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The United States is currently experiencing a nightmarish epidemic of disgusting blood sucking parasites, and no, I am not talking about our politicians.  There is a full blown bed bug epidemic happening all across America and it just seems to get worse with each passing year. For cities such as New York and Philadelphia which are at the epicenter of the outbreak, bed bugs have become an important political issue.  Once bed bugs become entrenched in an area, virtually everyone is thinking about them.  Bed bugs will not kill you, but they can drive you insane.  Anyone that has ever had big, red welts all over their bodies from bed bug bites knows how terribly frustrating bed bugs can be.  They can be incredibly difficult to get rid of.  So why am I talking about bed bugs when there are hundreds of other important economic issues to talk about right now?  Well, this is just another example of how our country seems to be cursed.  Even the simplest things seem to become major problems for us these days. The reality is that there were almost no bed bugs inside the U.S. between the end of World War II and the 1990s.  But today the number of bed bugs is absolutely exploding.  I remember when I was young my mother would tell me to "sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite", but I didn't even know what bed bugs were because I had never seen any.  But today, CBS News says that more than 250 million dollars a year (and rising) is spent fighting bed bugs.

Things have gotten so bad that a "National Bed Bug Summit" was held earlier this year in Washington D.C.

Will we soon have a "war on bed bugs"?

I can just see it now: "You are either with us or you are with the bed bugs".

So exactly what are bed bugs?

Well, basically bed bugs are small, brown, flat insects that love to suck the blood of animals and humans.  They are commonly found in hospitals, businesses, homes, sofas, mattresses, buses, subways, trains, airplanes, classrooms, retail stores, movie theaters and especially in hotels.

As mentioned above, you will not die from bed bug bites.  But many people have been driven absolutely crazy from constant bed bug bites for weeks or months on end.

One of the worst things about a bed bug infestation is all of the itching that bed bug bites cause.  It can get to a point where it can be absolutely debilitating.

Some people become so traumatized by the fear of having bed bugs crawl all over them and bite them all night that they actually become afraid to go to sleep.  A really bad bed bug infestation can cause panic attacks and even depression.

Right now there are large numbers of New Yorkers that are absolutely obsessed with bed bugs.  The bed bug infestation in the city just seems to get worse and worse.  The following is a quote from a local NBC news station in New York....

New statistics from the city's Department of Housing, Preservation and Development reveal an epidemic: Manhattanites have been complaining about bed bugs at six times the rate they did in 2005. On Staten Island, the number of complaints has soared 32 times higher than it was five years ago.

Just because you have bed bugs does not mean that you are dirty or unsanitary.  The truth is that some of the finest hotels in the country have bed bugs.

According to The New York Post, bed bugs have even infested the Metropolitan Opera House, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the Empire State Building and the United Nations.

I once experienced a problem with bed bugs myself.  Back when I was much younger and barely scraping by financially, I figured I would save a few bucks by buying a used mattress.

That was a huge mistake.

For weeks I would wake up with huge red bites all over my legs.

Never, ever again will I buy a used mattress.

Once bed bugs arrive in your home, they can be almost impossible to get rid of without professional help.

Throwing out one piece of furniture or covering your mattress in plastic might help a little bit but it will not solve the problem.

Some adult bed bugs can live for up to 12 months without feeding at all.

Just when you think they are gone they can come out and start feasting again.

Also, bed bugs are great at multiplying.  Female bed bugs can lay up to 5 eggs in a single day and can lay up to 500 eggs during a lifetime.

Perhaps your area of the country does not have a problem with bed bugs yet, but this epidemic is spreading.  Just check out the CBS News video report posted below....

Perhaps you saw in the news recently that some scientists have found that bed bugs are now carrying a "superbug" known as MRSA.

Scientists in Vancouver, Canada say that for the first time ever they have found bed bugs that have methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.  The following is a quote from a recent CTV article about this discovery....

Researchers discovered that a sample of the blood-sucking insects taken from three patients who live in Vancouver's gritty Downtown Eastside were carrying two types of drug-resistant bacteria.

Co-investigator Dr. Marc Romney, a medical microbiologist at nearby St. Paul's Hospital, said five bedbugs plucked from the patients or their belongings were carrying MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci). Dubbed superbugs, the bacteria are resistant to many standard antibiotics.

The good news is that these scientists do not have any evidence that bed bugs are spreading MRSA to humans.

Bed bugs are able to be infected by at least 28 different human pathogens, but at least to this point they are not very effective at spreading them.

Let us hope that does not change.

It turns out that MRSA has also been found in our supermarket meat.

For the first time in the United States, scientists have found antibiotic-resistant MRSA in supermarket meat.

According to Business Insider, "scientists at Wayne State University tested 289 raw meat samples from 30 Detroit grocery stores. Six of the samples were infected with the potentially deadly bacteria, including three chicken, two beef and one turkey."

Yuck!

MRSA is not something you want to mess around with.

This is yet another example of how unsafe our food is becoming.

We like to think of ourselves as so advanced, but we can't even protect ourselves from annoying little bed bugs and we can't even keep very serious pathogens out of our food supply.

If you stop and think about all of the gross things in our society it can really stress you out.  For example, the next time you use a soda fountain at a fast food restaurant there is a good chance that you may encounter fecal contamination.  Just check out the following quote from Organic Health....

According to a study published in the January issue of the International Journal of Food Microbiology, nearly half of the 90 beverages from soda fountain machines in one area in Virginia tested positive for coliform bacteria - which could indicate possible fecal contamination.

But getting back to bed bugs, for those dealing with an infestation the number one thing they want to know is what to do about it.

Well, there was one very effective chemical known as "Propoxur", but it has been banned by the EPA.  It turns out that Propoxur “is a known human carcinogen” and is very dangerous to children.

Some are urging the EPA to reconsider this ban, but so far the EPA has been standing firm.

Meanwhile, the bed bugs continue to multiply and terrorize more Americans.

On one bed bug forum, one woman identified as "avenae" shared a particularly brutal bed bug horror story....

It all started in April, woke up one morning with a red welt on my leg. Never really thought much of it. Then it kept happening, so I thought I had fleas, treated my animals, checked the house for them. Never saw a single flea. Also no one else in my home was being affected. Then I thought maybe I was having an allergic reaction to a new soap I had bought so I stopped using that and nothing changed. Kept realizing I was waking up in the middle of the night scratching my body parts almost raw. The itch was so intense it felt like a million fire ants biting me all over. So I start researching, read up on bed bugs and searched my entire home....nothing. But I seem to be having a sever reaction to the bites.

Mind you I hadn't traveled, had any visitors, nothing that would have brought these nasty little creatures into my home.

Ever night I wake up, every morning new red welts all over me. One night I thought I'd wear long pants and sock and a long sleeve shirt, only to wake up with bites all over my neck and face! STILL could not find a single bug. It got to the point were I was crying myself to sleep at night and taking sleeping pills just to be able to sleep. Didn't want to start sleeping on the couch out of fear of them following me out.

Do you have a similar bed bug horror story?

If so, we would love to hear about it.  Please feel free to share your thoughts about bed bugs below....

***UPDATE***

A reader named Emily left the following comment that I think we all should consider the next time we travel....

"I use to work as a Hotel Manager. Trust me when I say, all hotels are infested with bed bugs. It was terrible fighting with the corp. owners of the property; they only weighed your safety against profits and profits always won! We did try to kill the bugs, but nothing really is effective so we rented out infective rooms and if guest complained, we would offer them a discount on the room. It finally got to the point I could not look people in the face so I left. It goes with out saying; I would never stay in a hotel room, period! What can you do if you must travel, I don’t know! It is a fact of life that we must expose our selves to many nasty parasites in the environment and most of the time we survive, but nature is coming up with much more deadly threats all the time and it is no longer an option to be exposed. We need to wake up to these threats."

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  • Kellz

    just another story to tell you…

    We live in a third world country with a bloated military budget

  • The Unicorn

    Oddly I’m not affected by bed bug bites at all.That also goes for most stinging, biting insects and Poison Ivy also.I did stay at a shelter that was infested with them and they are almost impossible to get rid of once infested.They can lay their eggs between the tiniest of cracks.If you come in contact with them.The only sure way to avoid infesting someplace else is to bag up everything you have and wash or steam clean it completely.

  • VyseLegendaire

    How typical. The one drug effective at killing them has been banned. Gotta love the government’s fail.

  • Davey Jones

    “Well, this is just another example of how our country seems to be cursed.”

    That is exactly what it is. The great whore nears it’s day of destruction. Doom=not able to be rebuilt, finished.

    Weep for the little children of America, for their future is the stuff of nightmares.

  • edsl48

    Bedbugs were quite common in Ww1 and WW2 days. They were easily eradicated with DDT. Thanks to the liberal tree huggers DDT is no longer availiable to be used. Got bedbugs? Thank a liberal.

  • James

    Oh, the joys of Diversity…

  • Faux Gary

    Tax the damn bed bugs and redistribute the wealth! Problem solved!

  • justin

    http://bedbugregistry.com is a good resource.

  • Oz Boy with Attitude

    yes bad government banning the use of DDT and other children killing chemicals. I mean after all whats more important the safety of future generations or you not having to deal insect bites which humanity has had to put up with since we first crawled out of the mud.

  • Paul

    Ask the Pentagon to build another aircraft carrier against bed bugs.

    We wash our bedsheets once a week at 90C, regardless what anyone says about saving energy. Instead of fabric softener I use vinegar.
    The same goes for underwear and socks. But need plain 100% cotton socks for that.

    The mattresses are new and are replaced regularly.

    We have no problem with any bugs.

    If you find a gekko in your house – keep it. He will search for any bug to eat, including cockroach eggs, ants and mosquitos and move on when he doesn’t find anything anymore.

  • DM

    A low tech solution is heating the bugs in temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for several hours. No pesticides. We have a real problem with the bugs in the Nevada desert. We place items in black bags and heat them in the sun which kills all of the bugs. We also noticed that none of the exterminating companies would guarantee their work in killing the bugs.

  • Mama G

    Not to make light of this issue but couldn’t one use essential oils to erradicate the bugs/eggs? I know ecupliptis, peppermint and tea tree oil are strong oils. One could look up on how to use it to prevent/end a outbreak. Just a tip for others.

  • Mama G

    I can spell eucalyptus sometimes but apparently not all the time ;) Hey, it is 5 in the morning where I am at.

  • Emily

    I use to work as a Hotel Manager. Trust me when I say, all hotels are infested with bed bugs. It was terrible fighting with the corp. owners of the property; they only weighed your safety against profits and profits always won! We did try to kill the bugs, but nothing really is effective so we rented out infective rooms and if guest complained, we would offer them a discount on the room. It finally got to the point I could not look people in the face so I left. It goes with out saying; I would never stay in a hotel room, period! What can you do if you must travel, I don’t know! It is a fact of life that we must expose our selves to many nasty parasites in the environment and most of the time we survive, but nature is coming up with much more deadly threats all the time and it is no longer an option to be exposed. We need to wake up to these threats.

  • http://ma-sblog.blogspot.com/ Ma

    How awful:(

  • Jane

    Maybe they are Chinese bedbugs. Coming to you in the form of needless, worthless, toxic crap…..

  • karen

    An old fashion remedy for bed bugs is to take your mattress and put them out in the sun, the heat of the sun will kill them, they like to live in the rolled edges around the outside of the mattress.

  • laura m.

    Eds48 and davy jones: you’re both right. This country is cursed also with bad weather, crop failures, and I’m assuming all other countries have this bug problem as people travel all over. I quit voting in the early 80′s, because then I knew this country was trashed with no future, run by corporate fascists, with zero hope for prosperity for younger working people. No amount of work by patriots has produced any results even with the internet and all the info out there to inform the ignorant masses. Our guv’ment is totally disfunctional at this point.

  • Jack Payne

    Everybody start chanting: DDT,DDT,DDT,DDT

  • Gary2

    Many insect diseases such as malaria were controlled by DDT and since it being banned I wonder how many people have died as a result of the now increased insect diseases?

    As a liberal I say spray the hell out of them with what ever chemical works.

    I also say we need to tax the rich hard and spread the wealth.

  • Justin

    It is amazing about bedbugs because at first the reports were that they were harmless annoying biting insects. New scientific reports released states they carry the deadly MRSA and VRE Strains.
    Makes you wonder if this is one example of bio-warfare?

  • El Pollo de Oro

    The bedbug epidemic is only going to get worse in The Banana Republic of America (formerly the USA). Fighting bedbugs is not only extremely difficult; it is expensive (exterminators can cost thousands of dollars). If well-to-do people on Manhattan’s Upper East Side have a hard time getting rid of bedbug infestations in their pricy condos (and these are folks who can afford the best exterminators), imagine how difficult it is for people who are struggling financially—and these days, millions of Americans are struggling financially. Spending thousands of dollars for an exterminator isn’t an option for a lot of formerly middle class Americans who have become the neo-poor.

    Bedbugs are here to stay in The Banana Republic of America.

  • bill

    Has anybody noted the connection between Americans being totally obsessed with anything blood-sucking?

    Zombies are the rage and movies about vampires are more popular than ever.

    I had body lice for a year, caught from a South American hostel, but when I moved to a city at 9000 foot elevation–Quito, Ecuador–the infestation died off totally. Prior to doing that, experts told me that only poison would be effective. Well altitude is also effective, lemme tell ya…

    Bed bugs and Americans deserve each other. It may be a group, psyhcotic delusion similar to being kidnapped by a flying saucer.

    Tatoos and neck bites, can you really tell the difference?

  • Spud

    You can set up a harmless dry-ice trap to kill the suckers….Google {bedbugs-rutgers-trap}

  • Maria

    We live on a farm. We don’t have bedbugs, but we have been noticing an increase in the bug populations for the past two years. Tick, flea and mosquito born diseases are on the rise too. We used to raise rabbits, but a mosquito born disease (passed from wild rabbits)wiped them all out two years ago. The vet said it happened to several farmers in our area. Odd thing is all the wild rabbits in our area died off two years ago as well. They were supposed to be immune. Also fleas, mites, worms and ticks are more difficult to control on our farm animals these past couple of years. Have had a tough time controlling the dog fleas as well.

  • mondobeyondo

    Bed bugs are like politicians.

    They promise you the world.
    Then they suck your blood.
    And you can’t get rid of them no matter what you do.

  • mondobeyondo

    Ewwwww…

    But you gotta admit, that bed bug in the photo is kind of cute – in an E.T. sort of way. Um, maybe not.

    Bart Simpson just might get his wish when he says “Bite me!”

  • kp

    Uncomfortable truth . . . Zyclon B works on these things.

    Earlier poster mentioned DDT. That would work too, but thanks to Rachel Carson we can’t use it. DDT is also the most effective pesticide against malaria carrying mosquitos in Africa. Rachel Carson killed more people than Stalin. And THAT’S saying something!

  • trusting freind

    I heard the French people have very poor hygiene, Body lice or body crabs the French call them “love butterflies”. Go figure.
    I am sure the french and other stinky, dirty Europeans have a name for bed bugs such as bed buddies or something cute.
    Americans may be poor now and suffering financially but at least we keep ourselves clean and do not smell at the armpits and crotch!
    HA!

  • Plasticisgood

    It makes you wonder if the illegal immigration problem especially Mexicans crossing boarders are contributing to the bedbug infestation?
    In the old days when people came by boat to the Europe and America they were sprayed and deloused.
    Today’s illegals especially the illegal Mexicans and Latins bring filthy bugs with them.

  • William

    “blood sucking parasites”……..I thought these were the criminals of Wall St and the Federal Reserve who have drained America dry.

  • Pollo

    I am mexican & i did not bring the bugs, I caught from your mom!!

  • Mr Carpenter

    Clothing coming from Asia (specifically China) is something which may be carrying the bugs, it is widely thought.

    In fact, recently a friend sent me an email stating that I should NOT ever wear ANY new clothing until it is washed at least once, since the clothing may have ‘interesting guest larvea’ (or the bugs themselves) in them.

    It’s very interesting that MRSA is ‘in’ bedbugs, and that the investation is said to be coming from an economic competitor to the U.S., is it not?

    Surely just a coincidence, no doubt about it…

  • mondobeyondo

    Oh yes! Bring back DDT!

    It was very effective in killing bedbugs. Unfortunately, it also kills butterflies and bald eagles. That’s why it is banned.

  • J. Robert

    Don’t worry! All we have to do is all chant together “Yes we can” (or “Yes, we have no bananas”) and everything will be magically fixed.

    OBAMA WHITE HOUSE: A DIV. OF GOLDMAN SACHS

  • Jack Payne

    For those of you who are still having a hard time letting go of the 1970′s DDT propaganda:

    http://www.hudson.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=publication_details&id=7323&pubType=EnvIssues

  • http://www.pathtoasia.com rhea

    Infestation is rarely due to lack a lack of hygiene. Remember to spray some pesticides…

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  • logrithmic

    On a trip to NYC in 2004 I stayed in a Days Inn at Times Square. I had no idea what bed bugs were but actually found some dead ones on the nightstand. A few days later, I was back home in Lawrence, KS, and I noticed red welts on my lower legs. I could not figure out what they were, but after showing them to friends, one suggested they were bug bites. I quickly did some research on welts and bug bites and it brought me to the realization that these bites were from bed bugs. There was all the usual commentary about how quickly they spread and the need to kill them by exposing them to heat. One website published by a public health system in England claimed that the bugs could not withstand exposure to temperatures below 50 degrees. The required time of the exposure was six weeks. Knowing it was January and I was leaving the country and would not be home for three weeks, I did the following: First I took all my bedroom clothing and put it in the dryer… including clean clothes in the dresser. Then I broke down all the furniture in the bedroom and moved everything to the outside screened in porch. Pillows, bed frame, mattress, everything. Then I bought some type of hazardous spray at the drug store and I sprayed every nook in my bedroom. I also sprayed all my luggage which was also placed on the porch. And all the furniture on the porch got sprayed. Then I turned the heat in the house down to 45 degrees. Then I left the country. When I returned, I stayed with friends or slept downstairs until the six week requirement was met. Then, with fingers crossed, I put everything back in its place. No bed bugs. The key I surmised was acting quickly and exposing the eggs to cold. Good luck to.everyone. I’ve been sleeping on the previously infested mattress and bed for 7 years without problem.

  • Jim Jones

    Don’t spray DDT on bald eagles and they will be O.K. (not that I believe the claim that they were harmed one teeny-weeny little bit by DDT anyway). We aren’t having problems with butterflies in hotel rooms either.

    I wonder how effective DDT is on liberal parasites? Just the mention of the millions of world-wide malaria deaths the liberal-hippie-bedwetters directly caused by banning it sure makes them scream and cry a lot. Feeling guilty much?

    DDT was directly, intentionally ingested by humans (a vastly higher dose than anyone would get with normal use), with no measurable health effects. Even many decades later, the people that intentionally, directly ingested it, never suffered from anything that could be remotely connected to DDT.

  • Freedom Lover

    Bring back DDT and use it correctly. I love the Eco Nazi nutcases spreading there fear mongering BS The Eco Nazi have killed more people world wide then Stalin Hello. DDT works great but after it does it job you stop using it. Too much of anything in the environment is bad. But the useless anti middle class Americans Eco Nazi are turning us into 3rd world America. Can’t drill for oil here in America why Eco Nazis, Can’t log in the National Forest and create jobs why Eco Nazi’s Can’t farm in Ca cause of Eco Nazi worrying about some useless Minnow, Can’t farm in Oregon cause of trash fish a sucker no less why cause of Eco Nazi the list goes on and on and on. Anyone who supports any of the evil useless anti American Eco Nazi is a traitor period. They are nothing but greedy scum that has ruin America. Don’t believe me do a search on how much money these greedy scum bag lawyers collecting suing over fake endangered species. BILLIONS it is all scam and they laugh all the way to the bank as they put more Americans out of work.

  • Otown Right Guy

    I am more concerned about the other parasites: politicians, government workers, and the banksters at Goldman Sachs. But by all means bring back DDT.

  • http://survivalrealestate.com T.J. Jackson

    Despite the attempt at ridicule, “Plasticisgood” has a valid point. Studies have shown that the illegals coming into the US are carrying many diseases and we are seeing an increase in TB, leprosy, polio, diptheria, small pox and many other “third world” diseases. Living here in the Southwest it is no laughing matter. We are inundated with illegals coming from the south and the criminal governmental agencies are allowing this invasion in the pursuit of votes. I cannot put into words my disgust with this situation. Our ex-governor, Napolitano is one of the worst. I am embarassed to have her carpet baggering name associated with our wonderful state. Power to the people!

  • El Pollo de Oro

    “DDT did a job on me
    Now I am a real sickie
    Guess I’ll have to break the news
    That I got no mind to lose
    All the girls are in love with me
    I’m a teenage lobotomy”

    The Ramones “Teenage Lobotomy”

  • Rick Rick

    You need to take a ”Black Light” to hotels

  • David

    Seriously, I cannot believe this is not common knowledge at this point: Diatomaceous earth. Its a powder available at some pool stores and online (and maybe in a place like Home Depot). It’s a harmless, non-toxic powder which you spread all over your house and furniture (especially in corners and in between crevices in sofas, mattresses, etc.). The tiny particles are harmless to pets and humans, but they actually completely eradicate all tiny vermin such as fleas and bedbugs. My good friend had a horrible flea infestation, tried the chemical bombs in his house and they wouldnt go away. He moves all his furniture around and spreads DE all over it and the floor, lets it sit for a couple hours, vacuums, reapplies DE, waits and vacuums again a few hours later, and poof- I never saw another flea in that house again (ok I did see one on his dog, but he must have brought it in from outside. Point is, the infestation was eradicated).

    When you apply this stuff, it is a lot like flour. It will get everywhere but cleans up very nicely. Any bug that touches it is dead on contact. Cover all entrances and air ducts, corners, furniture, window sills, every surface you think could harbor a tiny critter, and you will not have any more problems. This is an old “farmers trick” I learned and I have never heard of it failing. Good luck to all those new yorkers! Spread the word! Google this!

  • David

    @freedomlover- We dont cut down trees in national forests because they LITERALLY PROVIDE EVERY THING THAT WE COULD EVER NEED. The environment they provide harbors mushrooms, for example, which carry powerful life saving antibiotics. Im not sure what you mean by “no farming in california.” Last time I checked out california, there was one of the largest back-to-nature style farming movements being carried out on this planet.

    Oil is fucking useless no matter how you cut it. Every bit of its production is destructive, and no matter what anyone says, all of its end products are literal poison. Poison to water, animals and of course, human beings. There is enough solar power and geothermal energy out there to power the entire planet. But there is no money in everybody getting what they need; the “market” thrives on scarcity for people to make money. One day we will all realize that we cannot eat money.

  • solution

    Solution: sodium carbonate.

  • David Gurney

    In the late 50′s and early 60′s,we used to ride our bikes behind trucks spraying DDT.Nothing happened to us.

  • Mike Reith

    DDT. Simple. It was removed from human use without even the shred of good science. As a result millions of humans die each year from malaria and other diseases. Millions. Count that number. DDT is the best anti-insect treatment every created. Bring it back.

  • Paul

    There is one easy solution. But I have no idea how healthy it is.

    Tightly close the room.

    Then boil a pot of formaldehyde inside that room for 2 hours.(do not stay in the room!!!)

    Wait two more hours.

    Open windows. (close your eyes, do not breathe!!!)

    Next.

  • Blueskies

    I moved from NYC in 2004. Although I didn’t bring the infestation into my new dwelling alive, on a few occasions I found what I thought was some kind of seeds among my possessions. Now that I’ve seen pictures, I know those seeds were actually dead bedbugs. Nasty!

  • Vilma

    I got rid of mine as follows:
    The super gave me a barrier powder to put under the baseboards.
    I covered mattress and pillows in dustmite covers.
    I scrubbed everything with bleach solution Weekly for about 3 months, vacuumed twice weekly for six months and did a LOT of laundry in HOT water.
    I spread diatomaceous earth on the bed platform (I use a futon) and liberally around the bed, in the electric outlets and under the rug.
    No more bugs, and I didn’t have to poison myself.

  • C

    Get real, bed bugs are good for the economy. Think of all the money they spend eradicating, tearing apart hotel rooms, replacing everything, etc. If you say in a hotel, find one (easy to do out East), bring it to the front desk, and get your discount. Unless they are literally everywhere, don’t bother getting a different room, it might have more bugs. Keep your luggage and clothes elevated, and zipped shut tight and you won’t bring them home with you.

  • Paul Dibenedetto

    Make sure you do the politically correct globalist thing and not blame the mass importation of third world people and open borders.

    That wouldn’t fit the agenda if you used logic.

  • Rex

    When my dad was growing up as a poor farming kid in Missouri, they had bed bugs. They would put their bed posts in coffee cans with a little kerosene in them. That helped keep some of the blood suckers out, but probably not all.

  • mondobeyondo

    Bedbugs, along with cockroaches, would be the sole survivors in a nuclear war…

  • BedBug killer

    The story above identifies with the frustration I went through.
    In the end , after everyday of going to war ineffectively with spray cans and such, it was the day i bought that powder (which has microglass) and spread around every entrance to the mattress. Granted, I already had zipped up plastic around the mattress, but I never had a bite again.

    MY problem was so bad and I finally conquered them SOB’s with this method. It’s guaranteed to work in my book

  • experienced

    Thermal Remediation. This works, trust me. Not many pest companies offer the treatment due to it’s costly financial overhead. Basically, very large space heaters are brought into the home along with fans to circulate the hot air. The home is heated to a MINIMUM of 120F. Once at 120 degrees the clock starts. 4 hours later, your home is rid of the problem. I believe this has a 90-ish% success rate. Be careful with electronics and plastics, as some can warp or disfigure during the treatment.

  • Corbett

    The bed bug epidemic is actually good news.

    You see, every year, millions of children in Africa and Asia die of malaria. At one time it was less than 100, but it has grown to be one of the biggest causes of death in the world again.

    What does all this have to do with bed bugs? Well, during and after WWII, they discovered a way to kill the mosquitoes that carry malaria. It also killed bedbugs. It was called DDT.

    But in the 60′s, the environmentalists created a panic using faked science (sound familiar?) and had DDT banned. Properly used, DDT is not harmful to people or the environment. It is extremely effective and could save million of lives each year.

    But these (lily-white) environmentalist do not care if little black and brown children die an agonizing death. So the ban on DDT remains in effect. And while countries in Africa and Asia can use DDT if they choose, they are punished for doing so by having funds withheld.

    By bringing some pain to the liberal environmentalists, the bedbugs might get them to reconsider this ban. The deaths of millions will not faze them, but maybe a bite on their fanny will.

  • Patrick Henry

    Iimmigrants (legal or illegal) and refuges are not inspected for parasites, disease (malaria,TB)or any health issue. This has certainly led to the spread of bed bugs as well as intestinal parasites. Garments, sheets, and anything manufactured overseas is a probable source of these bed bug infestations. People open new packages of sheet thinking they are clean when all the while they can be and are infested with bed bugs. New clothing whould be cleaned or washed several times before wearing.

    The worst infestation we are dealing with in this country is liberal politicians/activists who have nothing better to do than make life difficult for others with their ridiculous regulations. Eradicate all the liberal politicians from office for the next 20 years and see if this problem does not diminish within 5 years…Bedbugs are a minifestation of a bigger problem. Immigration and refugee laws must be changed not only from a health standpoint, but from an economic one.

  • http://www.allergyluxe.com/ Blogger

    Wow this is really starting to become a epidemic. I wish everyone knew just how simple it is to prevent bed bugs and ensure that you will not be affected.

  • Tom

    I think this is an asymetric warfare tactic used by our enemies. Low cost warfare on their part costing us a good deal of money and negatively effecting our morale.

  • wyattearp

    Bed Bugs are immigrating to the USA on the backs of folk’s from Africa, KRAPISTAN & Latin America, legally & ILEGALLY! ENJOY! Reduces SOMALIAN REFUGEE stress levels on the move to MINNISOTASTAN!

  • http://www.bed-bugs-symptoms.org/ bed bugs

    Hi There Theeconomiccollapseblog,
    Cool Post, I have started off noticing some tiny bugs on the bed. They you should not search whatever like mattress bugs. This has commenced occuring now during winter. When I pulled the mattress to the aspect, most of them ended up hiding on the facet of the mattress which is to the wall.
    Inquiries:
    What style of bugs are these and are they unhealthy?
    I schedule to maintain the bed in sunlight for a day?
    Would that be enough to get rid of them?
    What are your thoughts on how to clear this mattress so that I can resuse it?
    Nice One!

  • Charles Fowler

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/52538874@N05/7318050308/ If, you can kill the eggs at your bed, that is the key. If you determined heat treatment is too dangerous or expensive, now what ? The big picture is you have a ranch, your’re raising Bed Bugs and using your bed as a corral. First, spray your bed or encase the bed to kill the eggs so you won’t be overwelmed. Second, Make sure there are no problems with your bed. Nothing about your bed can be allowed the touch the wall or floor but the caster wheels. Third, the new corral for the Bed Bugs is a dim light going 24/7 where the Bed Bugs can be drawn to and removed with masking tape. Fourth, you spray the ceiling-wall line on two of the most distance walls from the dim light to move the Bed Bugs toward the light ,. Notes: Do not spray near the dim light or any other location, that will create a barrier to keep them from coming to the light. This dim light is most likely for life. As new Bed Bugs arrive at your home they will go to the light. Bed Bugs are drawn to you like Bees by your Co2. A fan moving air near your bed will mix your Co2 evenly in your bedroom, making it hard for Bed Bugs to find you. Every other day a light spray on your bed caster wheels will protect you. Those in the Bed Bug business won’t be needed anymore. Please beware of baised replies from them.This method seems to be the “Silver Bullet” for Bed Bugs. This lure will provide detection, control for the home and car. The poorest people will be able to handle their infestions.This DIY project can be done for a very small cost of parts. This is a very “Green” method.For all living places and whole house treatment, the hallways will become giant traps. The lights are there, a $5.00 dimmer switch is needed and spray. Lightly place DE on hall traffic areas where people put their foot down. Careful: My new kitten made a mistake, near the light. I moved the litter box there. Later I found a live Bed Bug in it. When the Bed Bugs stop coming to the light they’re gone, for now. If you have total control, you’ll have complete relief.The Dim lights double for night lights and Bed Bug Control.

  • tomos

    http://wish.matrix.jp/wp/archives/990

    The extermination method is introduced here.
    It is how to use a yeast fungus.
    It is a Japanese page.
    Please try to translate.

  • Sherilyn Tinney

    Bed bug bites can also lead to more infection if you just ignore it and does not seek prompt attention. ,

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  • Patty

    Thank you for this article and the comments were informative as well. I just want to correct one thing, though. Bed bugs are not actually completely harmless. They CAN kill. My nephew almost died after going into anaphylactic shock from a bed bug bite. It may not be common, but it can happen, so people should be aware.

  • Charity

    At the moment, I’m still fighting bed bugs.
    A few months ago I was going to sleep and I feeling something crawling on me, I just figured they were food crumbs since i’m just a lazy bum of a teenager, so I ignored it until finally one day, I saw it.. That brown, disgusting parasite called a bed bug crawling on my black sheet. I screamed as nearly any other teenage girl would do, then proceeded to check under my top mattress (I had 2). The sight was absolutely horrifying, there were huge spots in the seems of my mattress where adults were just crawling around like one of us on a walk through the park. it was the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen in my room. I never noticed and red bumps on my arms and legs, and it never itched until I discovered them on that night 4 months ago. So we took that mattress, threw gasoline on it, and burned it. I enjoyed watching them burn, thinking about all the parasitic bugs that would be metaphorically screaming for mercy. I sprayed my room, scrubbed my carpeted floors,swept the whole house that had no signs of any bugs, and set off a “bomb” of pesticide in my room. Once everything cleared out, I put my room back together. A few restless weeks pass and I finally begin to sleep a little better. i still woke up screaming and itching, and then I’d basically cry from the lack of control of myself. it was pathetic. I couldn’t even sleep unless I called someone who talked to me until my body finally shut down for a bit. Of course, since I didn’t find any signs of any bed bugs, I started to sleep better. Then one day, I just casually looked over and saw an adult crawling on a box of tissues, I instantly threw my sheets into the washer, and checked my bed. sure enough, they were there. So the tedious and tiresome process began again. I sprayed, cleaned and squished, making my own blood they feasted on spattered onto a tissue. I still cleaned, I thought this would be the final time. Maybe it was just the babies I didn’t kill? Well, of course I was wrong again. A week later, there were nymphs crawling on my bed. The process happened again. The same cycle over and over and over again. Now, last night I found more. I found a massive female surrounded by my blood that was turned into fecal matter, and a few nymphs. I sprayed and stuffed fabric softener sheets everywhere. (they actually work on keeping them away) Even in my pillow case and on top of my blanket. Instead of sleeping in my shorts and tank top, I’d keep on a pair of skinny jeans and a tank top. Tomorrow I’m suppose to be doing a full clean through again with my dad. He said that if this doesn’t work then we are just going to throw out the final mattress/box spring and buy a new set.
    Which, I’d be okay with if we weren’t in the economic situation we are currently in. I feel like a bother to my parents, since we need the money to pay off my car, their car, insurance, bills, utilities, and more bills. Even though, at the same time I’m sick of this. My once safe haven of a room doesn’t even feel like my room anymore. So, now I’ve resorted to praying this last time will work. My hope has perished, but right now I’m hopeful that after this one last time, they’ll be gone and I’ll never have to be filled with anxiety before sleeping and downing melatonin to get some shut eye. I just want this to end. I wouldn’t wish this upon anybody. Nobody deserves this anxiety, restless nights, money wasted, trashed dignity, slashed hope and slaughtered happiness. I wouldn’t wish this upon my worst enemy.
    Isn’t it amazing how such a little bug can be such a big problem?

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