Bedbugs!!!

@JenInTN (27568)
United States
December 31, 2010 5:58pm CST
Ok..so for the past month or two I have been seeing Bed bugs are being reported more and more. The way they look and where they are found. There have even been some bed bug extermination companies open up in the cities that surround me. The news said they have dogs that sniff them out! I am starting to freak out. The news has been tracking them. By state. I am thinking I wouldn't even want to stay in a hotel but the ones I saw on the news look like they are pretty big...how could you miss them I wonder...anyway...have you been seeing anything on the news about bedbugs? Have you seen one anywhere? Is it an epidemic? Do you remember the saying as a child..."sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite????" How long have these things been around anyway and you thought it was a cute saying!!At least I did!
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24 responses
• Canada
1 Jan 11
I know all too well how hard it is to get rid of them. I've been dealing for months with an infestation in my home. It doesn't matter what you do, they find a way to hide out on you and not be found. No they are not that big, I've never seen any really big ones, so they're not that hard to miss. I don't need my dog to sniff them out as I know exactly where they are. They do hide out in beds, it seems to be their favorite place to live. Despite all efforts so far to get rid of them, we haven't had any luck in permanently removing them. We have tried washing everything in hot water, using special powder to get rid of them, extreme heat and extreme cold, but nothing has been successful. We moved in September and removed the slats from our bed and replaced them with a new set. We had cleaned the mattress, even left it out on the hot roof for a couple of days wrapped in plastic. We vacuumed everything the best we could, and tried not to bring anything with us. However, about a month after moving, they started to resurface on us and I finally got rid of the rug from under the bed. I think that was the biggest issue, but here it is, almost 2 months later and we still have them. I have to treat it all again this weekend, as much of a time consuming effort this is, but hopefully it will work. I have read that it will take more than one try to get rid of them, and this will be our 4th attempt now to do so. We have a heated mattress pad, and that helps to keep them away from us for the most part, but still it's not enough to get rid of them for good. Anyways, the picture that was posted is true, shows exactly what they can do to you. It is very annoying to be bitten by these critters. You don't notice them biting you at the time that they do, but it's later on that you notice it. I hope that they don't get you, it's really annoying to deal with. Take care and happy new year.
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@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
1 Jan 11
I am so sorry to hear that you are fighting with this problem. I can not imagine how much you have went through trying to get rid of them. It sounds like a lot of work and then to suffer the disappointment of them resurfacing....oh friend I wish you the best. Do they have the exterminating comapnies where you are? Are you in a big city?
• Canada
1 Jan 11
I was quoted about $300 to do just the bedroom although they suggest doing the entire house. But being on an extremely tight budget, I simply can't afford the professionals. So I keep trying myself to get rid of them. It's cheaper in the long run.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
2 Jan 11
That's a lot of money. Check out response 17. They have provided a link that might help you out. I don't know but anything is worth a try.
@wdiong (1818)
• Singapore
1 Jan 11
I invested in this Rainbow vacumm cleaner which is reported to suck up bed bugs a few months ago. It cost me more than $3000 and I consider it a good investment as I feel much more at ease especially knowing that if I regularly vacumm my kids and my bed as well as pillows(at least once a month), we will not be sleeping with bed bugs every night.
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@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
1 Jan 11
Those are very expensive. There are the Rainbow and the Kirby brands. I have seen a couple of them demonstrated and they are amazing. I think that if someone had to fight an epidemic they would be a great asset to have. Thanks for the response.
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
1 Jan 11
Hi Jen! The are an epidemic here in NY! Thank God I have never seen one and hopefully never will! My gf lived in a building that was infested with them and she had to get rid of furniture, clothes, and her and her family were getting bitten everyday and night! It was a horror! It took over a year to get rid of them because the people in the building weren't cooperating! The are not easy to see unless they have "just fed" and are engorged with blood! I know it is really gross. They have been found in NYC Department stores, Hotels, and all over! I am afraid to even sit on a bus anymore for fear of having one "hitch a ride"! I would absolutely freak out. I am terrified of any "critters" but these are very hard to get rid of. They don't even always die when washed in boiling hot water! They are practically indestructible. (I have read way too many articles on the little beasts)! Happy New Year to you and your family! I've got 5 1/2 hours to go!
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@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
1 Jan 11
Holy cow! It is a horror. I did see on the news where the bigger cities where having problems with them. The thing is that they can "hitch" a ride. Like if your friend visited your home..she might could bring them in. Oh that's scary. I know someone in Ohio that said their friend stayed over and they got them. I thought they were really big but I guess they are much like a tick that swells up..gross...the news guy must have either zoomed in really close or they just eat Happy New Year Opal and I hope it's a good one for you.
• United States
1 Jan 11
Bed Bugs! - I come to eat all your skin!!!
I am not familiar at all with the critters, except for a little I have read. I understand it is like an epidemic and although you can be rid of them it takes quite a bit to do so. I heard you wrap any affected items in plastic and allow the heat kill them off. I do remember that phrase as a child but just thought it was cute. Never really related it to actual bugs. LOL.. maybe I have been too sheltered. Here is a picture of someone affected. Yikes kinda scary.
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@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
1 Jan 11
Oh my!! I can't imagine how one could just sleep through them eating you up like that!!!! That's horrible. I never thought of that saying being about real bugs either. Thanks for the response.
@celticeagle (101563)
• Boise, Idaho
1 Jan 11
I remember that saying as a child. I travelled with the carnival when I was about fifteen and my travel buddy and I stayed in this place called The Kickapoo Motel. It was a bunch of army barricks I think. The name says it all. One night we came home early morning after working hard and were beat. We had just rented this place and had lucked out on a good price for a room with a kitchenette. So we come in beat and turned the light switch on. Bed bugs scurried everywhere. I still remember it like it was yesterday. Needless to say we spent the night in the car! I haven't heard of any in my area. I would think this time of year it is too cold for them. When it heats up again we may be hearing from them.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
1 Jan 11
I would have peed my pants right there! Sounds like a scene in a scary movie or something...wow...that many.
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@celticeagle (101563)
• Boise, Idaho
2 Jan 11
Yes, that many! I was SOOOOO tired and just flipped the light on when I went in and you could hear the scurrying and see them go around this pole that was sort of in the middle of the room. It was horrible!! I will never forget it as long as I live. I noticed there weren't too many people staying there and just thought it was the location. Ya right!
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
7 Jan 11
I hope that Kickapoo is condemned. That's horrible!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36493)
• United States
1 Jan 11
HAPPY NEW YEAR, JEN. I have been hearing alot about bed bugs on the news. Seems as if there is an epidemic of them. YUCK. I have not seen any in my house, thank heavens. I don't want any 'varmints' in my house but me & the dog, lol.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
1 Jan 11
I'm with you Jo...no varmints allowed! Speaking of varmints...how is that anniefannie Happy New Year to you and yours and that anniefannie too.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36493)
• United States
1 Jan 11
LOL, I LOVE IT. ANN is doing o.k. like me she doesn't get out much.She didn't feel like meeting me the last time i went to ky. so it's been awhile since i have seen her but we e-mail most every day. Hopeshe sees your response about her.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
2 Jan 11
Hehe..I hope she does too and gets her tail back on here.
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@RawBill1 (8543)
• Gold Coast, Australia
15 Jan 11
Yes, Bed Bugs have always been around which is where the saying comes from. I am pretty sure that they are still common in third world countries and other places where hygiene may not be so good. I think that is why they were common many years ago. I am surprised that they are becoming common again in your part of the world. I wonder why?
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
15 Jan 11
Heyya Bill! I have actually done a bit of research and it seems that illegal immigration may be part of the cause. There has been a lot of buzz about it on the news here and there are extermination services opening up too. It was very surprising to me too. A responder actually mentioned the outlaw of a certain chemical in our country that kept them at bay. I am thinking it may be more than a hygiene issue now. Thanks for the response. How was your trip?
@RawBill1 (8543)
• Gold Coast, Australia
16 Jan 11
Hi Jen, ahh, coming in under the fence from Mexico are they? My trip was great thanks. We had a great time and the weather was pretty good while we were away mostly. Unlike back at home where there has been massive flooding. Luckily we just made it home before the highway was cut and towns that we passed through evacuated. The river here is very swollen, but our city has escaped unharmed. Unlike Brisbane 45 minute drive north of me, which has been underwater all week! We saw some great places while we were away. We got to play in the summer snow one day near the top of Australia's highest mountain and the next day we got to see hundreds of kangaroos and a few emus in the wild. We swam in cool mountain streams, lakes and thermal pools and visited caves, waterfalls and breathtaking rock formations. We also got to catch up with a few friends along the way as well. I hope the Christmas/New Year period was fantastic for you and your family.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
16 Jan 11
Yes they are..lol. So nice to hear that your trip was so amazing. I saw on the news about the floods and right way thought of you. I knew you were taking a trip but at the same time..well...I wasn't sure..I remember a previous discussion about flooding. Anyway..I am glad you weren't a victem.. Take care.
1 Jan 11
i love the saying of sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bite. Well i am glad that i have slept well and the bedbugs never have bitten me, well not yet anyway, lol. There has not been anything in the news that i know of. I often make sure that i keep a very clean house and when stopping out of home i often choose places that i know are kept well clean, but bedbugs can and will get in at any time, even in some big hotels. I am sure that there are many bed bugs in peoples homes where some people don't change there bedding that often. I like to change mine often and i brush down my mattress and turn it over often also. Better to be safe than sorry really isn't it?
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
1 Jan 11
It is better to be safe than sorry. Did you get to read the above response that described how hard they were to get rid of? Oh my...they sound like a nightmare. On the news here they say that they can ride on things to get to other places...oh goodness..I am freaking out about these things..lol. My grandparents used to say that saying to me every night before going to bed. I thought it was a cute saying but never imagined there were real bed bugs. I guess every saying comes from somewhere...thanks for the input.
1 Jan 11
They do sound like a nightmare to get rid of. I would guess that something would have to happen for a saying to be made. This turned out to be an appropriate saying as it is true. We wouldn't really think about it but when we have people that actually can show us what it is like and how they can move from one place to another it seems quite scary really. Don't forget to check your bed tonight, lol. xx
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
2 Jan 11
• United States
1 Jan 11
Jen- I saw an extermination show not long ago and these little critters are very difficult to get rid of. They use beagles because of the keen sense of smell to nose out bedbugs, which I thought I wish our beagle hadn't gone away! I have heard that these little things are on the rise and it is a tad bit disturbing. It means that whatever eats them is on the decline, and seeing our bug world on the decline such as bees and butterflies means that the human population will soon feel the bite. I think we need to start to take a real concern and start paying attention to the signs. Namaste-Anora
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
1 Jan 11
They looked like they were huge on the news report. When I first started hearing about them I thought they were little bitty things like mites or something. Wonder what eats them?
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• United States
1 Jan 11
According to bedbugger.com the common house centipede, masked assassin (masked hunter), and the fire ant all eat bed bugs. However, these each have their own sting that could cause problems so it is not recommended you go finding them on your own.
@carolscash (9504)
• United States
11 Jan 11
It does seem as though there is an epidemic of these bugs recently. I know many schools here are having problems with them as well as the hotels. I hope that we never get them. I woke one morning with a rash on my arm and my husband has teased me about bedbugs for awhile now, but I have researched it and do not believe that it is a bedbug issue.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
11 Jan 11
Tell him to stop teasing you..lol..it's scary. I haven't heard anything about the schools here yet..but there is alot of ruckus about the hotels in the area being checked. Thanks for responding.
@deebomb (15348)
• United States
6 Jan 11
I do remember the saying "sleep tight and don't let the bedbugs bight" The facts that I have sen on the new scare me about even buying new clothes as they seem to be every where. My grandmother used to talk about fighting them during the great depression of the 30s. They had metal bedsteads then. She would put the legs in cans containing kerosene to keep the bugs of the beds. She did this because they moved a lot trying to better themselves and every time they found a new place to live it was infested with bed bugs.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
7 Jan 11
Wow..the experiences that we here from our grandparents can be priceless. The things that they have went through can be hard to imagine. I have also developed a bit of hesitation about clothes and such. Visitors can also be a danger. What do you do? You have to live. I am really tripping out about the whole issue. Thanks for the response.
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@bounce58 (17555)
• Canada
3 Jan 11
I saw when the news about bedbugs came about. There was a lot of hype about it, and where they were being found, but I did not freak. If there is one thing that I make sure I buy new before using, it would be mattresses. And it's not because of the saying. I just find it weird to sleep on a bed knowing that someone slept on it for the longest time. And he might have let bedbugs grow on it.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
4 Jan 11
That's one thing I have always bought new too. I have watched a pretty intense show about used mattresses on Discovery or one of those channels a long time ago but it didn't have anything on it about bed bugs. I guess the fact that people can just carry them unknowingly from place to place is what freaks me out..lol..not to mention them being on the news here alot. Thanks for responding.
@gabs8513 (48805)
• United Kingdom
3 Jan 11
I have not seen anything as such here on the News but apparently to avoid them you are to air your Bed before an hour before you make it, vacuum the Mattress every other Day to Bedbugs are very common and you can not see them because from what I understand they live in the Mattress They have been around for year and years it is only now they are starting to make fuss over them, just another thing to scare People with I guess
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
4 Jan 11
I had no idea they were so common. I guess if I pictured something..it was the invisible dust mite type things..not so much a real bug...thus the need the reason to keep the bed vacuumed. Thanks for the input..that scaring people thing is really working with me on this one..lol.
@bunnybon7 (29085)
• Holiday, Florida
2 Jan 11
those on the news are magnitized i think. when i was about 12 yrs, we moved into a furnished apartment in michigan. first night, i itched and itched. 2am i couldnt take it any more and got up and sat in the kitchen, till my mom got up around 7am. she screamed. it seems i had welks all over my body where they had bitten me. my step dad said, its bedbugs. he looked in the mattress seems and tiny little black things were there. we had to take mattresses and beds outside and burn around them, plus wash them in some solution and dried in the sun. it was terrible. it seems my parents didnt get bit even though they were in their bed also. i can lay down in a bed for 10minutes and know if it has bedbugs. i stayed at a friends once a couple yrs later. same thing happened.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
2 Jan 11
Wow...sounds like they are very aggressive too. I hope that it is magnitized. I would hate to run into them. I hear they are very hard to get rid of. Thanks for responding.
@teamrose (1499)
• United States
1 Jan 11
Like you, I grew up saying sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite. It was just a funny saying. In fact, I still have never seen a bed bug to my knowledge. I sure hope the news is just blowing up the facts and making it worse.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
2 Jan 11
Me too teamrose! It's been on there almost every night. Starting to make me a bit nervous actually. It's always just been a cute saying for me too. I grew up hearing it. I hope I never run into those little devils. Thanks for the input.
@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
1 Jan 11
I have seen on the news them announcing that there are a tremendous amount of bedbugs recently all over the country...including our fine state! It grosses me out as well as you Jen. I don't even want to stay at hotels either, unless I definitely check out the mattress and how it is protected as well. I know last year we stayed up in Knoxville for an evening, and several hotels were all getting new mattresses just as a precautionary method, which makes me wonder, did them have them and were informed they HAD to get rid of them, or was it really only a precaution? We have always used mattress covers that full cover the entire box spring and also one on the top mattress. My mother always said it is best to cover the mattresses to protect them...I am so glad she always "enforced" that we protect our mattresses, at least I don't have to worry about bedbugs at my house.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
2 Jan 11
That is awesome that your mom enforced that. Gives you a head up on the issue. I don't know if it's precautionary either but it scares the fire out of me. I had not thought about how easy it would actually be to get those dudes. You could get them from anywhere.
• Philippines
1 Jan 11
Bedbugs are really frustrating. I know a simple way to get rid of bedbugs. It was once our experiment in our school. It is a homemade insecticide. You need tomato leaves and water. Ground the leaves and mix it with water. For a brief procedure, use this site: www.essortment.com/all/homemadeinsecti_rvxg.htm
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
2 Jan 11
Wow...that is very interesting info. I hope that the responders that have been battling them get your link. Maybe it can help them. Thanks!
@savypat (20248)
• United States
1 Jan 11
Bedbugs have been around a long time, and I am very lucky not to have come across them before. I have taken to washing anything that I bring home from the store before it comes in contact with my home. Like you I have received more information then wanted about these creatures, but forwarned is forarmed. Happy New Year
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
2 Jan 11
I would definitely rather be warned..it makes me wonder just how rampant this issue really is to be on the news so much.I hope I never have to face them either. It is a good idea to check and prewash things. I hadn't thought about how easy it would be...trying on clothes...buying a new mattress that has been laid on...oh my..it has terrible possibilities. Thanks for responding and I hope you have a great New Year too.
@ElicBxn (59654)
• United States
1 Jan 11
Bedbugs have been around for a long time, but DDT got them suppressed for years, but now that DDT is out, the bedbugs are making a come back. Probably reintroduced from someplace that hadn't gotten rid of them, they are being carried to people's homes from hotels. Bedbugs aren't really very big, and they don't like light, so they hid out in your mattress during the day.
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
1 Jan 11
That's interesting. I never knew they were an issue. I must have been raised during the days of the DDT. They looked big on the news and I thought how in the world could you not see them but they might have zoomed in so we could really see them...gosh...they are scary.
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@krajibg (11942)
• Guwahati, India
1 Jan 11
Hi jen, Do not worry, bed bugs wont make it an epidemic. They are small creatures that suck blood from your body and are usually found in warm and cozy place like under your bed mattress and common sitting places. When they bite or suck your blood they leave a darkish or reddish mark there. Cleanliness is the only way too get rid of this bug. Not telling you are not keeping things clean
@JenInTN (27568)
• United States
1 Jan 11
After hearing about these devils....everything is extra clean and checkedI am even going to be checking the hotels if I stay at one...yhey'll think I'm a clean freak when I come to visit..hehe.