The old forum came down in the spring and we’ve now moved to Google Groups. We think spam messages will be greatly reduced and moderation will be be much easier. Just register for the group, pick a nick-name and post your bed bug story. It’s that simple and dare I say it, cathartic. Who better to vent to than others who have shared your ordeal, right?
This week has been something. Doing a big make-over on the website, and dealing with two friends who have bed bugs in their home or building. That’s the rub on multi-family housing. It’s always possible you’ll get the most brilliant treatment in the world, but no one around you will.
I’m just saying it’s possible. People react so differently to having bed bugs. Some people just deal with treatment and don’t go completely bat-sh*t crazy. But A LOT of people, due to a combination of sleep deprivation, stress, itching, being grossed out, etc., do get a little nutty during their infestations, and sometimes for a while after.
And that’s the reality; that you can have bed bugs and they might never be gone if other residents have them and you don’t all get treated together. Your problem might actually be a recurring one, with the only solution being to move. But is that a real solution?
With bed bug infestations continuing to increase and spread, for the next several years, may mean, there is no where to move to. No one, not in any income bracket, in any zip code, can know they will never encounter or be the victim of a bed bug infestation.
In New York, the odds are frighteningly high a renter might move into a building where one or more tenants may have bed bugs. Not everyone tells, in fact many people try to keep it a secret. Imagine the horror of discovering bed bugs in your newly rented apartment. Unfortunately, this is happening. You can read the stories.
I am glad to hear that both of the housing agencies involved have been responsive and applying good bed bug practices in helping these people to get relief.
Two weeks ago, I got a call from a good friend who while on vacation in Arizona, called to tell me he had discovered bed bugs in his hotel room. He wanted to know how he could get back in his car without bringing any bed bugs from the hotel into the car. (I’ll post my suggestions for treatment when on the road soon)
Then last week, a tear-jerking email from a friend who reports he is sleeping in his bathtub while waiting for treatment from his landlord.
Traffic to the web site has tripled this month, which tells us this bed bug invasion is growing fast. Educate yourself, be able to identify bed bugs, and take care.
Good article with some bite treatment remedies. They can itch, and last for weeks, coming and going. Bed bug bites can make you crazy because you may think the bite is gone, and then it will resurface, often after a hot shower or bath. This makes it difficult to track new bites. Some people use antihistimines to deal with the itching but always consult a physician before using exotic remedies. You don’t want to cause yourself more suffering than bed bugs do.