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Comment Archives: stories: News: Suburban Turmoil

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

I sooooo know what you mean. Except... we really DID have bedbugs. My husband travels a lot. I suspect that he actually brought them home from New York.
My sister had just moved in with us with her 3 months babe and was 1 month pregnant. Everyone except for me and the baby were covered in mosquito bites. It seemed to be a really bad year for mosquitoes.
I picked up the baby off of my bed one day and saw a dead bug under her. I thought nothing of it and threw it away... but it nagged at me. My husband was off traveling and my sister and her baby were already sleeping when I hauled that damn bug out of my garbage and began my google images search. Imagine my horror!!!
I tore the spare bed apart and was horrified to find the bed was covered in them. How could we have missed this...? This was before bedbugs hit the news as making a comeback. I was sooooo ashamed. We washed our sheets every week - how the hell did I miss this (actually I did think that there was something wrong with our laundry machines, they seemed to be depositing little oils specks on our sheets - little did I know that it was actually bug poo - blech!).
I had to go to bed that night in my bed where my sister and her baby were sleeping and ignore the bugs. Lets just say - I didn't have much sleep that night.
The next morning I packed up our Subaru wagon with 30+ bags of clothes and bedding and took over a local laundromat. We got an exterminator in to spray everything. I cleaned and I cleaned... and then I cleaned some more. And I cried.
I will spare you the details of the next couple of years and the _thousands_ of $$ we spent. But, I must say... I still check the bed fanatically every time I change the sheets. If there is even a speck, it must be examined. When my husband travels, all of his bags get put into the bathtub while he checks his room and bedding, they can come out of the tub when no evidence is found. When he comes home, his clothes go into a plastic bag, get washed in hot water and what can't be washed gets put into the freezer for a couple of weeks. I check every bed that I sleep in, no matter where I am.
I made my husband ask at the hotel that he stayed in the last time he went to New York, a few months ago. They took him very seriously and had the manager call him back and tell him that while they have never had bedbugs, they have exterminators come through weekly to examine everything.
We have half the belongings that we had when we first found the bedbugs, and I like it that way. To be honest, we have been getting rid of more... when I look through my house (when I am feeling paranoid), I simply see places for bedbugs to hide (not the only reason but a good enough reason). Aaargh!
Ummm.... Traumatized much?
;-)

http://polyphase.ca/kc

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Posted by KC on 10/22/2010 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

Just reading this is making me itch! I've heard that you should put all new clothing/fabric purchases in the dryer on high heat for 20 minutes as soon as you bring them into your house. Not a bad idea, right?

http://sturgmomingeneral.blogspot.com

Posted by Sturgmom on 10/22/2010 at 9:26 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

I am now itching, thank you very much. This just skeeves me out and to think I want to travel, maybe I can pack that BBB bed cover and just roll myself up in it.

www.growingupandtryingtogetitright.wordpre…

Posted by shoegal on 10/22/2010 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

BIRD MITE INFESTATION?!

BEDBUG REGISTRY?!

AAAAAGGGHHH!

Posted by Lindsay on 10/22/2010 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

i am itchy right now.....

http://cjmcgrey.typepad.com

Posted by caryn on 10/22/2010 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

I keep meaning to write about my family's near brush with disaster in the form of a bird mite infestation (hint---don't let wood doves make nests on your windowsills....even if it's fun to watch the baby birds hatch....). And yeah, bed begs would be up there with unbearable. The more I think about bug infestations of any kind, the more trouble I have sleeping. So, for me, it's better not to think about it? Maybe that's a cop out. Anyway, http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2….

Posted by knewman on 10/22/2010 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

We are going to NYC for a weekend in December and I was so looking forward to it until I remembered it's like the Bedbug Capital of America. We're staying with a friend in Brooklyn. I don't have the guts to insult her by asking if she's had a bedbug problem.

Also, while I was reading this column I felt something ON MY LEG and freaked out...turns out it was just the cord from my iphone earbuds dangling off the desk. But it scared me to death anyway.
http://acvollers.blogspot.com

Posted by AnnaClaire on 10/22/2010 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

All this because we decided that DEET was a bad thing!

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Posted by txrosejames on 10/22/2010 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

So terrorized by the thought of bedbugs I forgot to include my url: http://thegreatmirth.blogspot.com/

Posted by Nicole on 10/22/2010 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

I too am completely freaked out by all the media reports on bedbugs. So much so that when we planned to take a week's vacation this past summer I spent hours trolling The Bedbug Registry (www.bedbugregistry.com) to see if the hotels we were planning on staying at were on the list. And while, thankfully, there were no reports I still checked the mattresses, headboards, pillows etc. when we checked in.

So far so good but now my son's kindergarten teacher wants to do a class project where a doll gets to do "sleepovers" at each student's house (long story but it does have an educational purpose). Umm, I think it will just be between our family and the doll that it will be "sleeping over" in the garage. So bad is my paranoia that I don't trust where this doll has been!

Posted by Nicole on 10/22/2010 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

I love your stories! You are such a creative writer.

http://sprocketswife.blogspot.com/

Posted by rubberbacon on 10/22/2010 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Don't let the bedbugs bite — or end their reign of terror

Heh. This isn't making me feel any better about my needing to spend five nights in a strange hotel room in a strange city at the beginning of next month - I've read all the articles on how to check the room for bugs, but am still a bit anxious. To make it worse, I'm not going directly home, but stopping at a friend's new place in a new city on the way home...hate to infest her!

www. quiltbabe8.blogspot.com

Posted by quiltbabe8 on 10/22/2010 at 12:14 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

For people that want to donate their items: you can usually schedule goodwill (or similar facility) to come pickup your goods. some libraries do the same for books, movies and CDs.

Posted by IWANTPERCH on 10/14/2010 at 2:45 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

Ah ha ha ha! I just said the same thing to friends. I watched a couple of episodes and purged several rooms! Granted, the junk mail is creeping up on me again. I should probably head on over to their site again and watch a few clips or a new episode if they have one.
http://www.themusicianandthegeek.blogspot.…

Posted by aricate on 10/08/2010 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Turns out strutting it on the catwalk isn't all it's cracked up to be

Please I saw a Beautiful. Powerful. Fierce. Sexy. Confident. Woman!!! I was so proud to be your long-time reader! You wouldn't want us to put ourselves down and you better stop putting yourself down as well!

Posted by Danniell on 10/04/2010 at 2:48 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

I have begun a 10 things per week purge challenge. I need to post my purged items for this week, though. I haven't yet. It's for both my hubby and I. We both travel quite a bit and so our challenge is to get rid of 10 things each, every week that we are actually home (can't get rid of stuff if we are away from home ;-) ).
An earlier comment really hit home with the comment:
"i'll never understand how you Americans have $150 worth of stuff in your garages and leave your $40,000 vehicles in your driveways."
This is what is now going on in our garage. Silly us!
I would like to look around my home and my garage and know that we have only things that we LOVE surrounding us. And THAT is my ultimate goal.
Thanks for this article. I am going to go and post my item for this week, right now!

www.polyphase.ca/kc

Posted by KC on 10/02/2010 at 7:37 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

haha...I love it! I'm super organized the way it is, but after watching that show for the first time, I took every single thing out of my kitchen cabinets and washed them all out. And I started purging our attic too!

http://motherofamiraclebaby.blogspot.com

Posted by Casondra on 10/02/2010 at 1:14 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

Oops. I forgot my url:
http://cindysclipboard.blogspot.com/

Posted by Cindy Powell on 10/02/2010 at 12:38 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

By nature, I'm an organized person. After cleaning out my parent's house I vowed my house would not get in the same shape. And their house was not anything like what is shown on Hoarder's (well, the garage was pretty bad!)

The Husband and I keep a donation box in the basement and we constantly evaluate items as we open cabinets, closets, drawers, etc. If we haven't used the item in a while, into the box it goes. When the box is full, off to Goodwill it goes.

Funny, I'm working on re-organizing kitchen cabinets now. Everything is having to pass our "use" test!

I felt so sorry for the people shown in the Hoarder's episodes, I had to stop watching it. Bless their hearts.

Posted by Cindy Powell on 10/02/2010 at 12:37 PM

Re: “The Hoarders Method of Housekeeping

I've never seen that show but we do get Clean House over here and it is similar. You're right--it certainly does inspire one to clean.

www.amysadventures.org

Posted by AmyDM on 10/02/2010 at 2:46 AM

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