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Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite

Almost wiped out after World War II, bed bugs are back with a vengeance. Recent bed bug infestations have been reported in a wide variety of locales, from college dormitories to hospital wings, homeless shelters to swanky hotels in the big apple and the windy city. The resurgence of these little brown bugs has become so problematic in parts of the nation that the Environmental Protection Agency held a two-day summit on the issue.

While bed bugs do not transmit diseases, their bites often cause discomfort from swelling and itching. Creepier still: bedbugs excrete a numbing agent in order to not wake their slumbering victims. The small bugs, about a quarter of an inch in length, live in sheet folds, couch crevices, and mattresses.

The resurgence of these little buggers is international and the problem is worse in densely populated areas. One reason for the rise is that there are few pesticides approved for use on mattresses that kill bedbugs. Since the approval process of pesticides is lengthy, the EPA is considering approving some pesticides for emergency use. There is also a push to study the effectiveness of alternative removal solutions, like heating, freezing, or steaming to remove the bedbugs. Have you dealt with bedbugs? Are you itchy after reading this? I know I am!


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Now...this is why monkeys make great pets...but, i'm not too sure if monkeys have microscopic vision to spot those bugs and eat them... very well then...
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
tori927 "Does anyone know what that bug in the picture above is crawling on? " It's duct tape that has been taped to the outside of a jar. The bed bugs start out as specks tiny tiny black or white dots (eggs) then they suck your blood and grow rapidly to the size of a small house fly. The thing is they're incredibly lightweight and they are flat. A bed bug can crawl between two sheets of paper without getting hurt or you noticing any difference.
tropicalsiren tropicalsiren 8 years
As previosly said they are passed from place to place by clothes, bags, suitcases,etc. An aunt of mine went to visit her sister(my other aunt) and brought bedbugs into her house. She knew she had a problem with them but yet did not said anything to her sister because she was embarrassed about it( back in the day there considered to be caused by uncleanneanes). Well, she had to confess when my other aunt started going crazy when her whole family were covered in bites, thank god both were able to solve the problem
opentypeA opentypeA 8 years
Nasty... I'm getting itchy from reading this, lol Does anyone know what that bug in the picture above is crawling on? I'm curious as to their size...
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I heard that same report, kia! He acted almost like they were his little pets.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
You'd think you'd know but I didn't know for about two weeks why I was so itchy and had bites on me. I went to my primary care doctor and she taught I was having an allergic reaction to something I ate or eczema. Then I was sitting on my rug late at night and I saw this bug scurry from the edge of my desk toward my cat. I killed it and reddish brown fluid came out. I didn't know that it was my blood that was oozing out. then I looked at my leg and there was a freaking bed bug on me. I didn't even feel it. I freaked took a shower, scrubbed everywhere and washed my hair in the middle of the night. All pointless because the bugs where in my bed already.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
Ok, great info doodle. I don 't have a problem that I know of, but will check everything when I get home. I'd think you'd know if you had these, for sure! Also, my vac has a HEPA filter, so wouldn't that help when vacuuming. I know my hot water is hot enough. This article makes my skin crawl! :scared:
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
ah error "Flipping your mattresses will stop deter bed bugs." should say "Flipping your mattresses will not stop bed bugs."
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
Washing your linens in hot water will kill the bugs only if the hot water is over 97 to 99 degrees most washing machines get close to this temperature but most apartment laundry rooms don't have adequately heated hot water. Bed bugs actually nest both on your linens and the mattress near the head of the bed and on the under side of the mattress. They also nest and lay eggs around the edges of rooms, in electronic devices, wall sockets, telephones and near where pets bed down. They are drawn to warmth and carbon dioxide. If they cannot get to whatever is putting out carbon dioxide they will wait patiently in warm dark areas until something that puts out carbon dioxide arrives. Cracks and crevices on furniture where humans sit/lounge are all at risk of infestation. Look at the corners and underside of your sheets, edges of pillows, the under side of mattresses, the bed frame and always vacuum the edges and corners of carpeted rooms thoroughly to knock out any eggs or rogue bed bugs that are nesting there. Flipping your mattresses will stop deter bed bugs. It is extreme heat and extreme cold that will definitely kill them, or poisoning them or somehow desiccating them (which is what the stuff I bought did). Washing in hot water dislodges the bugs and any eggs they laid from sheets but doesn't necessarily kill the m unless the water is over a certain temperature.Bed bug eggs and dormant bugs can live for a year without feasting on people or other animals. The biggest and most important thing about treating and removing bed bugs is DO NOT SPOT TREAT FOR BED BUGS. Whatever action is taken must be done all at once and thoroughly. After initial treatment you generally reapply the treatment and watch and wait. If you cannot get some sort of pest control and clean and wash affected areas at the same time, then one needs to wait until everything can be started and done at the same time. You do not want your bedroom to be treated and still have items in your home that could be harboring bed bugs. The bugs can become resilient to treatments if it is not done properly. Most state health departments have clear guidelines and requirements for how home owners, renters and landlords must deal with bed bug infestations. In California, no tenant can refuse to allow treatment for bed bugs because it is a public health issue. The tenant must bend to the will of the landlord and pest control and public health to resolve the infestation.
telane telane 8 years
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
I always wash my sheets & towels with hot water. I was under the impression that was supposed to help. :?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 8 years
OMG ! Last year I was ranting all over PopSugar about having and fighting bed bugs. I always thought they were a myth. Then when they invade my apartment I thought I had done something wrong but I hadn't. The fact that I keep my home immaculate was what attracted them to my place. Easy paths to negoitate. My apartment manager had a Pest Control guy come out and spray but until he arrived I had bed bug paranoia which is the worst. Once you have them you get extremely paranoia about lying on the floor, sitting or lying on your bed and since I already hated all bugs anyway the idea of tiny little parasites sucking my blood and living off me and getting stronger freaked and still freaks me out. The conventional pest control- the chemical spray - did little to stop the bed bugs. I went online and researched and from a eco-friendly product that actually within 24 hours put and end to every single bed bug and killed all the eggs. It's called Results-Indoor Insect Killer and it's a dry powder and the stuff completely killed every single bed bug and any other bug that came in contact with it in less than 24 hours. But the Results Powder isn't harmful to humans (adults or children) or to pets, which was important with my two kitties.
brownsuga928 brownsuga928 8 years
That is gross. I remember my mom made us take our mattresses outside and lay them on our trampoline to kill the bugs using the sunlight!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
definetely itchy. i suffered from scabies last summer and my GP said I got them from sitting on the grass. And the only grass I set on was in Royal park in London (the ones that the Queen herself looks after), so that was very disturbing. I get tiny bites when I'm leaving the shower, I swear they feel just like scabies and have no idea how they could be doing that in 2min that takes for me to turn off the water wipe myself with a towel and moisturise. Towel are boiled all the time, so there's nothing there.
CBirck CBirck 8 years
Bed bugs are sick. I check every hotel room i go into for them. Although for matress protection they are not making full enclosure bags for them. I have one on my bed, I'm highly allergic to dust mites, but it also eleminates bed bugs from getting into your matress. You can buy them at any matress store and they are worth the $100 to know you are not sleeping with bugs. AND the bonus is that if you put it on you starve them of their food and they die...sick I know but worth it.
scarlett-ophelia scarlett-ophelia 8 years
i've always heard about these little guys in boston. there is a huge turnover every september of people (mostly students) moving in and out of apartments. it's pretty common for folks to discard couches, chairs, mattresses, rugs etc on the sidewalk for the taking. another poor student comes along, grabs the shabby chic couch on the sidewalk, and bam - bedbugs! when i first moved into my own apartment, my mother was constantly warning me about them. ick!
kia kia 8 years
I have been hearing this news for a couple of years and just heard an NPR story about it on Tues or Wed night where an expert on bed bugs talked to the reporter... the guy had some in a vial and took them out to feed on his hand. Then showed his leg where there were bites in various time series. Bed bugs give me the heebie jeebies and I find myself wanting to camp with my tent versus staying in hotels when I visit places. When I do stay in hotels (no matter how nice) I don't leave my suitcase open for this reason.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 8 years
Eww. Eww. Eww. Eww. Eww. Eww. Eww.
bengalspice bengalspice 8 years
I lived in an apt that had bed bugs in only one of the rooms ... and the girl who stayed in that room was retarded enough to lounge around on our living room furniture ... so we had to toss everything to keep the infestation from spreading. We got treated 3 times, and the exterminator only found stuff in her room. If only she had learned to clean when she was unemployed and to close her damn window. I am so glad to be out of that place.
desidesi desidesi 8 years
bedbugs are a HUGE problem in my neighborhood in brooklyn. luckily, my building hasn't had any yet. the problem with treating them is that you have to treat the whole building, and some tenants (for some damn reason) aren't compliant with the treatments. the best way to get rid of them from what i've heard, is to get rid of the wooden frame of your bed and get a metal frame, they live in the wood. also, if you're on a trip and scared your hotel has bedbugs, throw all of your laundry and bag in a dryer on high for 20 minutes to kill any potential bedbugs.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I always, always check my matresses and linens at hotels, no matter how nice the hotel is. I'm not saying the hotel isn't clean, but the person who stayed before me might have brought unwanted guests. Shudder.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Yeah, I found those in a mattress when I was a kid camping in a friend's parents RV. They had to throw out the mattress then I had to wash all of my clothes. It was gross!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I just heard about this on the radio the other day, and have been looking at my bed suspiciously ever since. These kinds of stories always freak me out!
Happsmjc Happsmjc 8 years
A friends son just brought these home from camp..ugh! Luckily, when he got home (without knowing he had them brought them yet) she took all of his bags/clothes in the basement to wash etc. Later in the week when he and other kids (who had been in his cabin) got sent home from school for bites/rash the school AND all of the doctors had NO CLUE what it was (some doctors said rash, some said chicken pox--not one said bed bugs). Finally--after almost a week, the camp called and said they found bed bugs in their cabin. Luckily, they have sterilized their home and haven't had anymore grosses me out!
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