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