Bedbugs Week

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Bedbugs and the Chicago Public Schools

Posted By on 02.02.12 at 08:00 AM

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I was out of town over the past weekend, so I missed the big news that the Chicago Public Schools had directed its investigators to look into that whole rent-a-protester thing.

I was up in Michigan. Which meant I stayed in a hotel. Which meant that before I could even put my suitcase on the bed, my wife had to check the bed for bedbugs.

Thus, we have a perfect tie-in for bedbugs week at the Reader!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My bedbug encounter

Posted By on 02.01.12 at 08:00 AM

Two summers ago I was sitting on my couch one weekend morning, reading. I'd noticed that I was itching a bit, but didn't think much of it until my hippie-chick upstairs neighbor came down and knocked on my back door. She and her boyfriend had bedbugs, she said. She thought they'd picked them up in a San Francisco squat they'd recently stayed at. But they didn't want to use chemicals, and so were trying to get rid of them by other means. Great.

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Monday, January 30, 2012

The perils of bedbug research

Posted By on 01.30.12 at 08:00 AM

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One of the most interesting interviews I did while researching this week's story on bedbugs was with Dini Miller, an associate professor of entomology at Virginia Tech and the Urban Pest Management specialist for the state of Virginia. She's also one of the few researchers in the country who specializes in bedbugs, and she talked about the trials of keeping live colonies of bedbugs in the lab. There wasn't room in the article for most of the interview, so I thought I'd share some of it here.

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Starting today on the Bleader: Bedbugs Week

Posted By on 01.30.12 at 07:00 AM

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  • Alex Wild
Today begins a new edition of our blog feature "Variations on a Theme," in which we devote digital ink to a topic that fascinates us. This week, it's bedbugs, which ties into Julia Thiel's cover story on the subject.

And in case you missed it, here's last week's "Variations on a Theme," Alderman Week, which took inspiration from Mick Dumke's cover story on alderman Walter Burnett Jr.

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