Craigslist warns of bed bugs in Pawtucket curbside freebies

August 6, 2015

It’s not unusual to see “curb alerts” on Craigslist, where a poster lets others know of something laying on the curbside to be freecycled. However, today we have a Craigslist poster warning others not to take the items outside a particular address in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, which the poster claims has bed bugs: The ad […]

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Want to give the gift of bed bugs? Craigslist can help.

September 27, 2010

We knew you could get bed bugs from Craigslist, but this is not what I was expecting. Mela commented on this post: Out of curiosity I searched Craig’s List for bed bugs and came across this which horrified me. I flagged it and encourage you all to do the same. It sickens me that people […]

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Spread bed bugs quickly. Ask me how!

February 20, 2010

If there was ever a reason to hand out buttons bearing such a slogan, this is it. AlisaS writes on lifestyle forum The Nest , One of my patients told me her friend had a big garage sale to get rid of all of his bed bug infested furniture and didn’t disclose. This happens more […]

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Caveat dumpster! Do not take those Brooklyn sofas, Craigslist readers

May 5, 2009

Those Craigslist crazies are at it again, this time in Bushwick/East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Check this out: CURB ALERT: 2 nice couches (Bushwick/E. Williamsburg) Two very nice couches have been thrown out in front of 15 Thames St, in Bushwick/East Williamsburg. One is red velvet, the other is a floral pattern. They both have signs that […]

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Megan McArdle on bed bugs and Craigslist

February 12, 2009

There’s a little bed bug consciousness-raising going on in this post from Megan McArdle on her blog, and even more in the active discussion which follows. MacArdle writes: Craigslist springs up to facilitate low cost transactions between individuals: good! The market for used furniture booms, allowing people to furnish their houses more nicely/cheaply, while […]

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Curbed on Craigslist bed bug-infested studio for sale

August 22, 2008

Curbed has also covered the Craigslist story I mentioned in this comment. For those who missed it, let’s revisit: There’s an ad for a studio apartment at xx-xx Broadway being offered at $119,000. I just went to see it this afternoon. It’s disgusting. There was a boxspring in there covered in bedbug fecal matter, and […]

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Another Craigslist bed bug story

August 21, 2008

It’s a dangerous time for taking in secondhand goods. These days, you don’t need to crawl the curbside looking for secondhand furniture that may contain bed bugs. Craigslist, Freecycle, and similar websites offer forums where people with stuff can connect with people who can buy it or take it for free. Inevitably, some of that […]

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How to spread bed bugs, in three easy steps!

August 14, 2008

Question: Do you live in Astoria, Queens and have bed bugs? Want to move out of your bed bug-infested apartment and avoid the hassle of destroying and tossing out your infested furniture and other items, including a futon and a captain’s bed, and stuffed animals? Want to expose lots of people and their neighbors, co-workers, […]

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Craigslist bed bug warnings

December 24, 2007

We know bed bugs are all over Waterbury, CT. And all over Craigslist. Craigslist reader BOB warned fellow Craigslisters (namely residents of Oakville and the Waterbury area) to beware: re oakville Reply to: Date: 2007-12-20, 11:07PM EST Watch out for bed bugs. THey are spreading fast. They are all over waterbury and the reactions […]

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So the Craigslist guy is escaping his bed bug-infested dorm for… Greenpoint?!?

December 15, 2007

Remember this guy? Well, he’s back. And it’s hard to believe, but he sounds even less charming than last time. He updates the world that his dorm bed bugs have come back, and he is now moving to a non-bed bug-infested apartment in Greenpoint. (Dude, no bed bugs in Greenpoint?!? Maybe that old landlord has […]

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New York Magazine on bed bugs

November 13, 2007

New York Magazine has a new bed bug story dated November 12th (print edition of 11/19), by Melissa Kirsch. It contains lots of solid advice about not picking up curbside furniture, being wary of Craigslist finds, and searching for fecal spots and blood stains. But it also contains some advice we don’t normally see. Especially […]

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Today show recommends sharing used mattresses on Craigslist, Freecycle

November 6, 2007

On the Today show this morning, Katie Couric Meredith Viera said, “You can’t live in New York without finding old mattresses and TVs along the curbside because people don’t know what else to do with them. But there is someone who will take them.” Her interviewee, Chip Giller of, suggested going to Craigslist or […]

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