Monday, May 31, 2010

Bed Bugs

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Bedbugs (or bed bugs) are small, elusive, parasitic insects of the family Cimicidae. They live by feeding exclusively on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded animals. The name 'bed bug' is derived from the insect's preferred habitat infesting houses and especially beds or other common areas where people may sleep. Bedbugs, though not strictly nocturnal, are mainly active at night and are capable of feeding unnoticed on their hosts.

Bedbugs have been known by a variety of names including wall louse, mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon, and redcoat.

Largely eradicated as pests in the developed world in the early 1940s, bedbugs have been resurgent since about 1995. source

I am itching just thinking about it!



And watching this video MADE MY SKIN CRAWL!

But then I heard this on the radio:

Bed bug infestation rates have risen 70 percent in five years! Worse? Many of the beasties are resistant to standard insecticides.

After feasting on blood, the bugs burrow out of sight in mattresses and furniture.

Good news? Trapping them is simple! Try dry ice, a cat dish, and talcum powder!

So say entomologists at Rutgers University. The scientists loaded 2.5 pounds of dry-ice pellets into an insulated, one-third-gallon jug. The jug was placed in a plastic cat food dish dusted inside with talcum powder. A small paper ramp was added to the outer rim.

The contraption was left overnight in an infected apartment bedroom.

When dry ice sublimates, it turns into carbon dioxide gas - similar to the breath of sleeping victims. The gas leaked slowly out the jug's spout, luring the bed bugs. The bloodsuckers climbed the ramp into the bowl - and were trapped within the steep, powdered walls.

Ha!

In tests, the low-tech detector worked just as well as high-end commercial devices.

Total price of the device? Around 15 buckaroos.


GULP!!!!!!!!!!!! All this stuff freaks me out. ACK! Bugs! Bleh.


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35 comments:

♥Aubrey said...

Ewwww...i've been freaked out about "Bed Bugs" for years. Hence why i like to get a new mattress every couple years. I can't even imagine little bugs feasting on me while i sleep. GROSS!!!

Stacy said...

Did you know that the males also impregnate the females by stabbing them in the abdomen with their penises!!!!!? Yes. They directly fertilize the egg that way!

Gabbi said...

Noooo... you're gonna give me nightmares and such a freak when it comes to imagining stuff I might have that I probably don't! :)

Krystal said...

i think of that every single time i stay at a hotel :(

blueviolet said...

GROSS!!!!!!!!!!

Tracie said...

I worry about bedbugs whenever I stay in a hotel. *shudder*

Lorena said...

OMG.... you have me scratching all over.
But, now, if I let them feed off of me, will I lose weight?

Haute World said...

Ewwwww... so gross. How am I supposed to get a good night's rest now?? ;-) Dry ice, here I come...

Ch√Ętelaine - The Garden Fairy said...

Umm... it is 23:15 here and I should to to bed, I am tired as hell. I look at my bed there... and I think of your post here. Yuck Yuck Yuck.
I have changed sheets now. At 23:15 !! All your fault :-)))
Good night....I think I know what I will dream ...

The Cottage Cheese said...

Bedbugs freak me out! I can't bring myself to watch the video. I hear they are usually spread through infected hotels (and not just seedy ones). One expert said to keep your luggage 50 feet from the bed in your hotel room so that the bugs won't travel back to your house in your luggage. Huh? Other than the posh suites - how many hotel rooms can you think of that are that big? But I never put my luggage on the bed or upholstered chair in any hotel room now.

L.A. Daze said...

Yuck yuck yuck! I'm all itchy now!! I sometimes find tiny spiders in my bed. Makes me want to scream!

Jake Hammell said...

My coworkers apartment building recently had to be deloused due to a bedbug infestation. Her place didn't have them, but they were quite near to her.

They like to travel around up here with the oil-rig crews who spend weeks at a time in camps deep in the bush, and then the hop ship at the hotels and motels (not always cheap seedy ones either) these rig crews inevitably stay at.

Then the riggers come home to their loving roommates like me and make me paranoid about getting bed bugs.

Welcome to Northern Alberta.

uglygirl said...

I get such bad psychogenic itch when I think about bedbugs. Once a friend caught them from some dodgy B&B in the UK and whenever i see her I feel itchy.

Kirsty said...

Bedbugs are freaky little shitters. They practise what is called "traumatic insemination" - basically the male insemination is so damaging to the female that he has to force her to accept him. Usually they forego any kind of normal sex and just stab the female with a spike that transfers the sperm. Naughty little bastards.

Kathryn said...

I hadn't heard of this particular method of getting rid of bed bugs, but will keep it in mind if I am ever unfortunate enough to ever bring any home with me.

I woman I used to work with had been in the hotel business and have been a little squeamish ever since after some of the stories she has told.

She said bedbugs were a growing problem even despite their best efforts because a guest that has a bedbug infestation or stayed at another hotel with them brings them with them and may not even know it.

Things to look for are to check the sheet, blankets and mattress itself for a lot of dark spots - that is the bugs fecal matter. If it is a bad infestation just pulling up the mattress and looking underneath you will see them scurrying about (but be careful when you do so as junkies have been known to hide needles beneath mattresses).

She also said if the room has sort of a raspberry smell it can be a sign of infestation it is a tell-tale signs.

FB @ FabulouslyBroke.com said...

This is why I have an Allersac (sleeping travel sac) when I travel.

Giving 2 away on Jun 4th on my Everyday Minimalist blog (www.everydayminimalist.com) after my travel series runs on June 2nd ;)

So gross.

Mara said...

ewww bed bugs make me start to itch! They gross me out and I swear I just found a dead one over the weekend at my friend's condo. Good thing it's not my house!

Morgan said...

So freaking gross! I did not need to read this. I'm back in the road tomorrow. God help me! Hope my hotel is nice. :)

bananas. said...

you stop it right now!!!

just reading this gave me the heeby jeebies. gahh!!!

Karisa Tells All said...

i'm thanking you in advance for the nightmares that will ensue tonight

Ashton King said...

I'm kind of afraid of my bed now. Thanks for that.

creative kerfuffle said...

fuckity fuck. i can't watch the video--the picture alone grosses me the hell out. now i might have to google bedbugs to find other ways to get rid of them because, ew, gross. plus, how do you know if you have them? or have an infestation?

SabinePsynopsis said...

This brings back happy memories of cheap hotels in Egypt. (The trip was great, but the bed bugs!!!). If I had only known that all it needed was dry ice and cat food...

Kristin said...

I'm blaming you when I make the hubs go buy all that stuff to see if we have bed bugs. HA!

LiLu said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I am washing my sheets the SECOND I get home!!!

Lady Ren said...

Okay I almost didn't click over when I saw that freaky picture... But then I reasoned that it might be informative... which it is... but man that picture-

Why? Why drollgirl??

Make the image in my head stop!

Kitty Stampede said...

SHIIIIIT! I can't handle this. I can't. I am so damn itchy right now. sick.barf. i have freaking bug bites right now. i don't know if they are mosquitoes or now i'm paranoid they are bed bugs. i am also changing the sheets, pronto.

Clarity said...

Bed bugs are truly gross so I shall avoid that video. I wonder where one gets dry ice from?

Did you try the trap?

Kristine said...

Gross gross gross! Fiends of the devil. My cat was infested with fleas one year and it was beyond traumatic. Turns out I am allergic to flea bites and my entire torso was one giant welt and I could feel them hopping on me in bed and biting me.I will never be the same again.The horror...

Jennifer DeDonato said...

Great something else for me to worry about...yack...double stick tape here I come.

Asylum Dolly said...

Ewwwwwwwww! I'm itching now! yucky yucky little monsters.
I want one of those traps!!!! But then imagine if you found hundreds of the little fuckers in it...oh man, i would never sleep properly again. AAAAAAAGGGH!!!

Tina said...

ewww, ewwww, ewwww....

executive training said...

Oh God!!! I was sick when I saw this photo so please don't understand that I just couldn't watch the video. I wonder what was there but I won't open it!

Diana said...

Did you listen to this on NPR? I heard a similar story there and it was so sad because a woman had to throw out so many couches in a year because of these suckers!

Laura @ EdenRose said...

OMG!!! I was just going to bed but now i doubt very much i'll sleep at all. Ewww, I am itching all over :(
Now, where the heck is my dry ice!?