008

A news story from WBNS in Columbus demonstrates why that city needs better bed bug policies. First, consider how bed bugs spread amongst neighbors at Bollinger Towers, 750 N. High Street: Charlotte Hyajneh-Simpson thought she was lucky when her neighbor gave her his new carpet sweeper to keep. “I started using the sweeper and then […]

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We love Dr. Susan Jones, Entomologist

October 1, 2008

Why? Because she’s one of those entomologists who’s telling it like it is, to public officials who want to ignore the bed bug problem. The Columbus Dispatch quoted Jones Tuesday as saying, “If you bury your head in the sand, you’re going to get bitten, and it’s just going to get worse and worse,” said […]

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bed bug news for 2007-11-14

November 13, 2007 | Battling bedbugs is not easy: Joe Fiorito talks to Steve Floros of Toronto Community Housing: This is a public housing official: “We have a program of unit refurbishment. We’re spending $75 million over three years to upgrade kitchens and bathrooms; we want to seal every crack so there isn’t free ability of the […]

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