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ApartmentTherapy.com still does not quite get the bed bug thing

June 14, 2007

I love apartmenttherapy.com. I really do. But with all due respect, I think Maxwell is still misunderstanding some key points about bed bugs. Two months ago, as you may recall, loyal Bedbugger S. wrote to Maxwell to correct some misinformation in the Apartment Therapy: The Eight Step Home Cure book, which suggested something to the […]

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Stirring up anti-immigrant sentiment in Charlotte: let’s start the blame game

June 14, 2007

Okay, I think everyone here agrees that there were multiple causes for the rise of bed bugs after their 50-year disappearance in the US: the end of routine baseboard spraying which was done until the early 1990’s and fell out of favor with the invention of effective roach baits, the outlawing of DDT as a […]

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Bed bugs in almost all 58 states… (okay, um, all 50 states)

June 4, 2007

Some people rush to find blame. Why did bed bugs come back? Why now? Let’s find a scapegoat! It’s not much fun to tell the truth and say that we’re not exactly sure, but that the elimination of routine baseboard spraying in homes (as a roach and general insect preventative), the move to baits and […]

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Indiana, call a pest control operator

April 17, 2007

Indy6 news is late to the bed bug party of last week. Yesterday it told readers of its website (and presumably a television audience as well): People whose mattresses have bedbugs can vacuum aggressively in tight spots, which is where the insects like to hide. People also can call an exterminator. Well you can vacuum […]

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Tampa Bay and Southwest Florida residents: do not use the DE from your pool

April 10, 2007

Oh dear, yesterday’s news round-up missed the Tampa Bay CBS news website’s article about bed bugs, which kindly directed many Tampa residents here. Well, I wish I’d seen it yesterday, so I could have warned more of the folks from Tampa. The CBS article isas originally posted, was wrong: do NOT use the diatomaceous earth […]

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NYC Bedbuggers: time to have some local politicians over for a bite or two

April 2, 2007

We’re now officially told that: Reports of the nasty critters skyrocketed from 34 cases at 24 public schools in October and November to 72 cases at 43 schools in January and February, according to the Department of Education. And despite the surge in the creepy-crawlers, the school system continues to resist calls to inform all […]

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Why Marcos Island is going to have even more bed bugs soon

March 22, 2007

I’ve heard reports from various areas that haven’t seen many cases of bed bugs yet that Pest Control Operators often don’t know how to deal with them. We’ve heard this from readers near Yellowstone Park, and in Yorkshire, England. It makes sense of course, but the reasonable response is to do your homework. When ceritifed […]

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Yorkshire Girl: PCO bed bug learning curve; bed bugs at work

March 5, 2007

And now, for something completely different: A letter from a reader in England (she asked me to post it for your input). Yorkshire Girl’s story of bed bug woe: Living in the North of England you don’t hear many stories of bed bugs – in fact I think most people assume they are the same […]

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Bed bugs not fun anymore (part 2): bed bug scrapbooking theme kit

February 26, 2007

We blogged in the past about “bed bugs” being a bit outdated as code for kiddie cute-ness. Is anybody thinking of taking up scrap-booking? [Update: non-working link to bed bug themed scrapbooking kit from scrapoutsidethebox.com deleted.] Here’s a lovely set of papers, stickers and ribbons on the bed bug theme. I’m kidding, of course: if […]

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New York City public schools continue to be treated for bed bugs

January 18, 2007

A new article in the Queens Gazette yesterday reported on the ongoing infestation in Queens, NYC public schools. This is an update to previous accounts of bed bugs in the NYC public schools (and not, I might add, just in Queens). The current article states, Efforts to combat bedbugs in seven District 30 schools have […]

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Tracing the path of the epidemic

December 24, 2006

I wondered where this idea, previously mentioned in another recent article, that bed bugs entered NYC through Queens, and particularly Astoria, arose. According to this article in the Queens Tribune, it’s Gil Bloom, of the NY State Pest Management Association. I would like to know more about this theory, which seems plausible enough. What’s less […]

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Blip.tv: Bed Bugs are not dust mites, or cute little kiddies

December 23, 2006

This guy is grossed out because he thinks “bed bugs” eat his dead skin cells and discarded hair. Alas, if only.

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