Today is June 18, three months exactly since the Mayor signed the bed bug advisory board bill. (At least one generation.)
We’ve talked a bit about J.R. Busvine, a British medical entomologist, before. Bed bugs held Busvine’s attention on occasion and I consequently try to read everything of his I can find, but his unambiguous association of bed bugs with sanitary … Continue reading
This is a different state bill in New Jersey that would create a warranty:
Preparation for bed bug treatments is necessary and becoming normalized as a consumer service but, because nothing is ever that simple with bed bugs, preparation may unintentionally spread bed bugs, within the apartment, in the building and in the community. Continue reading
Sorry, silly mood. A new bacterium in bed bugs has been found. It’s related to an endosymbiotic bacterium already identified in ticks, Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii. Yes, named after the bacteria that communicate with the Force. Pretty neat, that prerogative of … Continue reading
Update: This bill was vetoed in July 2010, plus other news in mattresses here.
We have a one-track mind here, no doubt, and so I’ve been looking for articles that discuss how bed bugs find their human hosts. Recently I read about the phases of host-seeking behaviors in blood-sucking insects—hungry searching, activation by stimuli … Continue reading
Have you seen this? The NYS IPM Program’s guidance for master gardeners, How to Talk to Callers about Bed Bugs (PDF), part of the resources collected here—do not miss the travel wallet cards (PDF).
This made me laugh even though it’s not funny. (?) In the 1960s the US Army considered several arthropod species for use in a portable insect ambush detector or a stationary intrusion detector device.