Bed bug forums the focus of The Daily Dot

by nobugsonme on December 9, 2014 · 2 comments

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The Daily Dot has a new story about our bed bug forums by Anna Drezen, herself a Bedbugger Forum user who made some of the typical mistakes one makes when one suspects bed bugs:

I really wish I’d found right away, because my instincts about how to address the situation were dead wrong. I decided the best thing to do was come home from work, keep all the lights off, take a flashlight and a knife, and slash open my mattress in the dark while sobbing. I found nothing. Just to be safe, I sprayed my entire bed with rubbing alcohol. A few days later, I marched into my dermatologist’s office holding aloft a Ziploc bag with a spider in it, traumatizing her for life.

This was not the way to win the war.

Oh dear.

Drezen’s story has a happy ending, though:

I’m currently bugless. The nightmare is over. But since I have sensitive skin, an active imagination, and a penchant for rolling around on discarded sidewalk mattresses, I’ll continue using the wonderful, singular, fascinating

Check out “The bizarre and fascinating world of bed bug message boards”, and see what you think.

1 Bob December 19, 2014 at 11:12 am

I found bites on my son 4 months ago and found I had bed bugs in his bed. I panicked, but did a lot of research. In just 3 weeks they are all gone!!!! I bought all of the items on Ebay. Total cost was around $75.00. I purchased mattress covers with zippers, FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth 2 pound size, 91% alcohol at Walmart, spray bottle, and travel bottle sold for shampoo or lotion with flip up cap. First I sprayed both bedrooms with the alcohol. I watched the bugs die in front of my eyes. I filled the bottles with a spoon with the DTE. Next I dusted the DTE around the baseboards and around the bed frame and around the bed legs. Then I dusted the mattresses and put the covers on the mattresses and box springs. I dusted a barrier around the bedroom doors. They only bite at night when you sleep. Your bed is your safe zone. Nothing goes on the bed unless it goes in the drier for 60 minutes on high heat. It fries them! It is now month 4 and haven’t seen any bugs. Found some dry dead bodies. When the bugs crawl thru the DTE it shreds their bodies and drains the fluid out. You can leave the powder down for as long as you want as long as it does not get wet. If it does just re-apply. I am going to leave it down for 6 months to be 200% sure!!!! I hopes this helps others to get rid of bed bugs CHEAP and 100% effective safe way!!!!!

2 blowthemoutdeadbug March 5, 2015 at 1:37 am

I treated my couch by using a blow dryer and haven’t been bitten for a while

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