Are they bed bug bites?

A reader’s bed bug story

September 26, 2008

stayoffmybaby writes, Here’s my success story. Unfortunately, it highlights the hopelessness of the situation if you can’t afford to move. We lived on the Upper West Side of New York on the 5th floor of an overcrowded, 15-unit, prewar, walk-up tenement for 2 years with no problems (other than the $1750 rent for a filthy […]

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More Toronto bed bug stories from Joe Fiorito

September 15, 2008

Our favorite Canadian journalist is back on the bed bug trail. In this article, he shares the story of Marg, a single mother battling bed bugs and the ensuing mountains of laundry. She’s killed three vacuums since January. She said, “It started in January of ’08. I’d fall asleep on the couch and wake up […]

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British NHS hospitals have frequent pest infestations, including bed bugs

August 5, 2008

Two articles today, from the BBC and the Telegraph, report British National Health Service facilities are battling lots of vermin, including bed bugs. The Telegraph reports that 127 of 171 hospital trusts responded to a survey, and 100 had kept detailed information on the types of infestations: Of the trusts that collected detailed information 80 […]

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Bed bugs in a senior apartment building in San Diego

July 17, 2008

NBC reports that there are bed bugs in a senior apartment building in San Diego: It’s happening at the Westminster Manor, which is home to low-income seniors. Resident Rose Chapin, 76, told NBC 7/39 she first noticed the problem in June. “I saw little black spots on my bedspread,” Chapin said. Soon after, she noticed […]

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YouTube video documents a serious bed bug infestation

July 10, 2008

YouTuber Tiffany8884 provides footage of multiple cups containing bed bugs she trapped in her bedroom. The final cup shown in the video contains sixteen bed bugs. None appear to be in the first few stages of development, so, given that there must be many more bed bugs at earlier stages of development, the mind boggles […]

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Harvard dorm treated for scabies–but what was it really? Also, bed bugs at Columbia?

October 26, 2007

Ivy League gossip blog the IvyGate explained this week that the supposed scabies outbreak that forced everyone in the Pennypacker Harvard freshman dorm to be treated for scabies with a full-body pyrethrin cream application (not to mention making them all undergo the extensive laundering and calling-of-romantic-partners that condition requires), is now thought not to have […]

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FAQ: Bed bugs are crawling on me all the time. I am being bitten all day long, no matter where I go!

May 12, 2007

We often hear this from new Bedbuggers–that no matter where they go, they feel they’re being bitten and crawled on. But it’s unlikely. Although you may feel the bites begin to itch any time during your day, and even days after you are bitten, you probably don’t feel them when they actually occur. So if […]

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World exclusive: Bedbuggers experiment with being bitten, on purpose! (Part 4)

April 23, 2007

Editor’s note: Remember from last week, how our hero G experienced no signs or symptoms from his adult and nymph bed bug bites? When it comes to the saga of S and G, things are continuing to develop, literally. Read on for the latest update from S. In case you missed them, check out part […]

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World exclusive: Bitten by bed bugs on purpose! (Part 3)

April 20, 2007

Editor’s note from Nobugsonme: As promised, the much-anticipated third part of S’s and G’s Bitefest 2007. You can click on any of the photos to open the photo on flickr.com, then click “all sizes” to see it at its largest. If you missed part one, it’s here. Part two is here. We promise to keep […]

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World exclusive: bitten by bed bugs on purpose (part 1)

April 18, 2007

Editor’s note from Nobugsonme: this is an exciting story. I must confess, I thought S and G were mad when they decided to beg their PCO/entomologist friend to let them be bitten by bed bugs. He must have too: he made them sign a waiver, but he let them experiment. I am really amazed at […]

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Lingering sensations, phantom bed bug bites: what does a bed bug infestation really do to our skin?

March 16, 2007

Disclaimer: This post is speculative: I don’t understand this phenomenon, or what causes it, but I thought we should talk about it anyway. Having read some pretty weird stuff on the web about bed bugs and other pests, I want to assure you that we Bedbuggers are scientifically-minded. With that in mind, the following describes […]

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