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Bedbugs

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Carpet Beetles: Are They The Next Bed Bugs?

    Invasion? The Voice recently wrote about bugs' inevitable(?) triumph over humankind. And though it doesn't look like bed bugs are necessarily going to be the creepy, crawly culprits who enslave us, we have recently learned about another species that comes out while you are asleep and defenseless: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Bed Bugs: Are They Back?

    This just in from the Daily News: a most troubling report suggests that the early onset of warm weather could prompt swarms of stink bugs -- and other creepy crawlies -- to invade America! (Invade!) Of course, Runnin' Scared wondered: What about bed bugs? Indeed, past reports on bed bugs kinda m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Bed Bugs Enjoy Sexing Their Brothers and Sisters

    ​Bed bugs. They live in your mattress. They infest your books. They crawl all over you and suck your blood in the middle of the night, they terrorize you and ruin your life, they make you constantly itchy, or constantly afraid of feeling itchy. Some among us won't even put their bags on the fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Download TriBeCaStan's Gear-Shifting, Omniversal Ode To New York's Favorite Insect, "Bed Bugs"

    New York cultural mash-up experiment TriBeCaStan is part of a growing number of local groups like Nation Beat who dive so deep into the melting pot that borders become burned away—even the name "TriBeCaStan" is meant to evoke an imaginary republic defined by New York cool, explorer energy and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Adorable Bed Bug Hotels Show New Yorkers Where There Are Bed Bugs

    BedBugHotels.org​This summer was supposed to be the Summer of the Bed Bug (before it became the summer of the rat, and the summer of the hurricane, and the summer we worked a lot). But, thank goodness, the great bed-bug-ification of New York City never truly came to fruition in June, July, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2011

    Queens Elementary School Has the Worst Bedbug Problem In the City

    ​Astoria's P.S. 70 has been given the dubious honor of being the most bedbuggy school in the city. It's the only school in New York that's been found to have bedbugs that inspectors admit came from inside the building. Usually when bedbugs are found in public schools, officials claim that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Bed Bugs Have Tripled in Public Schools

    ​Bed bugs, we haven't heard much of you this summer. So, you had a party in a Staten Island jail. At least you aren't invading our (well, the tourists') clothing stores. But now we find you're running rampant in schools? Don't you have hearts in those little, brown, blood-sucking bodies? (No.) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Bedbugs Visit Staten Island Jail

    ​Despite early rumors that this would be the "summer of bedbugs," we've heard relatively little as the doings of those adorable creatures this season, especially compared to prior years. Remember when they took over Victoria's Secret, Hollister, Hachette Filipacchi, the U.N., the Time Warner C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Bed Bug Insurance Is Here; Bed Bugs Still Attacking

    ​Finally some potentially good news in the ongoing war against bed bugs: insurance. According to a press release issued yesterday, Aon Risk Solutions, Global Excess Partners, and Terminix have joined forces to provide bed bug insurance for "hotels, landlords, student housing, corporate busines ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    New York Is America's Top City for Bedbugs

    ​According to a survey released by the pest-control people at Terminix, New York is again the number one city for bedbugs in the US of A. Congrats, all. This summer keeps being touted as the "summer of bedbugs," and it's great to know that we're succeeding on that front. Truthfully, it's horri ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 25, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Bedbugs: Now Even More Terrifying

    ​Bedbugs -- horrible, terrible, repugnant bedbugs -- were bad enough when they were simply infesting our homes and terrorizing our night's sleep. But they've achieved new levels of horror with the news that they may also carry drug-resistant bacteria like MRSA and Staph. Gross. Recent research ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Bed Bug Complaints Hint at a Hellacious Summer Infestation

    DNAInfo.com​We're into a map that DNAinfo has up today, showing which parts of Manhattan have had the largest numbers of bed bug complaints over the first three months of this year.  According to the news site, Manhattan residents made 455 complaints to 311 about bed bugs for the first thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    New York City Launches New Bed Bug Website, Rules

    ​The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have rolled out a new website to educate locals about bed bugs as the warm months approach and everyone starts to get itchy again. The slick site offers an illustrated Q&A with a streaming voiceover to address issues like "How can I te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2011

    Odds Are, Your Date Has Bed Bugs. Here's What to Do.

    via BedbugsyBlog​Ever helpful Marie Claire magazine just interviewed a bed bug expert, because, you know, it's just not good enough torturing you with advice about men and awful diets and how to do DIY dramatic eyes. Nope, not enough. So they have this nugget to share: DATING BASICALLY DOUBLES ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Prepare for the Summer of Bedbugs, Part 2: Imminent Takeover

    ​We haven't talked about those creepy crawly little horrors that were all over our retail stores, movie theaters, schools, offices, hotels, and wherever else they could get their monstrous little biting bodies into, even subway trains, last summer. We haven't missed them, but apparently it's t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2011

    Bed Bugs in Gramercy Park Hotel?

    ​Bed bugs -- our indestructible nemeses who are biting more New Yorkers than ever -- may be causing issues in the super-swanky Gramercy Park Hotel. A disgruntled employee wrote to Gothamist, telling them that bed bugs had been found in guest rooms, employee lockers, and storage rooms -- and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Gene-Morphing Bed Bugs Now Virtually Indestructible

    ​Have we properly freaked out about bedbugs yet this year? Not really? Let's do it, now! The Wall Street Journal published a piece today that had even our most hardened staff members quivering in their cargo shorts. Here are the scariest bits: --"bedbugs may have boosted their natural defense ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Bedbugs Are Biting 7 Percent More New Yorkers

    Once there's a T-shirt, you know it's real.​Bedbugs. They are terrifying. They are gross. They are everywhere. And they are continuing to reproduce with a vengeance. According to the latest stats from New York City's Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development, via the Wall Street Jou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Is This a Bed Bug on the New York City Subway? (Video)

    R is for "Narsty"​We can't confirm that this video is of an actual bed bug (it looks pretty big to us, as bed bugs go), but we can confirm that YouTube poster thefredelement has videotaped something on the Brooklyn-bound R. He says: "On my way to work (11/16/2010) a lady across the aisle had a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Roscoe, the World-Famous Bedbug-Sniffing Dog, Is "Just a Regular Guy"

    via Roscoe's Facebook page​Today the New York Times chronicles a situation born out of fear, and money, and hope; a situation that we hope none of you ever have to face. That situation is wondering if the ton of cash you've spent on your bedbug-sniffing dog is worth it.

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Giant, Inflatable Rat No Longer On-Trend for NYC Union Protests

    ​You know something has reached a peak of public saturation when it becomes a Halloween costume, and let's just say we ran into a lot of bedbugs this year (maybe we even were one.) And now we find, via Asylum.com, that everybody's favorite giant, inflatable union rat is getting kicked to the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Bedbugs Demand Education, Even If It Is Just the Public Kind

    ​Bedbugs. We have them. Well, not us, in particular (not yet, fingers crossed), but New York City clearly has them. And New York City schools have them, now more than ever. The Daily News reports a spike in cases in public schools, up to 336 in the first two months of the school year, from 135 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    Ingrates Sue Waldorf Over Bedbugs, Despite Complimentary Spa Treatments

    ​If you're still wondering whether bed bugs are "scaring tourists away," this might help: Crain's says a Michigan family will file a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court today, suing the posh Waldorf-Astoria Hotel after finding bedbugs in their room that followed them home in their luggage "and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Here Are 10 of New York City's Creepiest (Unhaunted) Places

    Creepy abandoned smallpox hospital. ​We're feeling kinda Halloweeny, and, luckily, New York has a whole host of reputedly haunted locales, including the Algonquin (now, creepily, a Marriott), the Dakota, the Empire State Building, and Washington Square Park. But it struck us that each of those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Bedbugs (Back) at the U.N., Where "Diplomatic Immunity" Jokes Are No Longer Funny

    ​Continuing in their reign of New York City terror, bedbugs have infested the UN. In fact, it seems that bedbugs have been hanging around the UN since at least 2009, causing all sorts of unwanted issues with international diplomacy and feeling itchy.

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Are Bedbugs Scaring Tourists Away From NYC?

    ​Tourists afraid of bedbugs? The Associated Press thinks so! Today's national wire carries a terrifying (and mostly anecdotal) piece about how bedbugs -- this year's trendiest New York annoyance/epidemic/infestation -- are threatening the city's "$30 billion tourism industry."

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    Animated Bedbugs Take Over the U.S.A., Especially New York (Video)

    ​Per a recent article in TimeOutNY cited by BrickUnderground, a 33-year-old opera singer was told by her exterminator that bedbugs can fly. Not cool. (They can't.) In other news, a/k/a, laugh so you don't have to cry, there's this somewhat hilarious Taiwanese animation of bedbugs taking over ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Bedbug Registry Creator Talks Infestations, Prevention, and the Worst Reported Cases in New York City

    ​By all accounts, the bedbug front keeps getting scarier. See "Sick Fucks Now Promoting Bedbug-Infestation as a Revenge Tactic." But what, really, is the state of the bedbug? Is all this talk just a bunch of fear-mongering? Or is the city's battle over bedbugs just beginning? We caught up with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Sick Fucks Now Promoting Bedbug-Infestation as a Revenge Tactic

    No, no, no, no, no.​Things that don't need to be said: You are a very, very, very bad person if you infest someone else with bedbugs, purposely and knowingly. This draws comparisons to STDs that we don't even want to think about -- except, of course, bedbugs can't kill you, they can only drive ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Place Your Bets: Bookies Pick the Four Seasons as Next Bedbug Strike

    ​Now that we've basically resigned ourselves to the fact the bedbugs are New York City's most terrifying (terrorist?) threat  it only makes sense that oddsmakers are handicapping where the next major NYC bedbug strike will go down. And where are they saying it's going to happen? The Four Seas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Bedbugs Are in NYU Dorms with "Bedbug-Proof" Mattresses

    via Mammakaze​This just goes to show that nowhere can really truly be bedbug-proof, not even the dorms of the naive and young-blooded -- all the better for the vampire-like parasites. Welcome to New York, kiddies; hope you packed your cortisone cream, because NYU representative Beth Morningstar co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    West Nile Virus Made a Comeback this Season -- Save Yourself from Its Wrath

    ​West Nile -- it almost sounds like something that should be on VH1's I Love the '90s -- but it's still among us and it can be dreadful, especially for those on either side of the age spectrum. The disease, first found in the U.S. in 1999, is at its highest levels in New York since 2000. There hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    Bedbugs Continue Campaign of Shock and Ew, Employing Guerrilla Tactics at Google, 311

    ​Bedbugs have reportedly now encroached upon Google's offices in Chelsea and -- isn't it ironic -- New York City's own 311 offices, right where you're supposed to call if you think you have a bedbug infestation. Meta. Per NY1, the call center in Lower Manhattan was fumigated Tuesday night after a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    NYC Rental Negotiations Will Now Include Tales of Bedbugs, Extreme Itchiness

    Landlord or bedbug?​On what may someday be considered a monumental day in the annals of bedbug history, Governor Paterson has signed into law the bedbug disclosure bill. Yes, starting immediately, New York City landlords have to tell prospective tenants -- in writing -- if there has been a bed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2010

    NYC Is the Most Bedbug-Ridden Place in the USA!

    ​As Rosie mentioned last week, maybe it's time to accept the bedbugs as our overlords. Personal anecdote: This very blogger walked down 2nd Street on Sunday and saw no less than 6 mattresses waiting in the rain for garbage collectors. Since it's neither the last nor the very first of the month ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Bed Bugs Are Way Worse Than Mice

    Friends don't let friends do bed bugs. ​Drag star Vodka Stinger knows this, having hideously been through both infestations. See, Vodka and her boyfriend (yes, she has a boyfriend, too!) suffered the horror of bed bugs last year and they're still having flashbacks about the 30 bags of laundry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Let's Just Give Up and Accept that the Bedbugs Have Won

    ​Bedbugs have now infested the AMC movie theater in Times Square. Yes, it's horrifying. But at this point, the idea that bedbugs are all over the damn place is not new. Let's look at all the places that have been infested by the little critters this summer:

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Press Clips, Day 6, Late Edition: The Beautiful Bedbugs of Elle Magazine

    ​Bedbugs! VICE! And can you "haz" a "dead" web? Find out in today, Day 6, of Press Clips.

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Bedbugs Now Feasting on 1 in 10 New Yorkers

    ​Well, happy Monday. According to a new Daily News poll, one in 10 (or more than 800,000!) New Yorkers have had bedbugs. Which means, if you have, you're not alone, and if you haven't, well, there's no need to be snooty about it because no one knows where their little sucky mouths will strike ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Are Bed Bugs Biting at the New York Public Library?

    ​Aw, bed bugs! Always trying to advance themselves and learn (and feast on the blood of intellectual sorts who enjoy such pursuits as reading and research). According to a WPIX newscast posted on Bedbugger.com this a.m., the nasty little creatures have been found in the New York Public Library ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Samuel Mark, East Village Bed Bug Artist, Strikes Again and Again (Q&A)

    ​Bed bugs have been busy populating New York City in droves, their flat ugly little bodies infesting couches, mattresses, and rugs all over. They've also found a home in Samuel Mark's latest street art. He translates the pests into graphic designs on sidewalk-trashed furniture, his canvas for gian ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Brooklyn Has the Most Bedbugs, and Other Findings From the Mayor's Bed Bug Advisory Board (Q&A)

    You are getting very itchy.​Yesterday the mayor held a press conference to announce the city's new bed bug plan, a multi-pronged and rather high-minded-seeming (bed bug information portals? bed bug czars?) approach to a completely physical problem: bed bugs feasting on the blood of the city's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    New York City Will Wage War on Bed Bugs With Special "Bed Bug Academy"

    The enemy is here.​Less than 24 hours after Mike Bloomberg issued his "geese or humans" ultimatum, we hear he's also got it out for the bed bugs. Except in this case, we pretty much approve. After all, they've infested valuable shopping haunts like Victoria's Secret and Hollister, not to menti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Bedbugs Take Over Hachette Book Group's Offices

    ​Coming to you with the latest in bedbug news: Hachette Book Group's three floors at 237 Park Avenue and East 46th Street are infested and undergoing "aggressive treatment" for the bugs on Thursday and Friday while, we presume, the lucky/unlucky Hachette employees "work from home" or "go to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2010

    Victoria's Secret Falls to the Scourge of Bedbugs, Gets Back Up Again

    Bedbugs!​I know, it's wrong...but it's almost enjoyable to watch all of these places we never, ever shop (except last year, you know, to buy a Halloween costume) fall prey to bedbugs. There was Hollister, which we've only walked by on occasion to catch a glimpse of a nude torso...then there wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Bedbugs Close Down Abercrombie & Fitch, Continue July 4th Invasion of New York City

    Via David Hagen.​Bedbugs (pictured right) -- which closed down Hollister's flagship store in Soho yesterday -- have now made their way down to the tourist haven that is the South Street Seaport, where they've taken over ... Hollister's parent-brand, Abercrombie & Fitch!

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Hollister Let the Bedbugs Bite, Leaving Skeeved Would-Be Customers at the Curb

    ​Your Runnin' Scared Vermin Investigation team took to the streets of Soho today after hearing the news that Hollister (Abercrombie's darker, nakeder, cologne-addled cousin) had been closed due to bedbug infestation. We found a steady stream of unwitting customers from as far away as Ireland a ... More >>

  • News

    December 12, 2006
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    December 5, 2006

    Bed Bugs & Beyond

    An outbreak of paranoia (and lint) sweeps the city

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