bed bug-infested trash on flickr

by nobugsonme on July 5, 2007 · 4 comments

in bed bugs

bed bugs

Originally uploaded by silverakshi

And this from another flickr user.

1 Bugalina July 5, 2007 at 3:04 pm

I believe that this Blog performs a great service as it was here that I first saw the idea to spray paint infested furniture. I have a question that I really hope a real bed bug expert can answer, I am hoping not for speculation, but fact. However I realize that so much to do with bed bugs is speculative. Here is the question……..Bed Bug infested furniture and bedding is being thrown out by the thousands of pcs. all across the United States. Because there are no laws regulating this practice, people are putting egg and bug infested items on the streets and curbs. In very populated , heavily trafficked areas like NYC, people are walking right by these infested items, and, like the woman it the photo that was posted today from SF…some stand stationary, right next to the infested items. So my question is…I know bed bugs crawl fast…My husband picked one off of me, crawling at top speed on my the daytime…So …What are the odds that these carbon dioxide sensing, blood seeking monster bugs..are leaving the infested goods and hitchhiking onto unsuspecting pedestrians? They sense body heat and carbon dioxide, they crawl fast… So second part of question….Those living in Cities have no other recourse but to throw things out on the streets…Isn’t this just transferring the infestion from one’s apt. to others on the street?

2 James Buggles July 5, 2007 at 8:01 pm

Great question as I have walked past many such items (none marked though that doesn’t mean much). It seems your shoes would be most vulnerable though I guess if they made it onto your shoes they might be somewhere more secure by the time you got home.

Whatever the answer to this question, I have no doubt that the explosion of the used goods economy starting in the mid-nineties with Craigslist and eBay has more to do with the bedbug resurgence than the ban of DDT (banned in the early 70s, 30 years before the resurgence) or international travel (deregulation occurred in the early 80s, 20 years before the resurgence). So when do I start shorting eBay stock?

All kidding aside, I have a question even more important than Bugalina’s but which no one can answer: How extensively have bedbugs penetrated New York? Is it is an epidemic or not?

3 Bugalina July 6, 2007 at 9:38 am

Buggles asks: How extensively have bed bugs penetrated New York? Is it an epidemic or not ?
Bugalina asks: City dwellers have no recourse but to put infested items curbside, Isn’t this just transferring an inside infestation to the outside where the bugs will make their way into the seams of shoes or cuffs of pants? Does anyone believe that hungry bugs will stay put ?

Can we get these questions into the office of Mayor Bloomberg ????????/

4 nyjammin July 6, 2007 at 7:05 pm

Buggles also asked “Is this an epidemic or not?” Click on Bed Bug City Map to the right of this page and nearer to the bottom. Click on NY as a location. All of those “bugs” that pop up all over Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs. If this is not an epidemic than I dunno what is.

I guess its not an epidemic according to NYC. I read somewhere (I tried to locate the source, but was unable, sorry) that complaints about bedbugs were approx. 5,600 only and that the heat complaints in the winter were way more than that at about 250,000. I guess this “epidemic” needs to rise to the 250,000 mark in order for this to be considered something worth paying attention to by our politicians.

Ms. Bugalina: Wasn’t it you who asked “The Bloomberg” about the bedbugs on his weekly radio show (I think?) and he said “What do you want me to do, appoint a bedbug czar?” This just goes to show you that our poor citizens (not poor monetary wise, mind you :)) of the greatest city on Earth will have to endure this for many years to come, I’m afraid.

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