Spread bed bugs quickly. Ask me how!

by nobugsonme on February 20, 2010 · 5 comments

in bed bugs, craigslist

If there was ever a reason to hand out buttons bearing such a slogan, this is it.

AlisaS writes on lifestyle forum The Nest ,

One of my patients told me her friend had a big garage sale to get rid of all of his bed bug infested furniture and didn’t disclose.

This happens more than you would think: self-serving folks with no ethics whatsoever try to make money off of their bed bug-infested possessions.

(I was going to write: “people with no knowledge that bed bugs spread or no ethics whatsoever,” but then I thought about it: if they did not know bed bugs could be in their stuff, why would they want to get rid of it all?)

I would guess that as bed bug-awareness is spreading, most people doing such a stupid thing would not disclose the presence of bed bugs.

Some people even give the stuff away on Craigslist or Freecycle: hey, thanks!  Free bed bugs, just the thing to financially ruin anyone who already happens to be short of cash.

BrickUnderground asked me recently how people should approach secondhand and thrift-store shopping in the age of bed bugs.  (See their helpful article here.)

There are indeed ways to reduce the risk of picking up bed bugs you or the seller may not be aware are there.  In most cases, you probably can’t entirely eliminate the risk unless items can be sealed in airtight plastic and heat-treated in a dryer or Packtite.  And even stepping into a home or second-hand shop which might contain bed bugs is risky, unless you normally seal yourself into an airtight ziploc for the duration of your shopping trip (note: do not try this).

Shame on anyone who knowingly foists their bed bug problems onto others, whether they’re trying to cash in or not.  And if you want to know why bed bugs are spreading like wildfire, these people are a big part of it.

1 pest February 24, 2010 at 2:42 am

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2 Sawbuc1 February 24, 2010 at 11:07 am

Hey check this out I called the Salvation Army to ask if they do anything about bedbugs and they said they were not interested in talking about it. I asked them how they deal with them to prevent them from being passed on to customers? They told me they were not interested in discussing this issue. Come get your free furniture and pay for the bedgbugs what a deal!

3 Itchy February 25, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Hey This is ITCHY, I got some great news for the Washington DC, Maryland Va, area
U-haul is providing bedbug treatment and service for your funiture mattresses or anything with pests in them! They will come and pick it up fumigate it for you and bring it back or take it away for good!
The things that they pick up that are useful still they treat and donate to the Goodwill or Salvation Army!
What a great service ! The price for the fumigation is very reasonable
if you plan to keep your things!

4 Itchy February 25, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Oh I almost forgot they have an email address for this helpmeU-Haul@hotmail.com
Leave a contact email or number and they will contact you. Don’t call U-haul centeres this is a test market to see how it works . Thank God for bedbugger .com!

5 nobugsonme February 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm


We haven’t seen you post before, I don’t think.

I am a bit perplexed why a major corporation like UHaul would be using a hotmail email address, but I have written them for more information. Thanks for the tip.

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