Bed bugs: epidemic or media hype?

November 5, 2010

The most original bed bug story a journalist can tell is that bed bugs aren’t really an epidemic after all. That was so in 2008, when Washington Post journalist David Segal wrote “Hmm. Tiny, Evil– and Everywhere?” Still, it’s two years later and we’re ripe for a new attempted debunking of the “bed bug epidemic”; […]

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311 finally has bed bug category — New York vs Bed Bugs

April 26, 2009

Renee of New York vs. Bed Bugs called to find out what it’s like to call the New York City 311 help line and report bed bugs, now that bed bugs are their own separate category in terms of 311 complaints.  Renee writes, I called 311 to see if anything was new in how the […]

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Greenpoint HPD Bed Bug Seminar

May 7, 2008

The Greenpoint HPD Bed Bug Seminar was last night. I was not able to be there, but Miss Heather has an excellent recap on the evening. New York vs Bed Bugs members were there spreading word on how to get some change on the bed bug issue in NYC. The presenter was Ed Brownbear, the […]

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Bed bugs in NYC: if we could just get Bill Murray on the case

April 30, 2008

Miss Heather of knows that the war on bed bugs needs a little Bill Murray, Caddyshack-style. She also reminds us there’s a bed bug seminar coming up in Greenpoint next Tuesday.

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Washington Post prints correction thanks to bed bug activists

April 7, 2008

David Segal’s article in the Washington Post was frustrating on many levels, but most of all because the actual data presented was erroneous and misleading, as I argued in my response to it. Kudos are now due to Renee of, who was surely the party responsible for convincing the Washington Post via this campaign […]

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HPD seminar will be coming to Greenpoint– thanks to community lobbyists!

March 7, 2008

I know the NYC Housing and Preservation Department’s bed bug seminars are not perfect.  But wouldn’t you rather your neighbors had access to one, rather than not? I say yes, especially if you live in Greenpoint.  Greenpointers and their Williamsburg neighbors are seriously bedbugged. So, Miss Heather of and her friend Ann Kansfield (the […]

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Columbia Spectator on bed bugs, again with the HPD statistic soup

March 6, 2008

This Columbia Spectator article focuses on the personal plight of some folks with bed bugs living near Columbia University. It’s a nice article bound to raise some awareness of the problem. But what interests me is the section citing HPD statistics on bed bugs in NYC. It cites the city’s HPD stats on bed bugs […]

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The Washington Post says to ignore the bed bug media hype

February 26, 2008

Three articles on bed bugs appeared today in the Washington Post. One gives a first-person account of what was apparently a not-so-serious bed bug case, and the second shrugs away the problem as a bunch of media hype. “Yes, Tiny, Evil–and in My Bed” is the first, and provides yet another first-person account from a […]

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The first “bed bug seminar” hit New York City last night

January 29, 2008

The first of three bed bug seminars planned by the city of New York happened last night. NBC Channel 4 did a brief recap on the 11 o’clock news, but video is not available from as of this writing. Bedbugger was not on the scene, unfortunately, but we did get some eyewitness reports. Our […]

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