FAQ: Is it fleas or bed bugs?

November 9, 2012

You may be wondering, do I have fleas or bed bugs?  Scanning Electron Micrograph of a Flea. So you think something is biting you but you’re not sure what?  Many folks eventually find the culprit is fleas, rather than bed bugs. Myth: I don’t have pets so I can’t have fleas. Not true!  Fleas can […]

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Ohio fighting to get Propoxur for residential bed bug applications

November 11, 2009

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an emergency exemption to allow the use of the pesticide Propoxur in residences; more than a dozen additional states are supporting this request, The Columbus Dispatch reports. The pesticide is currently in use for crops, on flea/tick collars, and in commercial applications.  […]

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Patrons claim they are being bitten by mysterious bug at upscale Chicago restaurant

September 8, 2008

Some patrons of an upscale Chicago restaurant (Japonais, in the River North neighborhood) claim to have received what they think are insect bites during recent dining experiences. CBS 2 reports, [Customer Sharon] O’Brien filed a complaint about Japonais with the health department. She says after eating here last Friday, she awoke the next morning with […]

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Newark tenants suffer health problems — possibly related to bed bugs, fleas, mice, or pest control treatment

July 23, 2008

Thirty-eight residents of a Newark apartment building were hospitalized and all residents were evacuated from their 3-story, 6-family apartment building, after suffering from “light-headedness, sore throats, itchy, watery eyes and irritated skin,” according to this article from the Star-Ledger (via nj.com). The building has problems with bed bugs, mice, and fleas, and has been treated […]

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Bed bugs in Women’s Health magazine

May 11, 2008

This brief article from Women’s Health rather glosses over the difficulty of eradicating many bed bug infestations: . . . recent stats show that ticks and bedbugs have been ramping up their itty-bitty attacks. Luckily, it’s easier than you think to KO the little creeps. How easy is it to get rid of bed bugs? […]

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What is it going to take to convince these people that bed bugs are not dust mites, or fleas?!?

March 6, 2008

I finally had a chance to listen to David Cain’s UK radio appearance last Friday via the BBC iPlayer interface (which requires a RealPlayer plugin; I’m on a Mac and I was able to listen; I am sure Windows users will have no trouble). Go to this link. Find “The Breakfast Show with JoAnne Good” […]

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Bed bugs also causing havoc in England & Northern Ireland: university residence, hospital staff residence, possibly a school, infested

June 19, 2007

In light of the story from Ireland today, I wanted to check in on England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and so I looked through the BBC’s coverage of bed bugs over the past year. On August 17th, 2006 the BBC reported that a residence for doctors and nurses in a hospital in Fermanagh, Northern […]

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