Post # 1
Hi bees! My boss just found out her house is infested with bed bugs. She has to buy a new mattress and bedding, throw out a bunch of her clothes, get her house exterminated, and get her carpets cleaned.
Is it possible that I could get these things? could they come in from her clothes and get on the office carpet? I just want to be proactive and take precautions if necessary.
Post # 3
Yes, actually they can. They can rid in her bags or clothes she brings from home etc.
I would leave your work bags outside and not bring them in the house. And if its possible throw your work clothes asap into the laundry and change right after you arrive home
Post # 4
@QueenOfSerendip: YES! My BILs work had an infestation. People can carry them into the office on their clothes/bags.
Post # 5
@QueenOfSerendip: YES! Bed bugs are an epidemic! They’re notorious hitchhikers, so hanging onto clothes, bags and anything else she’s bringing from her infested home into the office is suspect….its an arduous task to get rid of them once they’re in a home, so this could be going on a long, long time. They’re very suseptible to heat, you could call an exterminator and discuss your concerns, maybe they have some ideas, preventative treatments you could start to make sure you don’t become their next home….
BTW – EWWWWWW!
Post # 6
Yes. I’ve seen it happen in a work situation before
Post # 7
gross!!!!!!! Don’t go near her!
Post # 8
Yikes! Everything I have heard about them is that you can get them from contact.
Ew.ew.ew. Sorry you have to deal with this OP!
Post # 9
FML. I’m grossed the hell out so bad right now! I wonder if I should just keep my office door closed the rest of the day? Will she take the hint?
Post # 10
Yeah – It can happen. I hope for your sake that you don’t have to deal with them. My apartment got bedbeds once and even though it was a really monir infestation, it was a pain in the butt!
Post # 11
Yep. My friend works for Bloomberg in NYC and they have a company policy that if you get bedbugs, you are banned from coming into work until a company-paid-for bed bug sniffing dog confirms the bed bugs are gone. That’s how easily they spread!
Post # 12
@crayfish: wow that’s intense! I like it though!
Post # 13
@crayfish: That amazes me. I can’t help but wonder if it’s even legal — if Bloomberg has adopted that policy, they must be compensating workers for their time away from the office, and for the treatments to eradicate, surely? Otherwise, they’re basically effectively implementing a rule that says, “Admit to no one at work that you have bedbugs!”
@QueenOfSerendip: Several years ago now, I and my roommate had bedbugs. It was a nightmare situation. A “minor infestation” that just would not go away after five treatments. I think roomie must have been bringing them in from work, that’s the only explanation (I worked from home). You do not want to mess around with these critters.
Things to do: if you have the $$$$, buy a pack-tite, which is basically like a mini-oven to bake your bags and possessions. Decontaminate your work clothing and bag every night when you get home.
If you’re not so flush on cash, make sure to shake yourself off every time you leave work, before you get into your car. (You should also do this after taking public transport, another big vector for bedbug transmission.) Bedbugs cannot cling to clothing, so a good shake will get them off you. (Exterminator told me this, back in the traumatic days of yore.)
Post # 14
I wouldn’t wish bed bugs on my worst enemy. The first apartment my FI and I go together was a rowhome in Harrisburg and my disgusting ghetto ass neighbors decided to throw their bedbug infested futon, mattress, and couch onto the our patio. Needless to say we got bedbugs from them. It was such and expensive and emotionally draining ordeal. I threw away everything that was in our bedroom. We needed a new mattress, new dressers, new nightstands, and the cost of having to wash all of our clothes in the laundromat was through the room. I don’t think the FI and I ever fought as much as we did in the two months it took to get rid of them.
Post # 15
Bed bugs are an occupational hazard for me. We deal with a poor population that typically live in boarding homes. Its terrifying and a costly nuisance. Yes, you can get them.
Post # 16
@calendula: They work from home. It’s just office work, so it’s not as big of a deal as you’d think. As my friends say: “You get more fear out of people in NYC by saying “bed bugs” than by saying “terrorist””. Haha