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  1. ohjesusmaryandjoseph

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    Hi there! Hope this is kosher to post here.

    I'm writing a short article about the BedBugger forums, and I'm eager to hear from you about how this site has affected your life.

    Former and current bed bug victims - how did you find the site? How have you used it: posting pictures, asking for ID of bugs/bites/stains, asking for treatment advice, seeking emotional/psychological support, mediating landlord/neighbor issues? How has the site helped/impacted your battle against bed bugs? What's your current bed bug status? How has having bed bugs affected your life in the long run?

    PCO's - In what way, if any, have the boards influenced your practice? What's the farthest you've ever gone to assist a poster? What was the dumbest post? the most desperate situation? the funniest? most heart-warming? What surprised you most about the forum?

    Respond by posting here or emailing me at annadrezen [at] gmail [dot] com.

    This site has calmed my intense panic on more occasions than I can count. Thanks and best of luck to you all.

    Best,
    Anna

  2. NY Bug Man

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    Anna,

    For me it has helped me become a better PCO because i get a better understanding of the perspective of the customers by reading the posts on here. It helps me to learn how to approach frantic customers as well as those customers who may not have bed bugs, but they have a little bit of bed bug paranoia.

    It also helps my perspective as many pros on here give advice. Sometimes it strikes a chord in me and interests me to research into another method of extermination.

    These forums are truly great for everyone involved. Your never too experienced to learn.

  3. Nobugsonme

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    Hi ohjesusmaryandjoseph,

    Can you tell us what you're writing the article for? Is it going to be published and if so, where?

    You can PM or email me (link in banner in sidebar) if you don't want to say publicly.

    Thanks.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    NY Bug Man -  » 
    For me it has helped me become a better PCO because i get a better understanding of the perspective of the customers by reading the posts on here. It helps me to learn how to approach frantic customers as well as those customers who may not have bed bugs, but they have a little bit of bed bug paranoia.
    It also helps my perspective as many pros on here give advice. Sometimes it strikes a chord in me and interests me to research into another method of extermination.
    These forums are truly great for everyone involved. Your never too experienced to learn.

    Wow . . . Really nice post from a PCO perspective NYBM!

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    Abs wrote:

    Wow . . . Really nice post from a PCO perspective NYBM!

    I am thinking the same thing. Excellent post, NY Bug Man!!

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    Nobugsonme - 17 hours ago  » 
    Hi ohjesusmaryandjoseph,
    Can you tell us what you're writing the article for? Is it going to be published and if so, where?
    You can PM or email me (link in banner in sidebar) if you don't want to say publicly.
    Thanks.

    Emailed you! It's for an internet culture site called Daily Dot. http://www.dailydot.com

  7. bedbugtakeover

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    Yay bedbugger!

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    ohJM &J,
    I found this site by my phone's internet after a relative notified me she had them, again. One of her children was staying with me at the time and going back and forth before we knew. I immediately thought, "well that explains the strange line of bites on my arm I had received that night and proceeded to totally lose my mind! (I still hadn't looked, or even thought to look, for internet answers).
    I called Mom! She assured me that because we live in Florida it's no big deal, there are lots of bugs here, and to calm down! Little did she or I know these aren't the average bug. She's never had them.
    She purchased Hotshot Flea and Bedbug Control spray and said the store folks were very helpful and this will take care of the bugs, no problem. So I followed the instructions on the big bottle and masked up and sprayed away. (I later learned this may well be why they are now in my walls, after becoming more educated on bed bug behavior from the experts.) Later that night was finally when I started looking at many bug and bed bug specific sites.
    I found Bedbuggers was full of advice and information, both from fellow sufferers and actual professionals in the field! I haven't left and don't even bother with other sites anymore.
    This site has been extremely helpful with advice on my situation and others on theirs, too. They (meaning fellow sufferers, survivors, and professionals) have gone way above and beyond any other site in regards to advice, identification from uploaded photos by experts (of bugs and even walls in my case), an entomologist will check samples sent for an exact id, and the pros will actually research answers to the many, many varied questions and inquires. If possible, some of the pros are even willing to do a walk-through of an infested site to offer treatment advice. They are helpful with landlord/tenant issues (again, researching for them, too), and positive support, support, support, even when I was totally out of my mind!
    This site and this site alone is responsible for my ability to return to sanity. Partially due to the outstanding advice and partially due to the education I received from the actual experts, fellow bedbuggers, survivors' stories, and the excellent faqs on the site.
    In the long run I now know this is not a lifetime sentence of bed bugs. I also know that when this finally ends (as I am in the middle of my infestation) there are ways to try and prevent a reinfestation and what to do in case one occurs. Emotionally, I still have my moments, but thanks to this site, I am much calmer and the old me is slowly returning. Although this will have a lifetime impact on me I always know where to go if I need any sort of help.
    The person responsible for this site devotes hours and much energy to keep things running as smoothly as it does. Many folks don't understand what all that involves. I am very thankful for the blog and forum that allows all of the above to occur.
    If it weren't for Bedbuggers I would probably be running in circles trying this and that, whatever I found that someone said worked for them. The issue with that is every situation is different and there are experts here that are willing to give their time, energy, knowledge, experience, and resources to devote to individual situations.
    Although rather long, I hope there is something you can use for your paper and please let us know if it is published, who publishes it and when.

    NOT AN EXPERT but a survivor, twice. Read all the green stickies above, learn everything you can, and listen to the expert advice and your nightmare will end. You too can survive this!
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    I've read some articles on DailyDot. Cool!

    OK, where do I start...

    1) I found this site the way I think most of us did. I stumbled upon it on the internet. After reading a lot of horror stories, it was a site for sore eyes (no pun intended).

    2) I spent hours upon hours reading through all of the amazingly helpful information on the site.

    3) Then I dug into the forum, where once again I spent hours upon hours reading through various posts.

    4) I purchased a Paktite and passive monitors through this site.

    5) I started sheepishly participating in the forum. Slowly at first, just asking a few questions here and there.

    6) I uploaded photos of my bed to ask David Cain for his advice on passive monitor placement.

    7) This is probably the MOST important thing, I found an outpouring of emotional support. I participated in a thread called "Sharing Progress After First Treatment," where I felt as though I really became friends with most of the other participants. We were so supportive of each other that it was the first thread that Nobugs had to shut down not because of negativity, but because the thread became so long that it was getting hard to navigate. Please note, she did have us start a Part 2 thread so that we could continue the support.

    Got rid of my bedbugs though professional treatment and successfully moved without any bugs.

    9) I continue to post to try to help others who are going through the stress. I also continue to post because I love some of the casual banter between the PCOs and old timers.

    Please do post a link to the article once you've written it. I'd love to read it.

    BIS

  10. theyareoutthere

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    In terms of BIS, I think #7 would be an interesting thread for you to read. All of those participants are BB free I believe. The site provides great information and support.

    I'm one of those that had a scare and then implemented practices based on reading the FAQS, reading posts, etc. The protocols implemented don't mean that I'll never have bugs in my home, but it should make monitoring easier.

    It is interesting to hear a professional's perspective.

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    Hi,

    Former and current bed bug victims - how did you find the site?

    I became interested in bedbugs since 2005, when I was a volunteer in a hostel. My volunteer position was to take hostellers to local attractions, and during my tours, I would hear comments from hostellers on their experience with bedbugs. However, I did not think too much of them at that time. In 2007, I got a different job, completely unrelated to the tourism industry, but I began to pay more attention to bedbugs because I stayed in hostels whenever I travelled. I loved how in hostels, you interact more with travellers from around the world. At first, I would check BedBugRegistry to see any reports on the hostels. I would pay less attention to the reports, but more on how the hostel managers would react to the bedbug reports by their guests.

    As there have been more media reports on bedbugs, I began to be more be vigilant; especially, checking my hostel beds and hotel rooms. I would read this forum excessively as a guest, subscribe to BedBugTV on YouTube, read news articles, etc.

    My first real experience with bedbugs was this past July, when I caught a live sample on my bedframe:
    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/bug-identification-please-3

    This incident got me to register as a member of this site to seek support and feedback.

    How have you used it: posting pictures, asking for ID of bugs/bites/stains, asking for treatment advice, seeking emotional/psychological support, mediating landlord/neighbor issues?

    I used the site for posting photos for identification. I read the information on this site to help me with treatment options; questions to ask PCOs; and emotional support.

    What's your current bed bug status? How has having bed bugs affected your life in the long run?

    Bedbugs has changed how I behaved: I stopped going to secondhand and vintage stores, I borrowed more electronic books from the library, I stared at public chairs briefly before sitting down; I would still travel, but be extra careful returning home, using my PackTite Closet.

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    I found this site via internet, after bb were found at my job. Desk, chair, mat under chair--all infested by a coworker that at least 2 supervisors knew was living In a bb infested apartment... They knew, and sat there and watched me sit in the communal chair for 6 months, and never told me.

    I thank God for this site. I don't feel like a hysterically weeping leper...I never knew about monitors, or anything at all about bb other than your life was ruined (I thought).

    For such a scourge, the bb infestation getsno finding from the government. It's pathetic.

    The experiences of bb survivors here are actually pretty interesting. The anecdotal stuff, esp. But to have entomologists here really makes the difference. I think this site has saved lives.

    I'm not an expert just a dumb struggling bed bugger like every body else.
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    By the way, here's a pic of if of the times I got bitten at work. The chair--after I was bitten on the neck the first time-- was peeled back by my supervisor. It had a "wall" of bedbugs I am told. It took this bite you see here to have them throw out the desk and mat, both crawling with bb.

    Leg bite from work

    A few days later I found bb in my house. My LL refused to pay a pco so one if my sisters paid Terminex $900 to get my 800 sf apt done.

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    My current bb status is I haven't seen any bb in my house, not gas pco, but I'm possibly still bitten. At work, the glue traps are full of some kind of bug but the pco hasnt sprayed for 3 weeks. Nothing crawling on me, the floor or my desk-/ tg.

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    Hi,

    I suppose I should really add something:

    PCO's - In what way, if any, have the boards influenced your practice?

    I have learned a lot about the worries and fears that people have which has encouraged me to develop a more education based approach to dealing with bedbugs. For example while most people are getting stuck on "how will I get rid of them" I encourage them to think about "how they got them". Its only in this second endeavor can they really add a massive amount of value to what we do for them. They engage us to resolve the first question but we need their help to make sure no more get brought in.

    What's the farthest you've ever gone to assist a poster?

    I once posted my location during a conference in Argentina so someone who happened to be local could drop by and get an in person sample ID. Of course this became an example in my final talk of the day as to why bedbug specialists need to go behind what is "normal" for pest control. I am visited and help a few people in distress during my global travels and others I could not get to see in person are on my skype list. I even hosted an early public education meeting in a Park in NY during one of my early visits. I guess I am happy to go the extra mile because I also learn from everyone I interact with.

    What was the dumbest post?

    I don't really think of the world in those terms and I am sure someone would only object if I picked out a single one.

    the most desperate situation?

    I still loose sleep about the case of the person who went to radical lengths and literally walked away from her life when she NEVER actually had bedbugs and they were Pscocids. I am such a stickler for confirming because I don't want to see that happen again.

    the funniest?

    Thankfully there are also too many funny posts and comments. It takes a certain kind of person and humor to stick around and help people in an area so filled with anxiety and strong emotions which naturally seems to bring out the darker side of humor.

    most heart-warming?

    Again too tough to pick out a single one. I am always so proud of everyone when people rally around to help someone in need. Its not always public and obvious but some of what has gone on really helps restore my faith in humanity and as anyone who has worked long term on an issue like bedbugs, it gets tested all to often.

    What surprised you most about the forum?

    That it is read by so many people, the site has some of the highest traffic of any internet site let alone being the top place for bedbug information.

    Its a great example of how the internet can be put to good use for once and it literally represents the most extensive body of work on bedbugs there is in the world.

    Good luck with the article and please make it as educational and focused on avoidance as possible because that is the real message of this site. Lest we not forget:

    Spread the word and not the bedbugs

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    This website has changed my life by helping me sleep through countless of nights.

    I don't have bedbugs, but my boyfriend does. This forum helped me learn all about bed bugs, how to make sure I don't bring them home, all about monitoring, and not worrying if monitors are negative.

    I could honestly say that if I ever get them (GOD HOPE NOT!), I am ready to fight this WAR.

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    Interesting article.

    Nobugs, did you get a sex change? JK. But I'm always amused that people automatically assume you are a male.

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    buggyinsyracuse - 28 minutes ago  » 
    Interesting article.
    Nobugs, did you get a sex change? JK. But I'm always amused that people automatically assume you are a male.

    LOL-- no. I don't mind one bit since it helps the "anonymity".

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    Nobugsonme -  » 

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    I'm always amused that people automatically assume you are a male.

    I don't mind one bit since it helps the "anonymity".

    I believe in the beginning I was also one that thought she was a he . . . I think what made me think that was her "title" "your host" instead of "hostess."

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    It's very funny, but also contains a lot of good info.

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    Lol-- AbFr, that makes sense.

    As I am sure you've guessed, I was using "host" in the non-gendered "lunch for bed bugs" sense of the word.


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