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(ABC News)   The top ten cities to get bedbugs. Avoid staying in Chicago at all costs   ( abcnews.go.com) divider line
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2013-01-19 03:06:02 AM  
4 votes:
Avoid staying in Chicago at all costs

seems like good advice in general.
2013-01-19 03:07:28 AM  
2 votes:

fusillade762: What were bedbugs called before we had beds?

Interestingly, they were always called bedbugs and beds are named after them.
2013-01-19 11:54:22 AM  
1 vote:

Johnsnownw: I did a little research and purchased pyrethin spray and powder. This is a natural chemical extracted from chrysanthemum flowers.

Pyrethin works great on insects, one of the most effective and long-lasting ways to eliminate infestations.

If you have cats or fish (and to a lesser extent, dogs), avoid Pyrethrin & pyrethroids, or utilize extreme caution when and where you use it, it is toxic. As in, dead pets.

It's not clear whether these insecticides have long term effects in humans, some studies suggest they are neurotoxic in all mammals. Toxicity symptoms in humans include respiratory issues, headache, nausea, incoordination, tremors, convulsions, facial flushing and swelling, and burning and itching sensations. There are suggestions that exposure, especially to unborn infants, lowers IQ.
2013-01-19 11:40:14 AM  
1 vote:
I had a bedbug infestation while living in university housing in Scotland. They had pest control come twice, to spray my sub-200 sq ft room. It didn't seem to do much of anything, there were still tons of them. They did say I had the worst infestation they had ever come across...lucky me.

Anyway, I decided to take matters into my own hands, as the University wouldn't let me change rooms longer than it took the spray to dissipate. I did a little research and purchased pyrethin spray and powder. This is a natural chemical extracted from chrysanthemum flowers.

I didn't buy it because it was natural, I could care less, but the information I found indicated it worked really well. Before I sprayed my entire room with the stuff, I wanted to make sure it worked. So I turned off the lights in my room for about 30 min, went back in, and found a bedbug on my wall. Sprayed that fuker one time, and it died instantly.

Anyway, it took one application with the powder being spread along the floor at the base of each wall, and the spray being used everywhere else. Never saw them again, and since I lived there for another 2.5 months afterwards, I think I can say that I wiped them out.

This wasn't the brand, but it's the same thing.


/You're welcome
2013-01-19 11:15:41 AM  
1 vote:
In before anyone says "DDT is the only way":

Bedbugs have been DDT resistant since the 1940s
2013-01-19 06:39:56 AM  
1 vote:
I had never experienced bedbugs until late last year. It was on a trip to Washington DC, and I stayed in a very cheap hotel. You could tell that this was not a place you should stay in, but it was late and I didnt have much of a choice (other than sleep in the car).

From Chicago - no experience with them before so didnt think I should check the bed for signs.

Got bit up and had an allergic reaction.

Always always always check for signs before sleeping in a strange place. Its not hard to tell.
2013-01-19 04:34:40 AM  
1 vote:
Ugh. This is the reason there is not a single upholstered chair left in any public area on my campus. They found bedbugs in one seating area in one building, and Whoosh. Gone within a week.

Not at all complaining, mind. Brrr.
2013-01-19 03:09:24 AM  
1 vote:
I tried to warn people when they stopped 'sleeping tight'.

I said: "this loose sleeping will lead to no good!"
I said it 100 times.

And look what happened; the bed bugs were permitted to bite.

You liberals that cast aside the sage advise of our conservative bedtime rhymes, you made this bed and now we all have to sleep in it.

Think I'm wrong? It's no coincidence that Obama's CHICAGO is at the top of the list. Chicago is notorious for it's loose sleeping liberals.
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