Grand Rapids, Michigan apartment complex residents vs. bed bugs

by nobugsonme on September 25, 2008 · 2 comments

in bed bug treatment, bed bugs, bed bugs in the media, michigan

This story from WZZM News 13 in Grand Rapids emphasizes how difficult bed bugs are to treat — a message viewers need to hear more from the news media:

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) – A Grand Rapids area apartment complex is finding out how difficult it is to get rid of bed bugs. “It’s a mess, I tell you,” says resident Deb Bigelow.

Exterminators have been battling the bugs for over a month in the suburban apartment complex. They have taken up residence in over half of the apartments in a 12-unit building.

Residents who are interviewed complain about how treatment has already been going on a month, and about the fumes from pesticides. One tenant notes helpfully that bed bug fecal spots on the mattress “look like mold.”

I was concerned when Kaitlin Oele declared her bed bugs eliminated because, since treatment, she hasn’t “seen any more.” Residents need to know what a rare thing it is to actually see a bed bug; those who do not react to bed bug bites (with itchy marks on their skin) should be cautious about declaring themselves free of the problem.

Also, is it just me, or is there a weird, lingering shot that looks like a red spider rather than a bed bug?

You can read the article or watch the more interesting video below.

1 glitch September 28, 2008 at 9:09 am

I think the “red spider” is actually an early something-instar nymph negotiating human hairs, which seem to elongate the legs, which are too out of focus to count. These look more like the bedbugs I saw and squidged from under the mattress, described in this forum post in my hotel room in West London, UK, than many images and videoes of bedbugs I’ve since seen on Internet. Also, the bugs I saw under my mattress were no more than 2 mm long, and moved slowly. Like nothing so much as red and brown aphids. They were easy to catch and squidge.

2 nobugsonme September 29, 2008 at 12:34 am

Yes, I also thought that might be a plausible explanation for the photo.

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