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Bed Bug Registry Informative - Don't Bug Me I'm Sleeping

Review by 72021 on 2010-08-24
Have you heard the news? Bed bugs are overrunning the country!!! Okay, I don't know if that's true or merely media hype but I do know that I do not want to sleep with bedbugs. Do you?

If you are like me and have no desire to sleep with bed bugs than I suggest the web site http://bedbugregistry.com/ .

"The Bedbug Registry is a free, public database of bedbug sightings in the U.S. and Canada. We have about 20,000 bedbug reports dating back to 2006.

This site helps you check whether other people have encountered bedbugs at a hotel or in an apartment building so you can avoid them when you travel or rent. "

You can also narc out a hotel or apartment complex if you yourself become a victim of BED BUGS.

JUST a little FYI for my traveling friends.
Comments:27 Replies - Latest reply on 2010-09-21
Posted by goduke on 2010-08-24:
I've slept with worse.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
I don't want to sleep with them, either.
Posted by Mrs. V on 2010-08-24:
Nice! Thank you very much, Stew ^_^ Dan and I travel alot and this will be most helpful!
Posted by Obsfucation on 2010-08-24:
Be bugs are rampant in the US right now. One report I read is certain that it is only a matter of time until we all get them, and there just aint no getting rid of them.

I have a close relative who went on a cruise last April and brought one home. His house is now infested. It's even more of a problem since he is legally blind and can't see them. He has to move out of the house for SIX weeks. During that tie, we have to have all the carpeting pulled up and trashed, all upholstered furniture has to go, along with drapes and any other fabric. His clotheing has to be professionally cleaned, or discarded. Once the house is stripped bare, no one can live in it during the six weeks it is being fumigated.

How many of us could do this to get rid of bed bugs? All you need is for your kid to bring one home on his clothing, that hopped off some other kid's clothes. The whole thing is pretty scary.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
It reminds me of lice infestations and how they were taking over the world years back. Now I hardly hear about them anymore. I wonder what bedbugs will take a backseat to?

Thanks for the website. I will definitely check it out.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
Kerosene and a match.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2010-08-24:
Thanks Stew. The bedbug stories have been all over our news. I know it was reported about two years ago, that the problem was on the rise again because it was some kind of regulation or something before when hotels HAD to use some kind of treatment for bedbugs, then....'they' decided it was no longer a requirement and the hotels didn't bother because it saved them money...or something along those lines. Anyway, it was said at the time that the bedbugs was entering Ohio from Kentucky because they were all along the border...yeah, Ohio's bedbug problem is all Kentucky's fault.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
Very helpful review Stew.
Having had a bout with them at a prior residence let me tell you that they are one step away from being the devil itself.
I had to trash all my furniture.
I had always heard of them but never saw one until about three years ago.
I wouldn't wish those things on anyone.
Posted by SaMoore on 2010-08-24:
You can actually hire a service to heat your home to such a degree that the bedbugs all die off. Mayhap now is a good time to get into this business?
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
SaMoore, not to be arguementive but do you have a link for that?
Those things can go a year without a meal and can get into crevices to avoid extreme temperatures as well.
Posted by Slimjim on 2010-08-24:
Nice link stew. Not a big bed bug fan and may just remember this site for future use.
Posted by SaMoore on 2010-08-24:
Here is a service provider:
http://www.thermapure.com/bedbugs.php

I actually saw a special on it on Nightline. You have to seal the house really well and heat it to extreme temperatures but it works.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
Thanks SaMoore.
You gotta be careful with those companies and high priced insecticides.
A lot of them are bogus. I almost fell for one that you would plug into the wall and supposedly it would send high pitched soundwaves to rid them.
Luckily, I read up on the device and it was deemed to be worthless.
Posted by SaMoore on 2010-08-24:
Yeah. I would think devices to get rid of bedbugs are useless. Use a service and do your research. We had a multi level apartment nearby that was infested and emptied out. They solved the problem using a thermal heating service. I remember stories my grampa told me about bedbugs and always thought they were not real until the news hit on the infestations.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
If comes down to a choice between getting rid of bed bugs or protecting the environment then I say kiss my ass Mother Earth! Roll out the DDT.

Heck, Old_Fart used to bath in DDT while chain smoking and binge drinking. How bad can it really be?
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-08-24:
Never had any bed bugs, or fleas for that matter. Now that I've said that the powers that be will probably bless my pooches with some creepy crawlies.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2010-08-24:
Good night...sleep tight...and don't let the bed bugs bite. Great link.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2010-08-24:
I have a close relative who went on a cruise last April and brought one home. His house is now infested. It's even more of a problem since he is legally blind and can't see them. He has to move out of the house for SIX weeks. During that tie, we have to have all the carpeting pulled up and trashed, all upholstered furniture has to go, along with drapes and any other fabric. His clotheing has to be professionally cleaned, or discarded. Once the house is stripped bare, no one can live in it during the six weeks it is being fumigated.

I wonder if homeowners insurance would pay for damages (such as carpet and furniture replacement) caused by bed bugs.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
Nerd, I was told that as a kid. You too?

Stew, if you smashed one and could see the blood splatter you would want to cook up your own DDT. You won't go back to sleep too soon.
Trust me.
Posted by mrnmrsweibel on 2010-08-24:
I thought I had bed bugs as I was getting all these itchy bug bite like bumps. So I talked to a friends pest control person and he said they are extremely hard to get rid of and that they can actually stay hidden until you fall asleep making it even harder to detect them. Luckily it wasn't bed bugs after all. I was just having a reaction to something (still don't know what) but it went away after a couple days of taking benadryl.
Fleas I've had. I'm one of those lucky people that they don't bother at all and didn't know I had them until my husband came home a month after getting our cat and was eaten alive. I asked my grandma if she knew any old home remedies and she pulled out a really old book on them. According to that is said to use salt as it is toxic to fleas. You use it as you would a carpet powder and put it where ever you think they may be, let it sit a little while and vacuum it up. Also, it said to give your pet a bath and put a little salt in the water. I tried this and they were gone within a couple days. We now give all six of our pets baths with a little salt every couple months and we haven't had any fleas since and this was over six years ago. Very cheap treatment and it worked great for us.
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
Lucky you MRN and that is a cool way to control fleas as well.
The bedbugs are pretty dormant in the light and are attracted to body heat and what we exhale, so the minute you dose off here they come.
Posted by Ytropious on 2010-08-24:
Salt? Sounds neat. I wouldn't give precautionary baths in it though, salt can be pretty drying to the skin. My dogs have dry skin so I couldn't do that every few months.
Posted by PepperElf on 2010-08-24:
sadly the first thing that comes to mind is what some countries do to keep flies off the food... use spices that are hot enough that the flies don't want anything to do with it.


sooo i wonder if the same could be done for bed bugs
cover your bed-sheets with hot spices >:-)



so get cracking! spice up your bed-sheets.
;-D
Posted by Anonymous on 2010-08-24:
During the Winter Olympics there was a ton of bed bug brouhaha, apparently there is quite the breakout in Vancouver as well..I read somewhere that in the Seattle area cries for bed bug help have increased like 80% in the last couple of years.

I keep all my furniture wrapped in double-ply plastic and sealed with duct tape just to be on the safe side.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2010-08-24:
great info stew
Posted by Lifemates on 2010-08-30:
My friend just got bed bugs and his family had to sleep in my home while they did some extermination. They told me that leaving the mattresses up on the roof in the open sun for a few days takes care of all the bed bugs.
Posted by HMC86 on 2010-09-21:
The only issue I have with the site: You'll post your links up there or contact details, and in the process of writing your reviews, you'll trash a company that will be working to get rid of the problem. Unless it's a crappy hotel, trust me, the don't want them either.

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