by nobugsonme on August 7, 2007 · 5 comments
in bed bugs, mattresses, san francisco
I discovered Social Interloper on Flickr.com was taking mattress photos. They appear to be mostly in San Francisco, and they are very impressive and disturbing from a bed bug perspective.
A Picture is speaks more than a thousand words…..When is the government going to announce to the general public that there is a bed bug epidemic sweeping the United States !!!
I just went onto Social Interlopers pics on Flickr….She has many photos documenting the discarded mattresses in Downtown San Francisco. How in the world is this being allowed to go on. People are discarding their mattresses on the streets next to where people park their cars, and next to where people stand on sidewalks. This is such an outrage…Social Interloper is really capturing this epidemic with her camera…
Yes, Bugalina. And we have blogged her photos and jennylc’s here before. It looks like lots of us who are aware of bed bugs have the same idea about the mattresses and photographing them. I encourage others to do so too!
I can’t do this any more. These friggin bugs are the worse i have ever experienced. they are very populous especially in the heat. Seems to be an epidemic. My family and I can no longer sleep. Help. Nothing seems to completely eradicate these parasites. Very resilient. yuck
The small number of bedbug-infested items found (and often unknowingly picked up) on San Francisco curbs, often lacking any sort of warning signs, still are no indication of the actual scale of the problem. Some owners of rented-out rooms will hide their knowledge of bedbug invasions from most tenants, letting each renter, in turn, fall victim to those bugs seeking to escape a room that’s getting sprayed.
Experience also shows local pest control officials to be somewhat lackadaisical, even dim-witted, in their approach. Roomers are ordered to donate infested possessions, like books, to libraries and charities so that the admittedly ineffectual — except as a flimsy legal foil for unscrupulous (often, aliens of hostile origin) landlords — spraying might commence, with great haste.
Apparently, if the often impoverished tenant has not emptied out all possessions in a certian amount of time, the toxins get applied to anything still standing about the room. No attempt is made to help relocate items, secure storage, hire moving vans, etc. In other words, if a penniless roomer just happens to have a huge collection of books or whatnot, the standing order seems to be: make absurd demands, offer no assistance, then spray everything.
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