Bed Bugs Are Back Big Time - Vancouver Province Article

June 05, 2013 Latest Updates by Admin

Bed bugs are back in the news again here in Vancouver. The Vancouver Province ran a story today about bed bugs - Brett Johnston, our founder and current President of the SPMABC, was quoted multiple times in this article.

So, is there anything new? No, not really. There is no silver bullet on the horizon - for now a heat treatment is still the best elimiation method available.

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Alcohol consumption and bed bugs

May 30, 2012 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

Bed bugs in the news again...

An interesting study was done recently by a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln - he looked what happens when we (the host of bed bugs) have upped our blood alcohol content?

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Bed Bugs in Movie Theatres?

March 19, 2012 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

Reports of a potential bed bug problem in a local movie theatre came to light this week.  Complaints from the movie-goer has prompted an investigation into the potential problem using a bed bug dectection dog.

News reports indicate no live bed bugs were found. This is good news but bed bugs can be anywhere these days and can be introduced into your home fairly easily.

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How to Not Get Rid of Bed Bugs - Using Fire!

March 19, 2012 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

In an attempt to rid their home of bed bugs, two guys took their couches and chairs outside and set them on FIRE! Now that's heat...

Bad idea! Yes, you guessed it - then their house caught on fire!

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Bed Bugs found in Surrey School

March 05, 2012 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

Bed bugs have made the news again! This time they have hitched a ride to school.

A Surrey school had the unwanted guests more than a month ago. The school brought in a bed bug detection dog after a parent reported bed bug bites. The dog was brought in to help identify areas with live bed bugs and yes, a couple of desks were found to have bed bugs. The students were moved to another classroom while the desks were removed and the bed bugs eliminated. 


Insecticide Chalk Warning

February 16, 2012 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

Health Canada has issued a warning on Insectide Chalk being sold in Canada. This product is sold under a few different names but none of them are registered for use in Canada. One of the main components of insecticide chalk is a highly toxic pesticide.

Children are particularly at risk from insecticide chalk because they can easily mistake the product for blackboard or sidewalk chalk and play with it or put it in their mouths. Overexposure to some chemicals found in insecticidal chalk can cause vomiting, stomach pains, convulsions, tremors and loss of consciousness. Serious allergic reactions are also possible.

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Bed Bug Biosphere

February 03, 2012 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

Introducing the Bed Bug Biosphere!

We love bed bugs so much we decided to invite them into our home.  Well, actually we made them their own home inside an acquarium - they have a bed, side tables, couch and a coffee table.  We put the furniture in, then we dumped the bugs (several dozen of them including eggs and all stages of nymph and adults, as well as some cast skins and dead bugs) into the middle of the habitat.  Within ten minutes the bed bugs had already moved into the furniture. 

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Bed bugs and Christmas travel

December 19, 2011 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse....

Well the mice might be sleeping but the bed bugs are out!

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PackTite Closet Now Available

November 22, 2011 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

Finally, the PackTite is available in Canada!

The PackTite Closet is a portable heat chamber that is great for small items that can't be laundered or placed in a dryer to kill bed bugs. It is a safe, non-chemical way to treat luggage, shoes, toys, and other belongings.

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Bed Bugs Found in Libraries

November 07, 2011 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

Bed Bugs are in the news again - this time they are making headlines by being found in Metro Vancouver libraries.

Bed bugs in libraries are not new - there have been reports in libraries for years. Usually the bugs are found dead but some have definatley been alive.

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