Bed Bugs and Social Stigma(5 posts)
What level of social stigma do you find is attached to bed bugs?
I personally find that a lot of people have a misconception of bed bugs particularly regarding the relation of bed bugs and hygiene.
Any interesting observations or stories to share?
My knitting circle has one member with BBs (plus apparently me).
It's been interesting. They've been supportive. but the member mentioned the bugs again and one person chimed in "but it isn't because you aren't clean!". So there is that attached to it, but it's being eroded in our group.
mcsmcs - 1 hour ago »
but the member mentioned the bugs again and one person chimed in "but it isn't because you aren't clean!".
That is something which I have come across time and time again when people talk about bed bugs! Its nice to see the surprise on people's faces when they're told that a bed bug infestation has nothing to do with hygiene.
There is stigma. I ignore it though and talk to everyone about our encounter with cimex. However when the wretched television license man wished to inspect the premises to prove that I am being truthful about our lack of television ownership - I invited him in to meet the bed bugs and chuckled as he ran in the other direction.
However in general people have been intrigued and interested in our pests and often enquire about progress.
I haven't encountered much stigma towards me personally when I've discussed it (aside from one extremely judgmental neighbor). However, when I unwisely look on the comments section of the latest bed bug story online I'm always startled by the continuing ignorance that's out there--people cursing bug victims for being "filthy," blaming the problem on dirty foreigners, etc.
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