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Weekly Link Rodeo, 10/19/10

Posted: October 19th, 2010 | Author: | | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

OK, so the rodeo is a little late this week. I normally like to cram it in over a hangover on the weekend. But I had obligations and shenanigans, see. Like a migrating loon, I was traveling to my ancestral home, a few hundred miles away. Of course I checked all the beds and the staff of JetBlue for bedbugs. They don’t like that, it turns out. They also don’t like that lady who clapped and said “YAY!” when informed the coffee was really Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Anyway, after my dad stopped laughing at my internet farming enterprises, he told me that he had bedbugs in the 1930s, as a tender child, in his apartment in Park Slope! So the song remains the same, Brooklynites. I offered him the chance to write up the tale of that experience in exchange for absolutely no money, but he didn’t jump on that one for some reason. If you want to hear the story, stomp and hold your breath in the comments, and maybe we’ll reach consensus.

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NH School cancels field trip for bedbugs at camp [via NECN.com]

I think you get the gist here. Those poor bedbugs aren’t going to camp due to some harsh, pencil-necked paperpusher. Oh, you mean the children aren’t going to camp because there were bedbugs at the camp. Well, why didn’t you say so?  Nature’s Classroom at Camp Cody in Freedom turned out to have bedbugs. Discovered by dogs, being treated by some unnamed method.  Nature’s. Classroom. I can’t think of a more authentic way for children to learn, honestly. You’re just going to be dealing with this same problem when you find yourself at 18 and run off to NY, clutching your well-worn Rent DVD. You’re not gonna pay the rent! Except you are, and you’ll pay even if you have bedbugs! Insolent whelp.

Bedbugs found in Maine hospital surgical unit [via NECN.com again]

Just last week, bedbugs were discovered at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston….

It was a patient who first alerted staff to the presence of bedbugs in one of the medical surgical units. The floor remains closed as a precaution until officials are sure the bedbugs are gone.

Wow, New England is hopping, er, crawling these days! Aren’t you glad you live in NY, then, paying your rent? Oh, wait. I can’t imagine which would piss me off more after surgery: wake up with MRSA or frigging BEDBUGS. Can’t they just randomly aim a large laser around and kill them all?



Weekly Bedbug Link Rodeo, 10/10/10

Posted: October 10th, 2010 | Author: | | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Bedbugs or no bedbugs, what’s ‘sleep tight’ mean?, [The Journal Gazette]

In short: no one really knows. Does it have something to do with a system of ropes? Making bedbug barriers out of your duvet? Your dumb idea is as good as a guy’s. The OED says “It seems that tight in this expression is the equivalent of the only surviving use of the adverb tightly, meaning soundly, properly, well, effectively.” That’s tight, yo.

Smitherman vows to eradicate bedugs, [Toronto Sun]

Are bedbugs the next war on drugs/terror/cankles? A Toronto mayoral candidate is gearing up to kick ass and take names, if elected. About $3 million dollars in Canada money will be required to do this. There will be protocols, people. It’s about time.

EPA-Registered Bed Bug Products: Product Search Tool,  [via EPA.gov]

Hmm, a way to find just the right pesticide to murtilize all your bedbugs? That sounds great! Their treatment location options include Mattress, Whole House, Whole Room, or Crack/Surface/Void. Let’s say I’ve got a crack that needs treating. It’s a nasty one. I have no idea which product I’m interested in, so I’ll leave the first search box blank. Do I know a specific ingredient? Well, no, I’m just a sap with bedbugs. Am I looking for a company name? Monsanto, they’re pretty evil, right? Oh, not there. Hmmm. OK, do I know the EPA registration number of my pesticide of choice? Well, no.  Fire it up anyway. Wow, only 32 pages of results to treat my crack problem!

Bedbugs make your trigger finger itch? [via WaPo]

A list of products and speculation on their varying levels of importance/efficacy from an entomologist. “Pillow protectors: Unnecessary. Bed bugs typically don’t chill out in pillows, where there are too many disturbances for their taste.” Picks include mattress covers, Ziploc bags, ClimbUp bed leg monitors, and portable heating units, among others.

Bed bugs expected in more schools [via WCSH6.com]

Some lucky, or unlucky, depending on your age and maturity level, kids in Maine got a few days off as pest control professionals treated their classrooms and busses after some students developed bite marks. Search dogs and heat treatment techniques were used. Bedbugs cropping up in schools will be an ongoing problem, and families will need to be vigilant to avoid a home infestation brought back from school. Schools need comprehensive plans for inspections and prevention and treatment. I wonder if faking bedbugs will be the next hot way to get sent home from school for the day? In my day, all we ever had was stomach cramps!