Bed Bugs, Art, Information

A big city is full of information overload. How does someone not in the loop know which buildings have bed bugs and which do not? Incensed that a friend unknowingly moved into a bed bug infested building and subsequently had to dispose of most possessions, artist, Hunter Fine decided to inform the public through art.

His website, Bed Bug Hotels has pictures of buildings known to be infested with bed bugs. In addition to the Tumblr site, each building is tagged with a piece of art identifying the building as containing bed bugs. Fine and his group hope that the concept will go viral. Others are encouraged to participate in tagging bed bug infested buildings and sending pictures to the site for posting.

We are an informative and benevolent group of citizens who care about information. We want to warn people before they move into a building that has bed bugs. Copycats welcome.

Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

Bed Bug Hotel Art
Image:Hunter Fine, bedbughotels.tumblr.com

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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4 Responses to Bed Bugs, Art, Information

  1. Pat says:

    Help, I’ve got bed bugs! A friend has suggested I hire an exterminator who uses ozone. Is this type of treatment effective and worth the expense?

    TIA

  2. brownyneal says:

    Ozone at high enough concentration will kill bed bugs. However, it is difficult to get high enough ozone levels for a long enough period for ozone to be truly effective. There are much more effective treatments than ozone.
    Any bed bug treatment by a professional will be expensive. You could spend a lot of money on ineffective, do it yourself products off the shelf and not get rid of your problem. Then you would be out that money, live with the bedbugs for a longer period and still need a professional.
    You want to find someone who will give you a guarantee that your problem will be eliminated and who will do follow up treatments if the first pass is not successful. Get recommendations from other customers as to their satisfaction.
    I have heard of some success with heat treatments and combinations of heat and pesticides.
    Good luck.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think this idea is very wonderful, as it can help many people to know and avoid the buildings that have bed bugs in them. I used to live in an apartment 2 years ago that contained bed bugs and it was horrible. I had no way of knowing about it and getting rid of them was too costly for a one year stay. If only there was a website or place I can look as a reference about bed bugs infestation, I would not have to deal with them. The only thing is they are only focusing on New York City which doesn’t have much use to me.

  4. BB says:

    Ozone will not kill bed bugs in a home situation,even with the most powerful ozone generator.See youtube http://youtu.be/IY4t0-1KTCg

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