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Woman Tried to Kill Bedbugs, Killed 11-Year-Old Girl Instead

Jesmin Akter accidentally unleashed fatal dose of phosphine on apartment building

(Newser) - A UK woman has avoided jail time after accidentally poisoning a neighbor on her 11th birthday. Fatiha Sabrin was among several residents of the Nida House apartment building in the east London borough of Tower Hamlets who began feeling unwell on December 11, 2021. Investigators found Jesmin Akter, 34, had...

Ahead of Paris Olympics, a Pesky Issue: 'No One Is Safe'

Bedbugs are overrunning France, with the Games less than 10 months away

(Newser) - The Summer Olympics kick off in Paris in a little under 10 months, but France is now contending with a pesky issue it hopes it can contain before then. NPR reports on a nationwide "resurgence of bloodsucking bedbugs," six-legged insects about the size of an apple seed that...

County Settles With Family of Inmate 'Eaten Alive' by Bugs

Lashawn Thompson was literally covered in bugs when he died in Fulton County Jail

(Newser) - Georgia's Fulton County has reached a settlement with the family of a man who died in a insect-infested cell in the county jail's psychiatric wing, the family's lawyers said Thursday. The terms were not immediately disclosed. Lashawn Thompson, 35, died in September, three months after he was...

Live Bedbugs Released in Pennsylvania Walmart

State police are seeking the culprit

(Newser) - Walmart managers may not be sleeping tight tonight: Somebody released live bedbugs in a Pennsylvania store and police are now investigating. State police say they were contacted by the manager of the Edinboro store Thursday after staff members found a pill bottle in a boy's jacket with live bedbugs...

Trump Blames 'Radical Left' for a Bedbug Rumor

He says his Doral resort in Florida does not have them

(Newser) - On Monday, President Trump began pushing for next year's G7 summit to be held at his very own Trump National Doral Miami resort. On Tuesday, Trump had to push back against some related buzz: "No bedbugs at Doral," he tweeted . "The Radical Left Democrats, upon hearing...

Professor Joked About Columnist, and Things Spiraled

Bret Stephens wrote back to a professor and cc'd the professor's boss

(Newser) - A columnist for the New York Times is again making headlines over something he wrote, but in this case it's an email. It seems Bret Stephens took offense to a critical tweet, and now he's being accused of over-reacting. The offending tweet came from George Washington University associate...

Best Place to Keep Luggage in Hotel Room Is a Surprising One
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Entomologist: Keep Your Luggage in Hotel Tub

To avoid bedbugs

(Newser) - Forget about throwing your suitcase into your hotel room's closet—and don't even think about throwing it onto your bed to unpack it. That's what an insect expert tells the Apartment Therapy blog , and the reason may make you cringe: It's to avoid bringing home any...

Bedbugs Study Reveals a Surprise
Bedbugs Study
Reveals a Surprise

Bedbugs Study Reveals a Surprise

They walked the earth with the dinosaurs, are much older than thought

(Newser) - Bedbugs were around the same time as T. Rex. That's one of the surprising discoveries about the pest revealed in a new study in Current Biology . Researchers have generally thought that bedbugs were no older than bats—which go back roughly 60 million years— because bats were believed to...

Courthouse Closes After Some See Bedbugs Fall From Lawyer

Exterminators were called to the Rogers County Courthouse in Oklahoma

(Newser) - An alleged incident in Oklahoma gives new meaning to the saying, "Don't bring your problems to work." The Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore had to close around noon on Monday after some judges and employees saw what looked like bedbugs falling from an attorney's clothing some...

Woman 'Butchered' by Bedbugs Sues Disneyland Hotel

Lawyer for Ivy Eldridge says family was covered in bites

(Newser) - A not-so-happy happening at the Happiest Place on Earth: A woman is suing over bedbugs at the Disneyland Hotel. Ivy Eldridge, whose lawsuit names the Walt Disney Co., Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and the hotel itself, says she was bitten by bedbugs while staying at the California hotel with...

Model 'Massacred' by Bedbugs Sues Hilton

Sabrina Jales St. Pierre claims 'psychological trauma' from infestation

(Newser) - A woman who's modeled for Valentino, Versace, and Victoria's Secret is suing a Hilton hotel in California, claiming she was "massacred" by bedbugs. Brazilian model Sabrina Jales St. Pierre says she had a severe reaction to bedbug bites that required medical attention and affected her ability to...

After Bedbugs So Bad Their Boy Is Scarred, Family Gets $1.6M

Scratching left toddler son permanently marked

(Newser) - The company that owns an apartment complex where a bedbug infestation left a 3-year-old boy scarred has been ordered to pay his family almost $1.6 million. Mother Lilliana Martinez says that in 2012, two years after the family moved into the complex in Inglewood, Calif., they found son Jorge...

One Way to Get Rid of Bedbugs: Burn the House Down

Woman trying to kill the critters accidentally sets her building on fire

(Newser) - You might want to do anything to get rid of bedbugs, but adding fire to the mix didn't end well for one Cincinnati woman trying to rid her apartment of the tiny creeps. As the AP reports, she accidentally started a house fire while trying to kill bedbugs with...

Family: We Were 'Covered' in Bedbug Bites After Flight

British Airways says it is investigating

(Newser) - British Airways has apologized to a family who say they had little option but to let the bedbugs bite on a flight from Vancouver to London earlier this month. Heather Szilagyi—a former hotel worker who knows a bedbug when she sees one—says she discreetly alerted a flight attendant...

A Few Easy Tricks May Keep Bedbugs Away While Traveling

Put your suitcase up on a metal rack and seal your soiled laundry

(Newser) - Nobody wants to bring home bedbugs after being on the road, and now scientists have some practical advice on how to avoid that fate. A new study in Scientific Reports shows that the little critters are drawn to the scent of dirty laundry, and the lead author translates that into...

Man Fights City Hall by Releasing 100 Live Bedbugs

The man in Maine was apparently upset he didn't qualify for city assistance

(Newser) - In 40 years of government work, a city manager in Maine says he's "never had anything as yucky as this." The Kennebec Journal reports a "disgruntled" man entered Augusta city hall Friday and promptly shut it down by releasing dozens of bedbugs. “He whipped out...

Caretaker Charged in Woman's Bed Bug Death

Woman, 96, died covered in sores

(Newser) - A 96-year-old woman's death wouldn't typically garner headlines, but a case out of Hanover, Pa., is an exception. Mary Stoner died last February due to complications from sepsis that arose after a bed bug infestation, and her caretaker, Deborah Butler, has now been charged in Stoner's death,...

For 60 Years, This Bedbug Fell Off the Fla. Map. Now It's Back

Tropical bedbug has potential to wreak more havoc than regular variety

(Newser) - The last time a tropical bedbug was confirmed in Florida, the average price of a new home was less than $10,000 , and Perry Como topped the charts. But USA Today reports this jacked-up cousin of the regular bedbug has now apparently made a reappearance in the Sunshine State, after...

Bedbugs Actually Prefer Certain Colors

Like other insects, bedbugs appear to gravitate toward red and black

(Newser) - If you want to keep the bedbugs from biting, one possible deterrent may come in the form of home decorating—because bedbugs, as researchers at the University of Florida have found, seem to have strong color preferences. Reporting in the Journal of Medical Entomology , they note that the bloodsucking pests...

Chemicals Failing Us in Fight Against Bedbugs

Study shows they have developed 'dramatic' resistance

(Newser) - Here's some bad news for anyone who lives by the credo the only good bedbug is a dead bedbug: The nocturnal bloodsuckers that infest homes, hotel rooms, and even movie theaters are getting harder to kill. In a study in the Journal of Medical Entomology , researchers say that bedbugs...

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