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Abby, the bed bug sleuth (photo courtesy of Pet Portraits Network)

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Nov
4
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Bed bug canine, Abby

If you plan to travel soon-avoid bed bugs

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Jul
10

Be sure and check your beds, mattresses, box springs, and headboards carefully, and the bed side table.  Don’t store luggage on floors in hotel rooms.  Use the luggage rack.  When you return home, unpack clothing into your washer or dryer, even if you did not use those items.

Bed bug video, in a hurry to get nowhere

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Jul
10

Bed bugs in a hurry to get nowhere

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Bed bugs in glass vial

 

Bed Bug Video by Anticimex Bed Bug laboratories

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Jun
26

I truly enjoyed this video.  Yes, it’s bed bugs, and bed bug eggs, and bed bugs feeding on humans!  It’s artistic, though, really!  Thanks ANTICIMEX!

 

Abby working to help a homeless shelter find bed bugs

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Jun
17

Abby, our bed bug scent dog, helped a homeless shelter in a nearby town today. She provided a courtesy bed bug  inspection in the office areas and some living quarters.  We will do additional courtesy inspections for them after they have the heat treatment that is scheduled for this week.

Bed Bug Law Suits on the increase

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Jun
2

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Faika Shaaban developed an itchy rash the day she moved into an Annapolis apartment in the fall of 2011.

The hundreds of bites, the lesions and the resulting scarring were from bedbugs. She had no idea that she’d rented an apartment whose landlord had been notified of a potential bedbug infestation only weeks earlier, according to her lawsuit against the landlord.

An Anne Arundel County jury awarded the 69-year-old woman $800,000 this week, an amount that lawyers familiar with such cases said was the highest they have seen. Most of that — $650,000 — was in punitive damages, more than she had sought.

The case highlights the growth in bedbug lawsuits nationwide. And it demonstrates the ire of jurors not only over the insects but also over landlords who they feel didn’t deal with a known infestation, said Shaaban’s attorney, Daniel W. Whitney of Towson.

“She lost practically everything due to this,” he said.

He said it was the jury’s “opportunity to send a message to the community, to landlords, that you must abate it.”

The defendant, landlord Cornelius J. Barrett and West Street Partnership, which owns the property and of which Barrett is a general partner, did not respond to the lawsuit, according to Whitney and court records. He could not be reached to comment.

In a 2002 case, a jury awarded $382,000 to a brother and sister who said they were besieged by bedbugs at a Motel 6 in Chicago when they stayed in a room that management knew was infested.

Whitney has more than 75 bedbug cases, nearly all in Maryland, and said he’s turned away hundreds of potential bedbug clients in the past two-and-a-half years.

“You are going to see a rapid growth of bedbug claims over the next decade. There are enough lawyers who are getting trained so that people will be able to find lawyers, so that people will find a way to get relief,” said lawyer Tom Campbell of Birmingham, Ala., who advises other lawyers.

This week’s verdict has landlords taking notice.

A landlord doesn’t put bedbugs in a unit, yet “the landlord is being faced with the burden of fixing this problem,” said Ben Frederick, president of the Property Owners Association of Greater Baltimore.

Landlords are pushing to shift responsibility onto tenants in leases that say that if bedbugs don’t turn up before or soon after a tenant moves in, the tenant must pay for extermination.

Greg Countess, assistant director of advocacy at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, said he is increasingly seeing leases that give the landlord reason to terminate a lease and evict a tenant if the landlord can prove a tenant brought in bedbugs. Many landlords, he said, push tenants to buy renters’ insurance “to protect property that might be lost due to a bedbug infestation.”

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/anne-arundel/annapolis/bs-md-ar-bed-bugs-20130531,0,1247364.story#ixzz2V5hqMwFa

Bed Bug Inspector, Abby

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May
31

Abby doesn’t dress up for work usually.  She is wearing her sleuth attire in these training pics, though!Abby rocking sleuth attire 2013 150x150 Bed Bug Inspector, AbbyAbby sleuth2013 150x150 Bed Bug Inspector, Abby

Steps to Take the Bite out of Bed Bugs

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May
29

WFMY News 2′s Tanya Rivera on travel tips to keep from bringing bed bugs home: http://www.digtriad.com/2wantstoknow/article/286528/443/Easy-steps-to-take-the-bite-out-of-bed-bugs

Brooklyn Exterminator shares bed bug Horror stories

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May
26

 

Although bed bug complaints and violations were said to be in decline last year, exterminator Bill Swan isn’t buying it. According to Swan, NYC’s bed bug epidemic is still raging, and he attributes the drop in complaints to an increasing number of New Yorkers essentially giving up, sticking an apple in their mouths and tying themselves to spits for the bed bugs armies to feast upon.

 

In a lengthy interview with Swan, he shared some of his craziest bed bug horror stories with us, and also explained why it doesn’t work to try to get rid of them on your own. To that end, he wanted us to spread the word that his company, NYC Pest Control, is running a special this month!   Click below to read the article

Brooklyn exterminator shares bed bug horror stories.

Penn State seems to have a Bed Bug Problem

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May
20

Penn State Officially Has a Bed Bug Problem
(from Phillymag.com)
Just in time to greet a busload full of high school students, an army of bed bugs has invaded Penn State.

Hundreds of kids flock to Penn State’s main campus every summer for science camp, but this year some of those children got an extra lesson on entomology after they found bed bugs crawling around their sheets.

Not bad, writer of the article. Not bad. The bed bugs in question, PSU confirms, have infested three dorm rooms in Curtin Hall, in the East Hall complex of the University Park campus. Not surprisingly, several students reported bites. Thank heavens our friend the Nittany Lion is immune; he was just wrapped up this week for renovations. [WJAC]