Maine bed bug bomb is mistaken for fire smoke, firefighters respond

August 23, 2012

A fire alarm rang out in an historic apartment building in Portland, Maine on Wednesday.  Firefighters rushed to the scene and the building was evacuated. Turns out there was no actual smoke — someone was just setting off a bomb for bed bugs. According to BDN Maine: Portland firefighters responded to a fire alarm and evacuated […]

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Bed bugs found in two classrooms close Sabattus, Maine Primary School

October 6, 2010

(If embedded video does not work, view this on WPFO FOX23 in Maine reports that bed bugs were found in two classrooms at Sabattus Primary School (Sabattus, Maine) after several parents called to alert administrators to suspected bed bug bites on their children. The classrooms have already been cleaned by maintenance crews, and a […]

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New York Governor Patterson signs bed bug disclosure bill; Maine quietly got there first

August 31, 2010

New York’s bed bug disclosure bill (A10356b), which requires landlords to disclose incidents of bed bugs in a building within the preceding year to prospective tenants, has been signed into law by Governor David Patterson (see this CNN story for more). You can read earlier Bedbugger posts on the bill here. This law only applies […]

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Lewiston Housing Authority: catch a bed bug and then we’ll help you

December 16, 2009

The Sun Journal reports that tenant Misti Oliviera had bed bugs, but the Lewiston, Maine Housing Authority would not help her until she showed them a bed bug body (dead or alive): “I was told there is nothing they can do until I physically catch one,” she said. “I can’t catch one. I’ve been looking […]

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Portland, Maine detox facility closed due to bed bugs

October 28, 2008

WMTW reports that a 38-bed non-profit detox shelter in Portland, Maine closed for two nights due to a bed bug infestation. PORTLAND, Maine — A Portland detoxification shelter closed Sunday night because of bed bugs. The Milestone Foundation at 65 India St. will have an exterminator visit Tuesday and has plans to reopen Tuesday night, […]

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The bed bug times are a’ changin’, ever so slowly

May 22, 2008

Or so it would seem. Earlier this week, there was the bed bug bill in the U.S. Congress. And yesterday, an article in the Maine Switch (a website for those in Greater Portland) about the city’s yearly trash pick-up of bulky trash items. Not surprisingly, the day is a yearly impromptu festival for bargain hunters […]

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Portland’s public housing and bed bugs

September 26, 2007

According to, Bed bugs are spreading in Greater Portland (Maine). The brief article describes how Raymond Leavitt sees “dozens of bed bugs” at night in his Portland apartment. Officials with the Portland Housing Authority, who oversee Franklin Towers where Raymond lives, say bed bugs are a problem in most of their properties. They say […]

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