Huffington Post on bed bugs (part II); and google

by nobugsonme on October 22, 2007 · 6 comments

in bed bugs, meta

Nicholas Brown continued his bed bug diary on the Huffington Post last week, sharing a saga which is remarkably similar to that of many of our readers.

Brown describes his interaction with his management company (which went better than expected). They did not even want to see a sample bed bug, as he expected they would. Not to be alarmist, but if the management company don’t want to see a bed bug, and you have a ziploc bag of 12 of them readily available, there’s a pretty good chance you are not the first person in the building to complain about bed bugs.

The usual response to the first person in a building to claim they’re being bitten by bed bugs in their apartment is complete and utter disbelief. Brown was right to trap samples, since he saw them. Many Bedbuggers are not so lucky. I use the term “lucky” in the relative sense, as in knowing what is biting you is better than not knowing. Not as in “lucky-to-have-bed-bugs.” Despite recent requests of one reader who doesn’t have bed bugs for a sample of them to experiment on, the phrase “lucky to have bed bugs” is yet to be uttered or written, from what I can see.

Brown also complains about his experience searching for bed bug info on the internets:

Sadly, information about bedbugs on the internet is like information about anything on the internet: unreliable and hugely varying in quality.

The first search results are the big-name exterminators and Wikipedia. Next are the bed-bug equivalents of penis-enlargement advertisements: a site that sells a spray to kill all bedbugs without hassle and another that promises same day elimination of the creatures. From my, admittedly vague, understanding the only same-day solution to bedbugs is a flame thrower and a will for arson, so I am skeptical.

Next come the overenthusiastic university entomology departments (a typical entry, from Cornell: “under ideal conditions bedbugs feed regularly when temperatures are above 70 degrees.” The ‘ideal conditions’ in question are, of course, unlivable.) Finally there are the blogs, including, which I am willing to say is overwhelmingly the absolute no-holds-barred best bedbug website ever invented ever. Of course, they were the only ones to reference my last post, so my objectivity is not absolute.

The shout out is much appreciated! Though somewhat ironic. If Brown (and others) would like to improve the bed bug search results, why not link to useful sites like Linking raises page rankings, mentioning doesn’t. (Perhaps Arianna does not permit linking in her blogs.)

The Truth Laid Bare, which ranks website popularity, today lists us as #1629 most popular blog in terms of traffic (number of people reading each day). But we are #51338, if popularity is judged in terms of links to our site from other sites. The discrepancy is quite something, don’t you think? A glance at the other sites listed suggests it is unusually large.

This has something to do with why it is hard to find if you do a google search for “bed bugs”. Yes, it’s true. I have stooped to groveling for links. If you have a bed bug-related website, and you find this site useful, please give a link.

1 hopelessnomo October 22, 2007 at 10:42 pm

That Nicholas Brown is… what is the term of art I’m looking for? One Smart Cookie? We like you too, Nicholas.

Also, isn’t it irresistible to think that there is some glimmer of a reversal in Isabella’s future?

And why stop with Isabella, while we’re at it, can we not foretell some Rude Awakening for NCGigi, the author of comment #2?

Get with the program, girls! It ain’t rocket science!

2 nobugsonme October 23, 2007 at 12:45 am

NCGigi is indeed up for a Rude Awakening. Repeat after me, kids, bed bugs are not dust mites. Bed bugs are not dust mites. And they do not spontaneously appear if you leave your home dirty.

No word on Isabella this time. eh?

3 James Buggles October 23, 2007 at 3:44 am

Yes, thank God there’s no such thing as spontaneous generation. That would suck.

4 nobugsonme October 23, 2007 at 4:03 am

YES! Go to sleep, Buggles.

5 Maciej Ceglowski October 24, 2007 at 12:36 am

I added a link to you on our about page, which I had been meaning to do for a while. Now you can enjoy a small portion of the server-melting tidal wave of traffic we face every day over at the bedbug registry…

6 nobugsonme October 24, 2007 at 1:10 am

Thanks, Maciej!
If everyone who HAD bed bugs went on your site to register their address, it would shut down the server…

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