FIGHT BACK! TAKE BACK THE NIGHT!(2 posts)
Its the middle of the night, I work tomorrow but I still don't want to sleep and you all know why.
This is an outrage.
The world around us is clearly not taking this issue as seriously as it should be.
Its very plain to see from anyone who has ever encountered bed bugs that they suffer an overwhelming amount of physical, emotional, and financial stress.
I can't handle this alone, and no one should. We need to reach out further than just cyberspace. We need to get people involved in this on an international scale. The numbers of outbreaks can only be on the rise.
I'm just an artist who knows nothing about politics., which is why I need the support and input from all the brains out there. This shit needs to be government funded. I live in Canada and have free health care. Bed bugs deal a major blow to my health, thus we need to demand:
Pest Control peeps should be being paid by the goverment. Period. No one should have to pay for these totally random and incontrollable attacks. Bed bugs deal an incredible financial blow which only adds more stress to our unstable mental state. People who suffer from bed bugs are already overstretching their budget with constant washing, electricity bills from keeping the lights on at all hours. cleaning products (steamer), bug control products, and those stupidly overpriced zippered plastic bags, as well as a proper matress encasement. And then of course, a fumigation fee, there's even a fee just to get an inspection done. Bullshit.
Why are all these services so ridiculously overpriced? BECAUSE THESE SERVICES PROFIT FROM OUR MISERY AND EXTREME DESPERATION. They know any price they set we have to meet in order to keep our sanity. This is just wrong, We need to take action that will make the world see the reason why we need to regulate this crap , and we need all the help to get it done.
This is the only solution that I can offer right now, but I think it could be a start:
Unfortunately the only people who are going to read this will be other victims of bed bugs. We feel like lepers, inside and outside of our home. Public places with seating terrify us. This is just a terribly shitty way to live; to live your life in fear. Bed bugs bring out the worst fear in humanity. Non-victims are so afraid they don't even want to think or know about it and avoid it any way they can. Victims are so afraid of spreading it they are even afraid to hug people!
STOP THE FEAR! If it spreads, it spreads, no one is to blame. It is treatable, not fatal, but it can feel like having AIDS.
Here's the only thing I can think of to raise awareness so far:
1. educate yourself as much as you possibly can. Look to every source, but use your common sense to lead you to effective guidance.
2. Come out of your hidey hole, now that you're an expert on bed bugs write an article for your local paper and submit it. Even if they don't publish it, share your articles online and encourage others to do the same. Writing may be what saves us, so we need to get everyone to do it as much as possible and share it with a wider audience than just sufferers.
3. We need an expert survey conducted as wide as we can, online and internationally. If we can get cold hard statistics on the devastation that bed bugs cause we can hopefully get the attention of what we need the most, government support and funding.
4. You tell me.
We also need waaay more scientic reseach looking for a solution to this cause. I personally don't think there is a lot because not as many people would profit from a cheap, easy, effective solution. Instead, our wallets are getting bullied worse than the bed bugs are bullying our bodies!
FIGHT BACK NOW!
Unfortunately we don't have the support of our government, or the perfect solution to this epidemic.
However, there may be one cure, but we all need to investigate it thoroughly to prove its effectiveness. I call this miracle Diatomaceous Earth.
Diatomaceous Earth is a powdery dust to us, but its like little shards of glass to small insects, it cuts them up and dries them out. Also its cheap, and non-toxic. What more do I need to say? TRY IT because so far, its the only (afforable) weapon we can fight back with!
Right now I am using a Diatomaceous Earth product called Green Earth, I bought it at Harper's Garden center for ten bucks (200 g). You will need to buy more than one.
MAKE YOUR BED BITE BACK! USE DE
1.inspect bed thoroughly, elminate any activity you find.
2. take the frame of your bed apart. Wash it with an appropriate soap, spray it, and dust it before putting it back together.
3. Steam your mattress, spray it, dust it, and encase it (do this with your box spring too if you can)
4. use light coloured sheets and bring whats on top of your bed down to a minimum (1 sheet, 1 pillow)
5. people say you shouldn't put DE on top of your bed, but I say run it along along the perimeter of the top of your bed to creat a moat of protection. Try not to touch it or shake it too much
6. make sure your bed is isolated and not touching any walls.
7. put a good amount of DE around the bottom of the bed posts where they can crawl up.
Ok, now if there is a way those [expletive deleted] are going to bite me in my sleep and not step in that shit, someone speak now.
I've also brushed DE in my furniture, carpets, floors, and all along the perimeters of the walls. However, I think its more effective to work around your bed. We don't always know where these bug bitches hide out, but we know one thing: they want our blood. You are the bait. Set a trap.
I want everyone out there with bed bugs to do this because I want people to report back on any results they see. Then we can see how well this product really works by getting testimonials from everyone. Does your situation improve daily/weekly/monthly? That would be an important survey question.
When I first started getting bitten I acted like I had fleas, so I looked for any home remedies I could find. While these home remedies aren't effective in eliminating bed bugs they could be powerful in calming your nerves.
LAVENDAR OIL - we hear it repells fleas, but does it repel bed bugs? We're not sure, but we know it is a scent that relaxes us, so use it where you can, wear it like perfume, put it in your baths
TEA TREE OIL - Another apparent bug repellent. However, it does disenfect bites and soothes irritation.
CITRONELLA OIL - there are other strong smelling oils that are supposed to repel bugs, if someone can elaborate please do. I wouldn't reccommend applying these directly to your body, but it might be an idea to rub it into your wood furniture.
Personally I have been feeling unhealthy due to loss of sleep, stress, and loss of appetite as well. I started taking these supplement because I heard it makes your blood taste yucky to fleas. I discovered that these healthy additives to your diet can boost your energy and your health.
GARLIC - you could either eat a lot of garlic, or take the pills. Garlic boosts immunity and apparently is an aphrodisiac
BREWER'S YEAST - buy the pills because the powder tastes like beer, so far the only food I've been able to stand the powder in is mashed potatoes. Full of lots of B vitamins which is also great for vegans and vegetarians.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR - regulates weight. Also, eases diabetes.
LIQUID IRON - I actually bought this because I was low on iron to begin with. It tastes like blood, which really makes you imagine what it would be like to be a bed bug. I can only stand it in smoothies. Might be a good idea to try if you're getting lots of bites and losing blood.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR SLEEP
notice that I can only tell you how to sleep, but really you can't sleep unless you choose to. I usually do not choose to sleep myself.
1. Boil some fresh rosemary in a bath (buy a plant) for 20 min. Sprinkle some lavendar oil and cool down with cold water.
2. Soak away your troubles
3. get out of bath, apply some nice lotion to your body (maybe lavendar scented) and then treat your bites with a cream. Use polysporin as well to heal. Spray your legs/feet/arms with deep woods off if it'll make you feel better.
4. Put on some freshly laundered or steamed pajamas, cover up as much as you need to be comfortable
6. get a glass of water and some benadryl
7. light some incense. play some relaxing music. Light a candle, but don't sleep with it lit unless you use the utmost caution. Leave a light on if it makes you feel better.
Alright, I've written a little too much for one night, and I feel too tired to edit. Let me just wrap up with my own anecdote. Its only been two weeks for me. Two weeks and I feel like i'm going to have a meltdown. I have not seen one bed bastard yet, but I have done everything to check for fleas and still the bites continue. I had to take the train to see my boyfriend the other day and it was awful. I felt even worse feeling like I was endangering him. These bugs are affecting my life socially as well.
I have been using the diatomaceous earth liberally and the frequency of bites that occured in week 2 have decreased by 50%
The reason why I'm writing my ass off is because its so fired up from being chewed.
I'm tired of losing hair due to stress and freaking out everytime I feel my hair on my body. I'm tired of my flesh being probed by these microscopic rapists.
I HAVE HAD IT WITH THESE [expletive deleted] BED BUGS IN THIS [expletive deleted] HOUSE!
Welcome, Sweet Justice. Discovering bed bugs can hit some of us like a ton of bricks. Lots of uncertainty and mis information. Not sure who you can rely on and trust. Potential toil and expense.
Your post reminded me of myself two years ago (though I ended up with a much easier time than I feared). I also drew the AIDS analogy and said that people need to look after each other (as GMHC, etc., did) and make a stink (as ACT-UP did).
BB are more wide spread than they were two years ago, but we have better tools and better awareness. Yes, there's exploitation due to the relative lack of consumer information, the "shame factor" and rapidly rising demand. I believe that sites like this one, where people can learn the latest on BB, consult authoritative resources and support each other can be very helpful. We have a great Resources page with guides to BB control (my fave is the U of Minn). I encourage you to explore it.
People here have discussed how to protect your visitors and the people you visit, like your BF. (Short version: Change into treated clothes before going there, travel very light.)
"DE" is well known here. Silica (of which DE is one form) is an important tool in pest control. That said, there is an art to its application and precautions need to be taken. Here's a FAQ on it.
Opinions vary on what effectively repels BB, but the experts caution us that with BB, repelling is bad, as it can scatter the bugs through your space and drive them deeper into hiding, while they bide their time. Once your space is treated, you want to attract the bugs over the poisons and powders.
I try to encourage newbites to treat themselves extra nice. You drew a very vivid picture of what you're doing for yourself that should inspire others.
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