Bed bugs are bed bad. People’s entire lives have been overturned by these (increasingly common) blood-sucking, itch-inducing pests. Thankfully, they’re not disease vectors, but I would rather not share my home with a roommate who wants to eat me, thank you very much.
People who live in bedrooms with color schemes favored by seedy bachelors and Hot Topic-loving teens may have yet another reason to redecorate: bed bugs.
We all have at least one question about the formidable bed bug: How do I avoid having this goddamned pest infest my home? Actually make that two: How do I avoid getting bed bugs and how do I get rid of them if I do?
In 2004, Brooke Borel got bed bugs in New York. Then she experienced them again in 2009—twice in two different apartments. Because of those experiences, which were part of a widespread bed bug resurgence in the US, Borel, a science journalist, decided to explore why the bugs were back. This excerpt is one of many…
Bed bug infestations are a nightmare. The tiny, assholish insects can resist all sorts of measures to kill them completely. Drawn-out infestations are a scourge, but also fairly common in big cities like New York. There are plenty of remedies, from all-natural bean leaves to special heated suitcases, but none are…
Summer's almost over but that doesn't mean we can't have one last warm-weather, city-ruining hurrah. Let's check out some exhibitionist visitors to Barcelona, unwelcome new passengers on the NYC subway, and an airplane-sized mass of congealed fat moving under London. What's Ruining Our Cities? These guys are.
Letting a swarm of hungry bed bugs feed on your arm sounds squirm-inducingly unpleasant, but this entomologist decided to have a little fun with it. He gave himself a temporary tattoo while giving his bed bugs a nice big meal.
It's hard to say what's worse: knowing the science behind bedbug sex, or watching bedbugs do the Harlem Shake. I leave it up to you to decide.
As man still struggles to find a way to overcome the scourge that is bed bugs, it turns out that Mother Nature has already created a highly effective trap for the pests. Using bean leaves was once thought to just be an old folk remedy, but researchers at the University of California, Irvine and the University of…
Falling somewhere between a compact Dustbuster and a full-sized floor vacuum, LG's new VH9200DS is specifically designed to rid your bed and sheets of all the tiny critters hoping to spend the night with you. But it can also handle dust and crumbs, so you never need to feel bad about snacking in bed.
Libraries. They're bastions of knowledge, a playground for lovers of literature. That's not all, though. A library can also be a breeding ground for legions of bedbugs. You escape into a novel, and an insect infestation escapes into your home.
Bed bugs are a major cause of paranoia, and the mere suggestion of an infestation can lead to mass panic. But with all the scientific tools at our disposal, we ought to be able to figure out how these things work, and stop them from infesting our homes and us miserable. Right? And now, luckily, there's been a major…
Cities across North America and Europe are in the midst of a bed bug epidemic, a plague of bloodsucking parasites that are infesting bedrooms and hotel rooms across the nations. And they are so gross, leaving unwary victims with irritated skin and a profound case of the willies. It's gotten so bad that the U.S. alone…
Bedbugs were pretty much wiped out in the United States back in the 1950s, but over the past decade they've returned with a vengeance. They're tougher and more resistant to insecticides than ever before, and it's all due to inbreeding.
With New York still in the grips of a bed bug epidemic, the question keeps popping up: why are these little bastards so damned hard to kill? According to new research, their resurgence in the last few years has definitely been closely linked to the Big Apple, but it's actually been happening in all 50 states. The…
From the same man who invented the George Foreman spin fryer, the fuel-tank mechanism for the F-22 Raptor jet and dozens of other awesome products comes...the bed-bug sniffer!
Apocalypse by fiery nuclear war, apocalypse by ancient Mayan prophecy, apocalypse by Buffy villain - we expected almost anything. But not apocalypse by bed bug.
It really is better to be a human than an insect. We don't have to deal with anything as horrible-sounding as "traumatic insemination." I realize there's no such thing as "bad evolution"...but this is some bad evolution right here.
Bedbugs are more common than you might think, and the thought of these disgusting creatures biting into your flesh at night is enough to make anyone paranoid. This super cheap and easy DIY solution can bring you peace of mind.