You can click here to see a map of the last 90 or so visitors to the site. It will look different from what I describe below, because I am writing about what I saw there about 4-5 hours ago. Now it’s almost midnight in New York, and the Aussies are starting to surf in.

For those of you who don’t know, webpages can tell where you’re coming from (though not very specifically). They know the location of your ISP. For most people, this comes up as somewhere near where they live, though it’s not always precise and sometimes it’s just the country. It also tells the webmaster what internet browser you use (Go Firefox!) and whether you like Macs or Windows machines. No, I do not know your name, or where you live, don’t worry!

This may all seem very “meta,” so far, but we know that our readership consists of four kinds of people:

a) People who have, or think they have, or recently had, bed bugs.
b) People whose work makes them concerned about bed bugs (pest control professionals, entomologists, politicians, landlords, hotel managers, social service agencies, government officials, are just some sectors that I have heard from).
c) People who have heard about bed bugs and are concerned, and want to know more.

I think that group (a) is in the majority, and although most people don’t comment, most commenters fit in group a. In any case, the readership is a map of bed bug concern, and you’d be pretty safe betting its a map of where bed bugs are popping up–with the caveat, of course, that our site pops up more in US search engines than those abroad, and also that our readers are overwhelmingly English-speakers, though we have dreams of breaking down those linguistic barriers!

This is where the last 89 readers were reading the blog (circa 6:30 this evening):

1. San Diego, California, United States
2. Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
3. Walden, New York, United States
4. Long Island City, New York, United States
5. New York, New York, United States
6. Plattekill, New York, United States
7. Hull, Quebec, Canada
8. Durant, Iowa, United States
9. Miamiville, Ohio, United States
10. Gibraltar
11. Calgary, Alberta, Canada
12. Boston, Massachusetts, United States
13. Humble, Texas, United States
14. Germantown, Maryland, United States
15. Rowland Heights, California, United States
16. New York, New York, United States
17. New York, New York, United States
18. Hadley, Kentucky, United States
19. Buffalo, New York, United States
20. Hveragerði, Arnessysla, Iceland
21. Pine Falls, Manitoba, Canada
22. Livonia, Michigan, United States
23. Bayside, New York, United States
24. Woodhaven, New York, United States
25. Denver, Colorado, United States
26. New York, New York, United States
27. United States
28. Waterloo, Quebec, Canada
29. Los Angeles, California, United States
30. Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
31. Santa Maria, California, United States
32. Beamsville, Ontario, Canada
33. Kansas City, Missouri, United States
34. Corona, New York, United States
35. Barker, Texas, United States
36. Readville, Massachusetts, United States
37. Palo Alto, California, United States
38. Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
39. Mill Valley, California, United States
40. Ridgewood, New York, United States
41. Mehama, Oregon, United States
42. San Francisco, California, United States
43. Feeding Hills, Massachusetts, United States
44. Swedesburg, Iowa, United States
45. Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
46. West New York, New Jersey, United States
47. Lancaster, Blackpool, United Kingdom
48. New York, New York, United States
49. Miami, Florida, United States
50. Anaheim, California, United States
51. Harrow, Harrow, United Kingdom
52. Wilsonville, Oregon, United States
53. Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
54. Forest Hill, Ontario, Canada
55. Wayne, New Jersey, United States
56. Kecskemét, Bacs-Kiskun, Hungary
57. Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
58. Short Hills, New Jersey, United States
59. Seattle, Washington, United States
60. Jackson, Mississippi, United States
61. Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
62. Secaucus, New Jersey, United States
63. Long Island City, New York, United States
64. United States
65. Tranbjerg, Arhus, Denmark
66. Naples, Florida, United States
67. San Francisco, California, United States
68. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
69. Gainesville, Florida, United States
70. Edmond, Oklahoma, United States
71. Hempstead, New York, United States
72. Everett, Massachusetts, United States
73. United States
74. United States
75. São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
76. Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
77. Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
78. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
79. Downers Grove, Illinois, United States
80. United States
81. Bend, Oregon, United States
82. Henderson, Nevada, United States
83. Montréal, Quebec, Canada
84. Sunnyvale, California, United States
85. Arlington, Texas, United States
86. United States
87. New York, New York, United States
88. Fairfax, Virginia, United States
89. Rochester, New York, United States

You might expect that most of these people came from the bed bug hot spots. We get lots of readers from Chicago, Boston, NYC, San Francisco, Vancouver, Toronto. So it’s surprising that 89 people came from such a wide variety of places:

68 from at least 33 states (only 12 of these from NYC, San Francisco or Boston);
11 from 5 provinces in Canada;
4 from 4 cities in the UK (none of them London);
1 person each from: Hungary, Ireland, Denmark, Brazil, Iceland, and Gilbraltar.

In New York state, 10 of the 17 visitors were from NYC. And of the 10 in NYC, 60% were in Queens, where, unlike Staten Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Manhattan, each neighborhood has its own name used for the purposes of the postal service: Ridgewood, Corona, Long Island City, Woodhaven, Bayside, New York, are all in Queens, and part of NYC. Remember the Queens Gazette speculating that Queens was the “ground zero for NYC’s bed bugs? Well, I am still not sure it’s true, but it seems plausible: we certainly have a lot of Bedbuggers in Queens.

I peeked at the traffic report for the site because I have a geeky side and I find it interesting to know where you’re coming from. However, looking at it can tell us something about the bed bug problem. This is not a scientific study, but just a snapshot of our site’s traffic does tell you who’s worried about bed bugs (and, we can assume, many are worried because they have bed bugs).

Most of those cities were not capitals or the biggest cities in their regions or countries. A small percentage are from those places you think are hot spots. It should serve as a warning sign that bed bugs, like Bedbuggers, are everywhere, and way more spread out than you thought.

1 Bugalina April 17, 2007 at 7:55 am

I wish more of these people would visit the Forums and share their stories with us.
I wonder if they realize that there is an excellent support group on this Blog……If they click on the Big Blue Bug ….they will find people in the “Bed Bug Foxhole”…all trying to help one another through this…men and woman alike…people of all ages…if you need some support, want to give some advice, or just ask questons, I highly suggest you go into the Forums..Deb

2 nobugsonme April 17, 2007 at 10:11 pm

I think this comments thread is quiet because I did not say the word “lingerie.” “Lingerie! Lingerie!”


3 hopelessnomo April 18, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Not sure where to post this, doesn’t really belong anywhere, perhaps it should be a forum message, but there’s something about the guy that irks me, so I’m simply putting it here following Nobugs’ lingerie invocation. (Thanks for making me smile with the movie references, Nobugs, that’s kind of hard to do these days.)

If anyone is still wondering who the London PCO is who was quoted by someone on the yahoo group and whose comments seem to have created such interest, I’m pretty sure it’s this guy. In fact, I’m pretty sure he even commented here but I’m not able to find his post. His yahoo group posts can be searched by his name, David Cain. They kind of speak for themselves. He was pretty keen on collecting information from yahoo group members–see his uploaded Excel worksheet–but very cagey about giving out any. I think he frequents Sean’s site too. Anyway, you can go to his website and contact him if you want. It could be a completely different David, of course, but what are the chances.

4 Bugalina April 18, 2007 at 5:04 pm

I did contact…David…I will go look at the sheet but I must say honestly that he has been very polite in all of his responses to me…He did not divulge the chemical make up of his pesticide but I really can’t blame him for that…trade secrets..but he always replys and is always polite….unfortunately he has shared with me that bed bug business is booming in London…I think there are many people in the bed bug business that cull info from the Blog….I hope one of them strikes it rich and comes up with a “killer solution”…

5 willow-the-wisp April 18, 2007 at 6:58 pm

That’s exactly what I hope too Bugalina. More forum chatter … Nomo, I looked at the site … quickly … it reminded me of something totally different fleas–not an insult to this guy’s comercial looking website at all, but this guy did mention fleas.
So my mind roamed…………………………..
Today I went for a walk in the wind. I sat on the concrete wall by the SF library … NOT ON THE WOODEN BENCH—ON THE CONCRETE WALL.
A little bitty bug was there, it had wings, and it hopped a few feet. It was black.
It was a flea …. A winged flea on a 5 foot CONCRETE wall near the grass but not in the grass–Off course I squished it, as I squish anything these days that moves but doesn’t wag its’ tale meow, talk or have a snout.
And so there I sat in my lingerie x3 (It was cold and so I was bundled up in what few of my unmentionable undergarments I still had … I was just sitting there squishing this little lone flea … I feel I fit right in with the rest of the crowd. What I wound up thinking about was all the flea talk from the forums what was it? 4 and 5 days ago? Do they only bite your ankles? Can you infest your bedding …. Yup I thought. As I left with a lttle shiver … had I not squished this flea …. I might have just as well hopped up onto my delicates and I could have taken it home, flash froze it, then peeled it off my bra some lime later in the evenening. (But like that is such a complex process) so I just squished it instead. Somebody—tell me What thread does the flea talk I’m giving here belong in?

On a serious note and to the whole world? I’d give both my canines for 300 fleas in my braw over 3 wall louses (bed bugs) ANY DAY of the year!!!

6 nobugsonme April 18, 2007 at 7:23 pm

Sounds like every Bedbugger conversation for two weeks all jumbled together.

7 willow-the-wisp April 18, 2007 at 8:23 pm

And I’m sure it made some sense then,

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