A day in New York City.(18 posts)
Well, first, I make sure all is very sterile before going to work.
I strip as soon as I get home and shower.
Today at work, I see a girl at my work with what looks like bed bug bites down the back of her arm. A row of bites...
Red from scratching. I think to myself do I take hard aside and say something. Like I had the same situation, better check out your house. Did she just get bit at our work place?
I say nothing. Of the F train. I now just stand. I see a women with 3 children get on the train. He little girl sits down. I swear I see and bug on her oink dirty jacket. I just stare and sure enough the bugs starts crawling up in to her neck line. I say in dis belief, in a low voice. There is something on your little girl. I don't know what I was thinking. The women, of course flicks the bug off on the floor. I think, Ick. I should have just let it stay on her, not infest the subway. Nice , not so nice.
I don't know what to do. I am so grossed out. Life just will never be the same. People still sitting in the wooded seats on the subway station and picking stuff of for stoops that people leave out. I want to just pass out those cards that Doug has to educate people. Panic sets in.
Espically after reading that California study that says 40 bed bugs can grow to 5905 bugs.
My friends and shrink, say when are you going to let this go.
Damm New York is in=fested and it is a war zone.
My friends, I believe that we in the cities were the first to experience the bed bug problem but as we have witnessed this is growing problem and eventually many more will suffer. How are we going to live in bed bug hell?
Your shrink may eventually come to you for advice on bed bugs when the day comes that your shrink gets bed bugs too, then you can charge this person for your advice. I for one am not happy about sitting on my therapist's chair because I believe that a possibility exists that her office will some day be infested too.
Holy creepy - New York sounds like a bad, bad scene!
I totally agree w/Dan that it's only a matter of time before the shrink comes to you for advice. I've been hearing the same things about being 'overly concerned'... Sheesh. Anyhow, despite it all, things could be worse... What if they mutated & grew wings? Yike!
If I remember correctly, bed bugs did fly at one time.
my spirits are sinking lower and lower each day. i was so finished with the phobias, checkings and recheckings. i am at square 1 again. holy ____. this is unreal
> If I remember correctly, bed bugs did fly at one time.
Ha ha ha ha. Thanks, LtDan. For some dark reason, this cracked me up.
Nightshirt - what's the story? Are you reinfested? Maybe you've posted a topic recently and I missed it, I'll go look. My deepest sympathies if this is indeed true.
I was just thinking. I wonder how many homes in NYC are infested. I have no data to back this up, but I could easily believe its 100k (considering there are 8 million+ people living here)
That would be one in eighty.
There are a lot of statistics I wish we had.
A hotel worker I know in Northern Ky (across the river from Cincinnati)told me a few weeks ago about a stat. She said 1 in 4 houses. I have no idea where it came from or how true it is but she certainly confirmed the hotel had them and was constantly battling bb's. She also has some pretty funny stories about call girls I'm waiting to hear...
1 in 4...
Living with bed bugs really sucks. But I think I've come to a point where...okay, I've done everything I can possibly do, to treat my things and go on with life. If a bug happens to come along with me to my new condo, then at least I can control the situation and call exterminators right away and deal with the situation properly. We can't go through life and let these bugs take over. You can only do so much. Do what you can to get rid of the problem, but don't let it take over your life. Your well being (physical and mental)is more important. I worry less and less each day, I've stopped checking clothes I take to work as I only put on fresh and clean clothes. There comes a point where you just have to stop or you're going to worry yourself sick.
Double post - makes you wonder about sci fi movies...like War of the Worlds. Amazing how one species can spread so quickly in a short time and infest everything.
In Brooklyn, People are having lots of summer stoop sales. They leave the remained of the items out on the street they have not sold for people to pick up. 3 times this week, I have stopped and said. You know NYC is having a major bed bug epidemic and I would be very careful_NOT_ be taking items home. There are always lots of nice furniture , books and clothing. Each person has said" Thanks" BUT still walked away with the items in there hands.
I just witness an apt owner- he owns 3 buildings (and is quite well off) on my block put a broken chair in his car. I told him, he still took it.
The guy who lives in the basement of my apt. A very nice man who has to sort the trash and probably gets free rent for it. Also feed 70 pigeons a day and they all poop all over our stoop. I saw down there to day and it is a huge junk yard of stuff he has collected all over from the streets. He is below my apt. He is very kind. WHAT is is going to take...
People still sitting on those wooden benches in the subway. I want to say something but do not. Like have you not seen the NEWS.
Not only are they taking them home but adding to the seats IN the subway car by sitting on those seats.... So I am going to start saying something.
PEOPLE NEED TO BE EDUCATED. Then they don't care of what. They all spoke English....
I see in the trash, not even in the trash - on top of the closed trash can. A pillow marked with feces and a sheet, someone 3 doors down probably threw away in a panic, not even bothering to put in plastic or even in the garbage, just laying there out in the open.
This is distcusting. WHY IS THE PUBLIC NOT BEING EDUCATED WHAT TO DO. The poor person whos window is right beside this. I would take a photo , but it is raining and i don't want to get to close. UNBEIVABLE all this stuff i see, now that i know, New York is in a crazy epidemic and no one wants to deal with it.
Once infested and you deal with the first year of bed bug war it does get a little easier as time passes and you keep vigilant.
That is if you have got the problem under control. Continue battle tactics but more now on an offensive not a defensive approach.
i agree that it is so hard to live life day to day in nyc after experiencing bed bugs. the subway ride is very difficult for my stress levels! i have to sit on the train now because i broke my foot, otherwise i would not sit! i spend the entire ride inspecting the people next to me and the area around the plastic seats.
i wish people were educated about all the precautions necessary, but unless you have gone through it and have read this blog, people just dont think it is that big of a deal. whenever i go out to a bar or restaurant or movie theatre i want to bag my clothes after but my boyfriend, who i live with does not take the same precautions, so what is the point of me doing it if he is just going to come in, sit on the couch or throw his jeans on the bed. i freak out when i see this but lots of times i come home and stuff is just laying around.
part of me wants to move out of the city, but they are everywhere. im so stressed all the time and all my friends think im going nuts. how do we move on and be normal again?
People drink and drive
people have irresponsible sex
people text and drive
people eat bad foods
people don't clean up after their dogs
people infest themselves and others with BB. Of course they cry for someone to fix the problem for them, or pine for the long lost magic potion that goes by the initials D, D and T.
Try to educate them and you sound like wawawawawa.
Yeah, I get what you mean. Sometimes I look my neighborhood up on the Bedbug Registry and I just want to cry -- there are so many red dots within three blocks of my apartment!
But personally I'd rather live here... I think we have it worst right now, but we're also going to be fixing it first. Does that make any sense? I feel like, because we've got the worst epidemic, this is going to be the first place where public policy gets figured out, people do get more educated, etc. I think I've already seen the benefits of living here, when I called my landlord to report the problem. I didn't have to explain what BB are or anything... he already knew and he gave me the number of the exterminator he already works with, who has dealt with the bugs before and knew how to go about eradicating them.
I know a lot of people on these boards weren't so lucky, even in NYC, but c'mon. We've got Killer Queen! We've got ads on the subway with pictures of bedbugs. It's not great yet (my neighborhood is FULL of discarded mattresses, too) and there's a lot of misinformation, but NYC probably has more public awareness of bedbugs than any other city. At least people here know they are real. Every other person here has them or has had them. When I first told my coworkers what was going on, I was given a big bag of DE by one of them who had dealt with bugs in his condo the year before. Being in the front lines of the war right now means, to me, that we're going to be the first to figure out how to control them for good.
prayforamiracle, why do i have the strong feeling you are in park slope? this so desirable neighbourhood has a new enemy and i don't mean rats, i see more exterminators, PCOs around quite a bit... or is it that i'm more aware?
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