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2013-03-17 09:09:37 AM  
 
2013-03-17 09:20:08 AM  
Las Vegas is currently having an epidemic of bed bugs. Which then spread to the rest of the country by tourist luggage.
 
2013-03-17 09:21:11 AM  
It when they can't be baked is when we need to worry. Cooking them to death has been the best way to control them for quite a while.
 
2013-03-17 09:57:35 AM  

dogdaze: It when they can't be baked is when we need to worry. Cooking them to death has been the best way to control them for quite a while.


Mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm, toasty.
 
2013-03-17 10:01:06 AM  

Generation_D: Las Vegas is currently having an epidemic of bed bugs. Which then spread to the rest of the country by tourist luggage.


Leave your luggage in the car in the noon day sun, boom no more bedbugs.
 
2013-03-17 10:32:42 AM  

EvilEgg: Generation_D: Las Vegas is currently having an epidemic of bed bugs. Which then spread to the rest of the country by tourist luggage.

Leave your luggage in the car in the noon day sun, boom no more bedbugs.


And if, like most tourists to Vegas, you don't bring or rent a car?
 
2013-03-17 10:37:33 AM  

Generation_D: Las Vegas is currently having an epidemic of bed bugs. Which then spread to the rest of the country by tourist luggage.


images.bluegartr.com
 
2013-03-17 10:43:51 AM  

thisiszombocom: Generation_D: Las Vegas is currently having an epidemic of bed bugs. Which then spread to the rest of the country by tourist luggage.

[images.bluegartr.com image 850x518]


www.pitofhorror.com

IT'S THE HAND OF GOD....
 
2013-03-17 10:51:07 AM  
Isn't there some kind of predator for these pests? Like an anteater or something like that?
 
2013-03-17 11:00:31 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Isn't there some kind of predator for these pests? Like an anteater or something like that?


Yes, but somehow I doubt tourists would be much happier with a room full of spiders.
 
2013-03-17 11:10:39 AM  
Two years.  That's how long bedbugs can survive without feeding, at least according to the exterminator.  If your furniture gets infested, they won't bother with it, and will suggest throwing it out.  Thank you, neighbors in my old apartment, for a crash course in bedbug treatments.  Twice.
 
2013-03-17 11:10:47 AM  

skozlaw: Quantum Apostrophe: Isn't there some kind of predator for these pests? Like an anteater or something like that?

Yes, but somehow I doubt tourists would be much happier with a room full of spiders.


Or house centipedes.
 
2013-03-17 11:14:58 AM  
Fire is the best pesticide.

/the nuclear option close second
 
2013-03-17 11:15:38 AM  

born_yesterday: Two years.  That's how long bedbugs can survive without feeding, at least according to the exterminator.  If your furniture gets infested, they won't bother with it, and will suggest throwing it out.  Thank you, neighbors in my old apartment, for a crash course in bedbug treatments.  Twice.


It's not necessarily their fault. Could have been introduced by another tenant. On a related note, one fun lie property owners like to tell is that bed bugs can't travel between apartments...or outside at all. Which is idiotic. They just don't want to be responsible for paying for treatment.

Chicago and NYC have both been dealing with this little shiatheads for several years now. Bedbugs...not property managers.
 
2013-03-17 11:20:24 AM  

Generation_D: EvilEgg: Generation_D: Las Vegas is currently having an epidemic of bed bugs. Which then spread to the rest of the country by tourist luggage.

Leave your luggage in the car in the noon day sun, boom no more bedbugs.

And if, like most tourists to Vegas, you don't bring or rent a car?


Visit the nuclear bomb testing sites before you leave town. That ought to do the trick.
 
2013-03-17 11:30:59 AM  

dogdaze: It when they can't be baked is when we need to worry. Cooking them to death has been the best way to control them for quite a while.


No it's not.  Freezing them to death is the best way.  Quick squirt of liquid nitrogen = dead, with little chance of damaging whatever they were on.
 
2013-03-17 11:36:36 AM  
FFFFF. God I hate these threads. Had to deal with the farkers once, YEARS ago...

(It turns out they were living on a bat colony that had taken up residence in the attic of the apartment I was subletting for the summer)

I'll still sometimes wake up freaking out a little if I think I feel something crawling across me. Thankfully, I seemed to get the farkers on the first go (Double-bagged EVERYTHING I owned, left it in my car in the summer for a few weeks, all clothes went through the dryer 3 times), but motherfark those things make you paranoid The fiance thinks I'm crazy, the way I always check every hotel room we check into, but, eh. I'd rather she not ever have to understand WHY I'm crazy like this.
 
2013-03-17 11:58:30 AM  
There's a naturally occuring fungus that supposed to control bedbugs. Here's the article
 
2013-03-17 12:05:46 PM  
If any of you reading this travels regularly, read up on how to check your hotel room for bed bugs. I acquired them a few years ago from the Hyatt in Columbus. I spent over $1,000 to be rid of them, my landlord spent even more. They are vile, disgusting creatures that can lie in wait for over a year without feeding and can fit anywhere you can stick your debit card into. Almost broke my sanity. My e-mail is in my profile if anyone needs advice on dealing with these things.
 
2013-03-17 12:21:39 PM  
We had them about 2 summers ago.  What a nightmare.  We'd wake up with all these incredibly itchy bumps on us and tiny smears of blood on the sheets.  Neither of us were familiar w/bedbugs but I remembered something about the blood & Googled it.  (Note:  Do NOT do this.  Ewwwww.....)  Freaked out and researched like mad on how to get rid of them without spending thousands of dollars on an exterminator.  Ended up encapsulating everything in the entire bedroom in plastic--mattress, boxspring, TV, everything.  Threw out the air conditioner & both alarm clocks.  Took all our clothes, towels, & bedding to a laundromat because the industrial dryers are the only ones that get hot enough to kill the damn things.  Then dusted the entire room with diatomaceous earth, even blowing it into the electrical outlets, and slept in the guest room for 2 weeks.

Took nearly 2 days of vacuuming to get up every bit of the earth.  The number of bedbug carcasses when we took off the plastic only numbered in the dozens, so we may have just gotten lucky & hit the infestation before it really took hold.  Thankfully, they haven't been back.  I don't want to go through that again.
 
2013-03-17 12:26:42 PM  

Summoner101: Fire is the best pesticide.

/the nuclear option close second


Nuclear is just a special case of fire.
And in Vegas, it's probably cooler than stepping outside between June and September.

/I had rechargeable batteries explode one time when I forgot to put my windows down as I parked the car at 5 am.  When I get back at 3:30 it was a crime scene in my cup holder.
 
2013-03-17 12:37:16 PM  
Since the damned things are traveling in luggage, how about we start placing Cobalt-60 in all of our airline luggage carriers, and in the trailers of long-haul movers like Mayflower?
It might not stop the spread completely, but it would help slow it down.
Then we could use people's frequent flier information to assess when they need to be checked for mutant superpowers.  I can't see how this idea can end badly at all!
 
2013-03-17 01:08:36 PM  

LrdPhoenix: dogdaze: It when they can't be baked is when we need to worry. Cooking them to death has been the best way to control them for quite a while.

No it's not.  Freezing them to death is the best way.  Quick squirt of liquid nitrogen = dead, with little chance of damaging whatever they were on.


Like that's practical to freeze (or heat) every teeny nook and cranny of your home to a temperature which will kill them.

If freezing, make sure you shut off the water and drain all your pipes and toilets and hot water heater completely.

If heating, make sure you remove any candles you have, including those ones in the bottom of a drawer that you forgot about.
 
2013-03-17 01:16:53 PM  
DDT... that is all.
 
2013-03-17 01:23:40 PM  

diaphoresis: DDT... that is all.


And then they become immune to it (and all the eagles are dead)?

What then genius?
 
2013-03-17 01:27:38 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: born_yesterday: Two years.  That's how long bedbugs can survive without feeding, at least according to the exterminator.  If your furniture gets infested, they won't bother with it, and will suggest throwing it out.  Thank you, neighbors in my old apartment, for a crash course in bedbug treatments.  Twice.

It's not necessarily their fault. Could have been introduced by another tenant. On a related note, one fun lie property owners like to tell is that bed bugs can't travel between apartments...or outside at all. Which is idiotic. They just don't want to be responsible for paying for treatment.

Chicago and NYC have both been dealing with this little shiatheads for several years now. Bedbugs...not property managers.


Yeah.  The first time there were bedbugs, the property managers sprayed every apartment.  Afterwards (due to cost, I suppose), they switched to a one-by-one-when-they-appear approach.  It was far less effective.

Felgraf: I'll still sometimes wake up freaking out a little if I think I feel something crawling across me.


It took me about a year to not freak out and throw back the covers to check whether every itch was a bedbug crawling on me.

brigid_fitch: Ended up encapsulating everything in the entire bedroom in plastic--mattress, boxspring, TV, everything.


I got lucky, and got the exterminator in before the bugs infested the living room.  Mattress is still wrapped in plastic, just in case.  FWIW, they tend to form their initial infestations in the immediate vicinity of where you sleep.  So...don't start sleeping on the couch if they appear in the bedroom.  Because they will find you.
 
2013-03-17 01:44:13 PM  

nmemkha: diaphoresis: DDT... that is all.

And then they become immune to it (and all the eagles are dead)?

What then genius?


Quit drinking the Kool-aid..
 
2013-03-17 01:49:38 PM  

nmemkha: diaphoresis: DDT... that is all.

And then they become immune to it (and all the eagles are dead)?

What then genius?


because DDT in your house would affect eagles HOW ??
HAHAHAHAHA

no seriously
 
2013-03-17 01:50:20 PM  

diaphoresis: nmemkha: diaphoresis: DDT... that is all.

And then they become immune to it (and all the eagles are dead)?

What then genius?

Quit drinking the Kool-aid..


... What kool-aid? Are you arguing Bedbugs can't or won't develop immunity to DDT? *MOSQUITOS* are already starting to do so (which is why it's been discontinued in a lot of places), and bedbugs are waaaaayyyyy hardier.
 
2013-03-17 01:51:01 PM  

nmemkha: diaphoresis: DDT... that is all.

And then they become immune to it (and all the eagles are dead)?

What then genius?


so you are ok with the increase in malaria deaths in africa? check
 
2013-03-17 01:52:37 PM  

Felgraf: What kool-aid? Are you arguing Bedbugs can't or won't develop immunity to DDT? *MOSQUITOS* are already starting to do so (which is why it's been discontinued in a lot of places), and bedbugs are waaaaayyyyy hardier.


true .... but not the point
we have never banned something because the pest became immune.
We banned DDT because of one book and some questionable research.
(not saying that we should or shouldnt have, just saying that the data was a bit "green")
 
2013-03-17 01:57:36 PM  

namatad: nmemkha: diaphoresis: DDT... that is all.

And then they become immune to it (and all the eagles are dead)?

What then genius?

so you are ok with the increase in malaria deaths in africa? check


namatad: Felgraf: What kool-aid? Are you arguing Bedbugs can't or won't develop immunity to DDT? *MOSQUITOS* are already starting to do so (which is why it's been discontinued in a lot of places), and bedbugs are waaaaayyyyy hardier.

true .... but not the point
we have never banned something because the pest became immune.
We banned DDT because of one book and some questionable research.
(not saying that we should or shouldnt have, just saying that the data was a bit "green")


Yesss, but they're still correct in saying DDT wouldn't work in this case.

/Also, i'm pretty sure DDT wasn't banned in Africa because of the birds. In fact, I'm pretty sure the DDT bans *EXPLICITLY EXEMPTED* places that needed to use it to control malaria.
 
2013-03-17 02:11:43 PM  
Is there any natural predator for bedbugs.  (If there is, we probably decimated them with pesticides long ago)
 
2013-03-17 02:13:30 PM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: born_yesterday: Two years.  That's how long bedbugs can survive without feeding, at least according to the exterminator.  If your furniture gets infested, they won't bother with it, and will suggest throwing it out.  Thank you, neighbors in my old apartment, for a crash course in bedbug treatments.  Twice.

It's not necessarily their fault. Could have been introduced by another tenant. On a related note, one fun lie property owners like to tell is that bed bugs can't travel between apartments...or outside at all. Which is idiotic. They just don't want to be responsible for paying for treatment.

Chicago and NYC have both been dealing with this little shiatheads for several years now. Bedbugs...not property managers.


bedbugs can also hitch a ride on your clothes into your apartment. movie theaters are becoming a popular place to spread bedbugs around.

these critters infested a section of my former office in manhattan. somehow hitched a ride on someone's clothing/briefcase, and set up shop in some of the computers.
 
2013-03-17 02:18:44 PM  

Felgraf: namatad: nmemkha: diaphoresis: DDT... that is all.

And then they become immune to it (and all the eagles are dead)?

What then genius?

so you are ok with the increase in malaria deaths in africa? check

namatad: Felgraf: What kool-aid? Are you arguing Bedbugs can't or won't develop immunity to DDT? *MOSQUITOS* are already starting to do so (which is why it's been discontinued in a lot of places), and bedbugs are waaaaayyyyy hardier.

true .... but not the point
we have never banned something because the pest became immune.
We banned DDT because of one book and some questionable research.
(not saying that we should or shouldnt have, just saying that the data was a bit "green")

Yesss, but they're still correct in saying DDT wouldn't work in this case.

/Also, i'm pretty sure DDT wasn't banned in Africa because of the birds. In fact, I'm pretty sure the DDT bans *EXPLICITLY EXEMPTED* places that needed to use it to control malaria.


wrong.

the WHO waited until 2006 to make such exemptions, however the UN has not.
South Africa and Tanzania broke the ban on their own a few years before.
 
2013-03-17 02:35:47 PM  
Bedbugs by themselves aren't very mobile, but Haynes suspects the bugs are catching rides with humans-or rather, their furniture.

We can all stop worrying; Sherlock is on the case.
 
2013-03-17 03:30:31 PM  
Says "no shiat they are", then takes your thumb.
v027o.popscreen.com

/charlie!
 
2013-03-17 03:49:36 PM  
American bedbugs, stay away from me
American bedbugs, f*ckers let me be
Don't come hangin' around my door
I don't wanna see your face no more
I got more important things to do
Than scratch my ass and my nutsack too
Now bedbugs, I said stay away
American bedbugs, listen what i say...
 
2013-03-17 04:52:22 PM  
sleeptightremediation.com

still not sure what this stuff is.

Old forum post seems to say a combination of cinnimon oil, detergents and some more essential oils
 
2013-03-17 05:10:01 PM  
In many cases where there's a BB infestation, the treatment du jour has been to bring in specialized heaters and literally bake the bastards to death.

Dunno what that means for stuff like Blu ray collections or your Grandfather's rare vinyl collection that he willed to you.
 
2013-03-17 05:11:13 PM  

Generation_D: Las Vegas is currently having an epidemic of bed bugs. Which then spread to the rest of the country by tourist luggage.


YAY GLOBALISM!

Gonna be ironic that the only nation on Earth to be BB free (and probably even survive a zombie apocalypse) will be Best Korea.
 
2013-03-17 05:11:42 PM  
Food grade Diatomaceous Earth

Its all you need to kill ANYTHING
 
2013-03-17 06:08:54 PM  

advex101: Is there any natural predator for bedbugs.  (If there is, we probably decimated them with pesticides long ago)


Eagles.
 
2013-03-17 07:15:45 PM  

indarwinsshadow: There's a naturally occuring fungus that supposed to control bedbugs. Here's the article


Well, thank you for that image!

i137.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-17 09:12:55 PM  

Generation_D: EvilEgg: Generation_D: Las Vegas is currently having an epidemic of bed bugs. Which then spread to the rest of the country by tourist luggage.

Leave your luggage in the car in the noon day sun, boom no more bedbugs.

And if, like most tourists to Vegas, you don't bring or rent a car?


Throw your luggage in the dryer for 15 minutes.  Same effect.
 
2013-03-17 09:37:23 PM  

Felgraf: FFFFF. God I hate these threads. Had to deal with the farkers once, YEARS ago...

(It turns out they were living on a bat colony that had taken up residence in the attic of the apartment I was subletting for the summer)

I'll still sometimes wake up freaking out a little if I think I feel something crawling across me. Thankfully, I seemed to get the farkers on the first go (Double-bagged EVERYTHING I owned, left it in my car in the summer for a few weeks, all clothes went through the dryer 3 times), but motherfark those things make you paranoid The fiance thinks I'm crazy, the way I always check every hotel room we check into, but, eh. I'd rather she not ever have to understand WHY I'm crazy like this.


Bat bugs can't live on people. While they will bite, they can't reproduce on human blood. Get rid of the bats (usually by exclusion), the bat bugs will die out on their own.
 
2013-03-17 10:02:19 PM  
I itched reading this whole thread.

I live in apartments that have a large population of Somali immigrants and the bedbugs are pretty bad. I'm not saying this to be racist, I'm saying it seems to be related.

/No bedbugs in my apartment thank God.
//itchy itchy itchy
 
2013-03-17 10:12:34 PM  

diaphoresis: DDT... that is all.


They have been resistant to DDT since the 1940s...
 
2013-03-17 10:14:07 PM  

advex101: Is there any natural predator for bedbugs.  (If there is, we probably decimated them with pesticides long ago)


Yes, the assassin bug. Unfortunately, it will bite you and hurt like a motherfuker.
 
2013-03-18 12:10:44 AM  
Bring back DDT
 
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