31 Dec
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo Credit: Christine592 via flickr[/caption] According to CNN.com, one in 15 homes in New York was affected by bed bugs last year, and several businesses were forced to shut down to address outbreaks. A new online portal will help local residents and businesses with bed bug identification and will provide guides to prevent and control infestations. The guide recommends enclosing infested mattresses and box springs in a cover that is labeled ‘for bed bugs’ for    at least one year.... Read More
30 Dec

How to spot a bead bug and where they came from

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  • December 30, 2011
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On the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website(http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/bedbugs/html/home/home.shtml), bed bugs are described as flat and oval in shape, with adults growing to the size of an apple seed. They do not fly or jump, but crawl, and are most active at night. Females lay anywhere from 200 to 500 eggs in one lifetime. Adult bed bugs can survive for up to a year without feeding. It is believed that bed bugs first made an appearance in... Read More
30 Dec

Bed Bug Scanning Technologies Licensed to Startups

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  • December 30, 2011
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Bed bug scanning technology, originally developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), is one of three technologies developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s national laboratory. These technologies are to be licensed to startup companies as part of a White House initiative called Startup America. The initiative was announced earlier this year and offers new companies the opportunity to license new technologies at an affordable rate. VisiRay, a company started by University of Oregon Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, is creating a... Read More
29 Dec

PCT Highlights Bed Bug Summit Take-Aways

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  • December 29, 2011
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Bed Bug University held its North American Summit in Chicago in September 2011. Leading researchers and executives from pest management, hospitality, university, housing authority, and property management fields came together to talk about trends in the bed bug industry. Some major highlights were showcased in the most recent issue of PCT. Bed bug anxiety: Dr. Caleb Adler, associate professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati, explained that bed bug anxiety can cause some people with existing psychiatric... Read More
28 Dec

No one is Safe from Bed Bugs…Not Even Presidents

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  • December 28, 2011
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There are many misconceptions surrounding bed bugs, including where infestations can occur. Many people assume that the tiny parasites stick to dirty motels or unkempt houses. As a matter of fact, bed bugs do not discriminate, and even a former member of our highest office in the U.S. has had an experience with them. According to the recent Washington Post article by Stephen Lowman, bed bugs have increased 70 percent since 2007 and this means no one is immune. Bed... Read More
28 Dec

Hotel in Ohio Faces Second Bed Bug Lawsuit

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  • December 28, 2011
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A second bed bug related lawsuit has been filed against The Knights Inn located in Xenia, Ohio. The suit alleges that two hotel guests, the Andersons, saw employees remove bed bugs from a bed in their room and simply place them inside a container in November of last year. Another guest, David Washington, more recently alleged that his clothes were infested with bed bugs after staying at that hotel. Mark Anderson and David Washington do not know each other, but... Read More
28 Dec

Tips on how to avoid bed bugs

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  • December 28, 2011
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In an article on The Travel Channel’s website (http://www.travelchannel.com/Places_Trips/Travel_Ideas/Travel_Tips/Invasion_Of_The_Bedbugs) explained that cities like Cincinnati, OH, Columbus, OH and Chicago, IL, have seen spikes in bed bug complaints. The article also explains that bed bugs are not only staying in homes anymore, but also showing up in hotels, office buildings and movie theaters. It doesn’t matter how clean the space is either, as bed bugs can show up anywhere. The article gives some advice on how to avoid them: Staying in... Read More
27 Dec

Bed Bug Sniffing…by an Electronic Dog Nose?!

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  • December 27, 2011
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Bed bugs are notorious for being extremely difficult to find and exterminate. That’s why Chris Goggin invented the Bed Bug Detective – an “electronic dog nose” device that can “sniff” out the bloodsuckers in just minutes. It was recently recognized by Popular Science with a 2011 PopSci Invention Award. According to PopSci.com, the device was modeled after the way a dog picks up the scent of bed bug pheromones, a technique that has been used increasingly by pest control experts.... Read More
27 Dec
Many of us are happy when the temperatures start to rise as we move towards summer, and apparently, we aren’t the only ones. Bed bugs thrive in warmer temperatures and are expected to become an even bigger problem for the Northeast in the coming months, especially with increased travel. According to NorthJersey.com, hotels, summer camps and other businesses are looking for information on how to get rid of the critters and prevent infestations from happening in the first place. “They... Read More
27 Dec

How to Hide from Bed Bugs this Halloween

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  • December 27, 2011
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With the economy in a recession and Halloween only days away, many people have turned to second-hand stores as a source for an inexpensive costume. Frugal second-hand shoppers should keep a few things in mind when heading out in search of the perfect costume this Halloween: Ask the store owner what precautions they take- Some stores already have procedures to follow before placing second-hand items out to be sold. Before making a purchase, ask what treatments, if any, the clothes... Read More