Post # 1
It gives me the willies just thinking about them. We don’t have bedbugs, but I just keep reading about them popping up all over the city. Empire State Building, movie theater in Times Square, Brooklyn DA offices, clothing stores. Everywhere. Bergorf Goodman has even “hired” a bedbug sniffing dog to come in after the store closes as a preventative measure. It creeps me out, seriously. I have to take the train just about every day where it is cramped and crowded and I’m usually touching someone at one point or another during the ride. We wouldn’t have the money to get a dog that sniffs out bedbugs (not that dogs are allowed in the apartment, but I would think the landlord would grant an exception like that lol) but it sure would put my mind at ease! I told my husband that we’re going to have to start changing our clothes right as soon as we walk in the door, but even then we have to walk across the carpeted living room and bedroom to get our change of clothes or something. I heard the heat of a dryer will kill the bugs, but we don’t have one in our apartment, otherwise I’d throw our clothes in every day. I don’t know what we should do to prevent them. Anyone else dealing with this?
Post # 3
umm YESS!! I’m a social worker and I do home visits with my clients. One of our apartments is INFESTED with bedbugs and it skeeves me out soo bad. I feel so bad for my co worker who needs to visit the apartment. She has to wear a giant painter’s suit every time she goes to protect herself. I think it’s funny that A&F and Hollister have had them–I guess that heinous cologne/perfume they spray ALL over the store/street attracts the bedbugs! 🙂
Post # 4
A Victorias Secret on Lexington had them too. yuckaroo.
Post # 5
Uh YES, this is so gross and upsetting! I read this article in the NYT this morning and felt itchy just looking at it. Some people have posted tips for prevention/eradication in the comments.
But like many things, I’m just sort of pressing on and not thinking about it too much, like this quote from the story:
“It’s like terrorism,” said a woman as she ran into the recently sprayed AMC theater. “Just cross your fingers and keep going.”
Guess that’s all you can really do!
Post # 6
I just started itching when I read this post. It’s very upsetting.
Post # 7
I am so grossed out… At this point I’m not even worried about my apartment getting them – I’m more worried about buying clothes anywhere in the city now. Oh, and my SO and I often go to the 42nd st movie theatre….. BLEEECCKKKKKK
Post # 8
Ugh, yes. A couple of years ago I read some article about how those seats in the subway stations were found to have bedbugs, and then another about how people were buying new mattresses and they had bedbugs from the trucks. So gross. And now the current wave of articles… everywhere I look, I wonder if there are bedbugs!
Post # 9
ewww!!! I’m not in NYC and I’m grossed out! ugh, the idea of those gross suckers anywhere is disgusting! ick!
Post # 10
My best friend got infested. I couldn’t do anything about it. I couldn’t avoid her or anything. I just really hoped and prayed whenever I went to visit her and guess what, she got them all eradicated and I didn’t get them!!
Post # 11
We go to that movie theater ALL THE TIME. Ugh!!!
I am irrationally paranoid about it–I admit that I have woken Darling Husband up in the middle of the night because I thought I felt something crawling on my skin.
There are lots of buildings in my neighborhood that have had problems, too.
I have no words of advice, just fellow disgust.
Post # 12
My parents are in Denver, and there’s an infestation there too!! My dad works at a hospital and he recently had to help them spray it out for bed bugs! ICK! At the hospital?? There aren’t any bed bug specialists I guess, so the hospital employees had to do it themselves.
I saw a thing on tv where the bug-sniffing dog identified the bed bugs on a suitcase! (Think about that when you travel.) They killed them using CO2. They froze them to death, the suitcase thawed and was no worse for the wear.
Post # 13
i’ve been freaked out about bedbugs for years. i seriously start itching when people even mention them. but in the end, i don’t think there’s that much we can do to prevent them. i laughed out loud when i read “It’s like terrorism,” said a woman as she ran into the recently sprayed AMC theater. “Just cross your fingers and keep going.” so true.
Post # 14
I had them about 3 years ago. We were lucky though. We actually got rid of ours! We bombed/sprayed/wrapped our mattress and put double sided tape down between our bedroom and the living room where we slept for a week.
Those things can live without eating for 18 months! And if say your bed is infested and you sleep else where… the bed bugs can sniff you out up to 1/2 mile! EWWWWWWWW!
Post # 15
Have you ever gotten bitten by bedbugs? I did once in Africa and it was awful. The little suckers drew blood and left welts.
It’s not just NYC though. I’ve heard of infestations all over San Francisco, Seattle and other major cities, (like Denver as MS mentions). I’ve diagnosed patients with bedbug bites.
It makes me not want to travel for work (or anything else for that matter!)
Post # 16
we lived in an apartment building that got infested with them.. ugh it was a nightmare but after all the spraying and treating the matresses we got rid of them.. phew!