Bed bugs as big business: 1939 Post Office London Directory

January 9, 2009

This morning, a bit of history: the Post Office London Directory in two volumes, 1939, discovered at the New York Public Library. (Sorry for the graininess but let’s just say this was an accidental find — the camera phone was the only option.) Note the advertisement around the edges: We Destroy Rats, Mice, Beetles, Moths, […]

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A day in the life of a City of Westminster pest control operator

November 23, 2008

Alice Miles of the Times (UK), clad protective garb, follows City of Westminster pest control operator Uriel Bowen as he treats for bed bugs, mice, and more bed bugs.

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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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A reader’s bed bug story

September 26, 2008

stayoffmybaby writes, Here’s my success story. Unfortunately, it highlights the hopelessness of the situation if you can’t afford to move. We lived on the Upper West Side of New York on the 5th floor of an overcrowded, 15-unit, prewar, walk-up tenement for 2 years with no problems (other than the $1750 rent for a filthy […]

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British NHS hospitals have frequent pest infestations, including bed bugs

August 5, 2008

Two articles today, from the BBC and the Telegraph, report British National Health Service facilities are battling lots of vermin, including bed bugs. The Telegraph reports that 127 of 171 hospital trusts responded to a survey, and 100 had kept detailed information on the types of infestations: Of the trusts that collected detailed information 80 […]

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bad news: APictureofMe’s Caryn’s got bed bugs, again

February 20, 2007

One of the pioneer bed bug bloggers has bed bugs again, after first getting them over 2.5 years ago, since which time she’s been bed bug-free. A Toronto paper said last summer that in 5 years (4 now, I guess) “bed bugs will be as common as mice and roaches.”  We’re getting there. We need […]

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