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Could this be it? The silver bullet to end the bed bugs’ reign of terror?

The Economist has the following dramatic article: Few things destroy the reputation of a high-class hotel faster than bed bugs. These vampiric arthropods, which almost disappeared from human dwellings with the introduction of synthetic insecticides after the second world war, are making a comeback. They can drink seven times their own weight in blood in a night, leaving itchy welts on the ... More »

 

A Pro-Bedbug Protest? Yikes.

A Pro-Bedbug Protest? Yikes.

It is so hard to believe that these folks are serious. I can't find anything online for their organization, which from the laminated signs seems to be called BLOOD (Bedbug Lovers Opposing Oppression and Death). The only thing I can think of is that perhaps they have a religious belief that precludes killing any living thing - no matter how small or evil. (Jainism, for example). If that i... More »

 

Bed Bug News Roundup

Bed Bug News Roundup

Time's Joel Stein writes about his wife's vigilance in the battle against bedbugs and laments the lifestyle changes A Bedbug Musical - Tonight! The Week wondersif tourists are being wimps, overreacting to New York's Bed Bug Plague ... More »

 

A Bedbug Nightmare of Yesteryear

A Bedbug Nightmare of Yesteryear

So we all know Bedbugs have been around a while. Here's an older bed bug tale of woe from a bedbug victim telling of her grandmother's response and recollections of her own bedbug experience: Every year we send my Mother, in the middle of Canada, a Holiday package of chocolates and small gifts. She has asked us NOT to send any gifts this year because she remembers 65 years ago when her f... More »

 

Are Bedbugs Being Used as a Form of Terrorism?

Are Bedbugs Being Used as a Form of Terrorism?

What started out as almost a joke (anyone who has suffered from bedbugs would not wish it upon their worst enemy) has become an increasing concern: the intentional infestation of a target with bed bugs. An article in Gothamist was entitled How To Use Bedbugs As A Weapon: Roommate Revenge It came in the wake of a Craigslist ad: The central Bedbug-related forum, Bedbugger.com has j... More »

 

Summit Declares: Bed Bugs Are Changing Our World

D.C. bedbug summit title: 'Bed Bugs Are Changing Our World' - TBD.com blog.... More »

 

How to Avoid Getting Bedbugs When Traveling on an Airplane

How to Avoid Getting Bedbugs When Traveling on an Airplane

In a recent discussion on the BedBugger Forum, it was widely acknowledged that airplanes are even more of a haven for bedbugs than movie theaters. Why? Luggage from all over the globe is piled together Upholstered seats Humans sitting motionless and sleeping in said seats This issue has not yet hit the news. But it will. Doug Summers opined: I am... More »

 

How to Kill Bedbugs and Their Eggs With Heat – Yourself! (Preventative Measures)

How to Kill Bedbugs and Their Eggs With Heat - Yourself! (Preventative Measures)

Protecting yourself from bed bugs today requires serious lifestyle adjustments that definitely raise eyebrows among the lucky (soon-to-be-unlucky, unfortunately) bedbug-oblivious. One of the key precautions to take is the sterilization of clothes, bags and luggage that may have picked up a stowaway bedbug during its travels. It is not always convenient or prudent to throw all your thi... More »

 

Does the Bed Bug Patch Work?

Does the Bed Bug Patch Work?

The jury is still out on the Bed Bug Patch, which purports to mask the scent of CO2 using B1 vitamins, rendering the bedbugs blind to the location of their victim. We can therefore not yet recommend this product, though we intend to continually update this post as more valuable information becomes available. Here are some excerpts from a lengthy discussion at BedBugger.com's forums. As usual... More »

 

Do the Top 15 Bed Bug Infested Cities Have the Most Online Searches for Bed Bug Information?

Do the Top 15 Bed Bug Infested Cities Have the Most Online Searches for Bed Bug Information?

So this was the top 15 list released earlier this year: 1. New York 2. Philadelphia 3. Detroit 4. Cincinnati 5. Chicago 6. Denver 7. Columbus, Ohio 8. Dayton, Ohio 9. Washington, D.C. 10. Los Angeles 11. Boston 12. Indianapolis 13. Louisville, Ky. 14. Cleveland 15. Minneapolis, Minn. This is the data from Google Trends: They do not match up at all. Any thoughts?... More »

 

Bed Bug Trends and the Tools to Monitor Them

Bed Bug Trends and the Tools to Monitor Them

Here are some great tools for watching bedbug trends, both regional and topical: ... More »

 

Bed Bugs Have Gone Mainstream

Bed Bugs Have Gone Mainstream

Some will tell you the rise in bed bug chatter is emanating from the media, and they'd be half right. After all, look at this week's New Yorker: It would be good if the steep rise in bedbug-related searches were due to increased education, but unfortunately, they seem to be due to increasing infestations and a search for solutions: One piece of good news for victims of bedbugs is ... More »

 

The Bedbug Summit

The Bedbug Summit

We live-tweeted the Bedbug Summit: Bedbug summit in Chicago! 10:47 AM Sep 21st via mobile web todayshow Interesting fact TODAY: North America's first ever #BedBugs Summit is being held in Chicago 8:19 AM Sep 21st via web by AMintheAM Retweeted by you and 34 others Hashtag #bedbugsummit is the one to follow, folks. #bedbugs #bedbug 10:51... More »

 

Killing Bedbugs By Heating Your House

Killing Bedbugs By Heating Your House

At 115 degrees Fahrenheit it is supposed to take 20 minutes to kill adult bedbugs. It takes an hour to kill the eggs, though. Professionals pump hot air into a structure for a few hours so heat reaches all the cracks and hiding places where the bugs will try to escape to. You also have to remove anything from the home that can be damaged and the home itself, including paint and plastic eleme... More »

 

Preventative Bed Bug Checking

Preventative Bed Bug Checking

The following is a very positive development. As more and more hotels begin preventatively bringing in bug-sniffing dogs, there will be an increase in transparency and consumers will be able to tell which places take bedbugs seriously. From a local Philly ABC station in March: John Cochie, innkeeper of the Alexander Inn in center city says he's taken preventive steps, such as regu... More »

 

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