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  1. Itchybutdealing

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    I know that this is more of a support and help network, but to get an idea of how many of us are east coast, canada, aus...etc. I propose a zip code poll and where you have the bb problem.

    For me: 10024 (NYC)

    My car: Between these two!

    My parents: 11977 (Suffolk County)

    Kids: 2

    Husband: 1

    Own a coop, parents own their home

    Fed Up Meter: 88%

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    From BeeBee:

    Anchorage, Alaska
    Kids: 1
    Dog: 1
    Cats: 2

    Rent an apartment.

    Fed up meter: 70%

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Well as of right now I am bedbug free but I would like to add my 2 cents worth:
    Zip: 68504
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    1 husband
    4 kids
    1 dog
    1 hampster
    2 kitties
    1 bird
    rent an apartment.
    oh and own my own daycare business out of my home. Had my business in the height of my infestation and never transferred to any of the daycare mommies homes!

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    I just updated my profile to include my location. I hope other members are recording where their personal hell is.

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Hell here; Where: Central Canada.

    Kids: all grown up, some grandchildren.
    Health problems: All kinds, including heart attack.

    Own home: Yes, lucky in this aspect.

    Finances: Spending lots of money, getting poorer.

    State of mind: Learning to live with this ##%%&**.

    Funniest thing: Someone said to me last October, "Have you ever seen a bed bug?"
    "What's that?", I said, with nary an extra thought.
    Then she gave them to me.

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    For me: 07103 nj

    own a car

    My parents: 07103 like 3 minutes away
    Kids: 2

    live with boyfriedn

    live in 16 apt building

    Fed Up Meter: 95% already crying miss my daughter sent her to mom's house, i miss her and im going crazy

  7. Nightshade

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Winnipeg, MB
    2 geckos
    2 snakes
    1 fish tank

    Renting a brand new apartment and far too financially strapped to go anywhere else
    20+ suites apparently infested here
    Fed up meter: 80% and rising with each night I catch 2-3 bedbugs crawling on my couch

    This was supposed to be a new beginning for me, a move away from my old apartment I used to share with my ex-fiance, my first place to myself. I'll be spending my birthday caulking cracks and crevices and preparing to get sprayed. Happy birthday to me.

  8. All Bugged Out

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Coatesville PA 19320
    2 kids
    No pets
    Renting a townhouse

    Ferd up meter: Right now Im just crossin my fingers and hoping its all over

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    place: nyc [I'd tell you more, but it's hard enough being an anonymous blogger]

    baby: 1 bed bug website, 22 months

    ferd up: with bed bugs? you have no idea!

    This thread made me smile, though, so thanks to itchybutdealing.

    I started and run the site but am "not an expert."
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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Original problem: 11222 (NYC, North Brooklyn rental)

    Now: 11218 (NYC, South Brooklyn co-op)

    Spouse: 1

    Children: Stepchild, living in another state (and hasn't been able to visit recently, for obvious reasons)

    Pets: Cats

    Fed Up Meter: This one goes to eleven.

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Place: NYC
    Spouse: 3 - just kidding, 1
    children: many nymphs, one died last week on my bed. It was not sad.
    pets: had a couple of kitty kats that had to be put down. I'm grateful they never had to go through this nightmare. It would have added even more insanity to the mix.
    fed up meter: there is no meter. It exploded.

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Crawledon, your post gave me a real chuckle! Thanks for the laugh!

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    happy bd Nightshade
    Crawledon, ave to agrre with Gingerbug LOL funny stuff

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Thanks folks, I'll be appearing here all week...if only it were only a week, right?
    And, yes, happy birthday nightshade! I too, spent my birthday and anniversary dealing with bugs. It's not particularly festive, is it...

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    San Diego. When I meet my maker some day I have a bone to pick with him. WTF! Did you make these little sonsabeetches for!?

    Jim

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Where: Hamilton, Southern Ontario, Canada
    Spouse: 1
    Kids: none
    Pets: none. (i had a pet fish that kicked it shortly after the pesticide treatments. it may or may not have been related, since the tank was sealed closed during treatments.)
    Fed-up-meter: currently bedbug free, but still hovering at around 40%

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Hello. My very own personal hell is Weston Super Mare by the Sea in the U.K. Just thought I'd add this as pretty much everyone else is American or Canadian. We are sadly missing the Grand Peir but still have bugs!

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Hello UK:) The NYC BBs Give a shout out to the UK BBs! They really are world travellers, way more than I am at this point!

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    HEY NYC; 11375
    kid 1 moved 1 year after infestation ended
    finances spent about 6-8,000. i really wanted a new bathroom. started saving again.
    spouse 1
    fed up meter: that is down b/c im not going through it right now but the on my mind meter is an 8, at least.

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    Was 10036 (NYC, Hell's Kitchen)

    but I moved out, surrendering all my furniture and many possessions, and my landlord wouldn't return my deposit or last month's rent even though the entire building is infested. My downstairs neighbor is staying and fighting (with her own lawyer), but I had a world tour to go on - sans bedbugs, I hope, although I'm currently in Australia where I hear they are also making a comeback - and so lost about $10,000 in combined money and stuff. C'est la vie.

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Middletown, Ohio, just about 20 miles north of Cincinnati if you drive right up I-75. Big probloem here. We have a single dwelling, thank god.

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    The beautiful Northwest US.

    Family: One Hero, three testers of sanity (two teenagers; one small fry).

    BBs came to us "from" townhome rental. Currently renting a single family dwelling.

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Hey Beebee! I grew up in Fairbanks. Bed bugs in Ak!?!?! Truly the spawn of darkest evil.
    As for me:
    94109 San Francisco, CA
    Me, my cat and toad.
    Large 6 story apartment complex with horder upstairs neighbor that is not cooperating with the PCO.
    100% fed up. Moving out in the morning! Wish me luck!

  24. Itchy-Scratchy

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    Where: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Spouse: 0
    Kids: one (adult-25 years old)
    Pets: one cat
    Fed-up-meter: because of recent events over the past 24 hours, now at 85%

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    where: brooklyn, nyc (11211)

    kids: none (but, my heart goes out to all who are battling this with kids!)

    spouse: none (single, thank god, i think this would drive away any boyfriend haha)

    apt: currently a 30-unit dwelling, but moving tomorrow to my dad's 5-unit apt building

    fed-up meter: falling alseep right before the sun comes up almost everynight this past week

    comments: as a brooklyn girl born and raised, it pains me to see my neighborhood being PLAUGED by these creatures, this is truly an epidemic and what is it going to take for the City to notice that pretty soon all 8million of us will be affected??? *sigh*

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Queens, NY. Own a coop, therefore can't move.

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    oh gosh, i JUST moved out of 10024 a couple of months ago! we're almost neighbors! (i miss the restaurants but the rents up here are much less painful.)

    zip: 10026 (NYC // Harlem)
    renting, 3BR apt, no car
    housemates: 3 (including BF who doesn't react to bites...sigh...)
    pets: 4 cats (two mine, two my housemate's)
    fed-up meter: itchy but optimistic... what can i say, i'm new here, still hoping we caught ours early.

    luck to all!

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    BB Headquarters, Brooklyn, New York.
    11221

    :psychotic ex-roommate now deemed "Bed Bug Mary"

    :cat won't sleep with me in bed anymore

    :having anxiety attacks because i just got back from a funeral down south and i'm terrified i brought these [expletive deleted] to my dirt poor sister and her 3 kids AND my mom!!!

    :all my friends have bed bugs...

    :the halfway house next door has bed bugs...

    :I wonder what Mayor Bloomberg would think if he had bed bugs???

  29. effinbugs

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    Are there any reports about how common it is in certain regions? Just curious. Seems like a lot of New Yorkers are on this site but it could just be because there are a lot of New Yorkers in general

  30. IveBeenBugged

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    33304 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Faye says hello to all you northerners).

    Partnered but live in my own place (rented 1 bedroom) 5 unit building recently rehabbed 4 other units are still empty. New people moving in starting next month.

    I've been BB free since moving on may 29th after the vikane treatment. I'm leery of new people moving in the building!

    Still check myself every morning and night for bite marks. I'm not sure when I'll get over that and I still can't bring myself to go to a movie theater.

    Strange the things a small bug can do to your brain isn't it.

    Much like crawledon my meter exploded during my infestation. Since the move and the new meter being installed it's around 40%. I'm hoping that lowers with time.

    On the plus side the management company has been very good with me about my previous problem. They sprayed the intitital 2 times after moving in at no charge to me and will spray again if there is a problem in the future (yes they are aware I came from a bed bug infested building and that I had the vikane treatment before moving here).

    Tony

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    The Begbug Registry shows 7 maps: NYC, SF, LA, DC, Boston, Toronto and Vancouver. NYC has many more red dots than the other six.

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    NYC is the epicenter of AMAZING garbage finds!!! when we were taking our stuff to the trash and some skater was looking threw it. he skated on when he saw we were carrying a matress covered in plastic.

    i've picked up a million cool things off the street before. NEVER AGAIN, i tell ya!

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Montreal, Canada
    1 husband
    1 child (3 years)
    No pets (thank god!!)
    Rent apartment in well-to-do neighborhood
    Picked up BBs during a holiday in NYC in Dec 2007
    Still living out of plastic bags and not having guests over. Not so cool.

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    For me: 10128 (on the "wrong" side of the UES tracks)

    No car

    No kids

    No family in the area (but I do Defcon-5 level decontamination every time I visit them)

    1 lovely roommate

    1 boyfriend whose apartment I did not, miraculously, contaminate before I became aware of the sitch (or since)

    I'm a renter

    Fed Up Meter: The speakers are turned up to 11.

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    Brooklyn!
    1 woman
    1 man
    1 child
    2 cats
    1 rented railroad apt. (no money & no tenants' rights)
    just a few bites so far, terror climbing fast

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    Posted 11 years ago
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    Cincinnati, OH...where someone in another thread mistakenly called Cincinnati the "BedBug capitol of the world."

    http://bedbugger.com/forum/topic/is-diatomatious-earth-safe-inside-bedroom

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    San Diego,
    ... and after leaving this beautiful city 28 years ago I came back and received a so warm and happy welcome by these BedBugs I didn't know existed, they really want us to be good friends and socialise every day, all the time, but I am a true loner, have an unspoken kinship with the world and since it's unspoken, there's really no need to tie myself to specific bugs; my own mind is often enough to keep me busy, no need to surround myself with them. I'll move out in 5 months!!
    B

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    effinbugs - 4 days ago  » 
    Are there any reports about how common it is in certain regions? Just curious.

    No one is officially tracking this. The Bed Bug Registry only lists people who submit their information; they tend towards younger/tech-ier types. So even though NYC definitely has a sizeable bed bug population, it also has more of the kinds of people likely to report to the BBR.

    Check this out: a map of visitors to Bedbugger.com since 2 June 2008:
    http://www2.clustrmaps.com/counter/maps.php?url=http://bedbugger.com&type=small&category=plus&clusters=no&map=world

    If we can assume most of our readers have (or think they have) bed bugs, then this gives you some idea how very widespread this problem is.

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    Cedar Rapids, IA 52402(or 52404 i can't remember anymore, moved around a bit)

    Dealing with BedBugs for about a 2-3 weeks now

    Currently living with:
    1 boyfriend
    2 cats
    unknown amount of bedbugs(but i killed 7 today hehe)
    Living in: Apartment complex.. dunno how many, but too many potential people with bedbugs as far as i'm concerned.

    First PCO treatment will be Wednesday of this week(so the 27th of august) we had to wait for the crazy district manager to approve.

    Got the bedbugs from: downstairs neighbor, who bombed, but never said a word to management.

    Found out about it: when i went out for a smoke and the manager saw my boyfriends legs and then freaked out because our building was the only building without a problem. evidently downstairs had them 3 weeks prior to that.. ugh

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    Nobugs, that cluster map is very interesting, but I'm curious, I don't remember giving my location anytime. Where does the location info come from?

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    Northern KY
    1 husband
    2 kids
    1 dog
    Rent a single family house

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    Brooklyn, 11218
    1 husband
    daughter, 21
    Started positing a few days ago
    Own a attached home
    Traveling through houses
    what a mess!!!!!

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    Toronto ON Canada
    1 husband
    son, 9
    Started posting July 31st (thank goodness I found this site)
    Own semi-detached home in continual self-renovation
    BB traveled from detached home next door (7 foot driveway separating)

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    busy with my kids - 4 hours ago  » 
    Nobugs, that cluster map is very interesting, but I'm curious, I don't remember giving my location anytime. Where does the location info come from?

    Most (probably all) websites log your IP address (a set of four numbers, like 44.100.99.2) that identifies your computer connection-- it's usually identifying your internet service provider. The IP address usually gives your general location (ie New York City, Brooklyn, San Diego, Northern Ohio).

    Only I, the site admin, can see this, and I don't share the information specifically, though the clustermap is using it to map where we all login from, and that's being shared in aggregate terms.

    That the site logs IP addresses is mentioned in our Privacy Policy, which everyone is asked to read, along with the Terms and Conditions. You may have read this but may not have known what an IP address is! If you still have concerns, please email me: nobugsonme at yahoo dot com.

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    For me: Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
    Lives: with mom (alcoholic, taking care of her as I have past 11 years)
    Dwelling: Apartment
    Finances: Disability
    Pets: Two Mongolian gerbils, Val and Kilmer
    Fed Up Meter: 95%

    Additionally: I suffer (p-doc diagnosed) obsessive-compulsive disorder (clutter is a necessary 'safe', germphobia/contamination = nono), bipolar disorder (and am easily stressed) and my mother is a narrow-minded alcoholic who doesn't want to do her part -- we live in a one bedroom apt and she sleeps on the couch.. where the infestation began (most likely from her boyfriend).

    Oh, and my landlord thinks this is my fault, and wants to keep it "hush hush" as he said. He won't let on the the apts above, below and beside me (I'm in the corner unit) so I'll just be reinfested anyway.

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    Im from London in the U.K. not sure if i have bed bugs but my sister in law in Margate does and my poor son is covered head to toe in bites. Keeping a close eye and hoping that I havent brought any home with me

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    For me: Barcelona, Spain
    Lives: 4 other dudes, 26-32 years old
    Dwelling: Apartment
    Finances: Man, no job, no car, trying to get by as best I can doing what I can.... have a masters though, irony, huh?
    Pets: just an infestation of hellish little creatures
    Fed Up Meter: after 700 bites, oh at 1000000000% - i may just move out of here, I can't sleep.

    but, pest control came, i get into my bad last night, this is 24+ hours after they left, still a slight odor from the poison and the next thing I know I've got bloody bed bugs crawling all over the bed as if nothing happened. I'm trying to heat up my room to 50C+ with a space heater, it's 30C outside, so maybe it will happen, and aside from that I've been siliconing anything that has a crack - thing is I know where they live, i pored alcohol in the holes, but there's electrical wiring there and well... I dont want to get electrocuted. I'm at the end of my rope here, thinking about putting everything into plastic bags, baking it and moving out.

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    For me: Brooklyn, NY 11209
    Lives: with mom
    Dwelling: Apartment
    Finances: hundreds of dollars in laundry and buying plastic bags, 300+ for packtite, hundreds for dry cleaning and soon hundreds in therapy..mom paid for PCO so can't mention that on my end but still!! Thousands of dollars in bb expenses and rising!!
    Pets: Three kitties, and one Yorkie Poo Pup...
    Fed Up Meter: 100%

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    Place: Northern Kentucky, very close to Cincinnati
    Involved: 1kitty, 1 gecko, and 1 boyfriend
    Dwelling: Condo, multi unit, ours seems to be the only infested one, other buildings are known to be infested.
    Major Problem: Neibhors will not/don't know how to check properly for bb's.
    Expense: Hundreds of dollars in prep, two getaways for sanity.
    Fed up meter: 100%

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    I just stumbled upon this thread and I thought it might be interesting to tag each zip code noted above. And then I realized that people might like to register where they are without posting (so it's more anonymous).

    Most of the people who gave a zip code were in the NY area. Many people above from Cincinnati, the UK, Ontario, etc. did not give their postal or post codes.

    However, I would encourage anyone reading this to add the zip code where you had bed bugs to the TAGS above. You need not post -- and if you don't also post it, no one will know you added your code. Note that if a code is added more than once, there will only be one tag.

    If this little experiment gets to be too many for the system to handle, I might have to start another thread. Feel free to bump this thread to keep it going, or just say "I added mine above" even if you don't want it publicly known which tag you added.

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    11103 (NYC-Astoria)

    Just me, no pets.

    Major problem: landlord who refused to get educated; wanted me to "share" the expense after dumping a good portion of my belongings.

    Rent in Astoria

    Fed Up Meter: 33 1/3%. I am accepting my losses and staying positive. If I get something on passives, god help me.

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    For me: Oakland Michigan
    My car: 1
    My parents: Beautiful sunny southern california "sigh" miss the warmth
    Kids: 3, two girls ages 10&6, and one boy 3 "should I count my hubby as a 4th lol baby I love you if your reading this

    Husband: 1
    Rent a 2 bedroom apartment 4 dwellings in this complex
    Fed Up Meter: 98.7% Although I don't see them, after 1 heat treatment, having anoth er monday "found 1 live bug" I know they are here maybe just in my head.... bites have gone down alot I put 98.7% fed up because our pocket is feeling it the most and so is my mental well being.

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    19607 (Shillington, Pennsylvania), though still within city limits of Reading. An hour west of Philadelphia.

    Me, my fiance, and one child rent a 2BR apartment in a med./large complex. Management claims no responsibility in paying for treatment, so we have done that ourselves. 2 chemical treatments, and after second, since have found 4 more live bugs without trying all that hard. And still cannot find an obvious harborage. They come in from wherever they are, hang out on the bed (sometimes not), I hunt them down, maybe one at a time during the day, and find one or two more crawling on the sheets when I check on my son.

    I'm keeping my specimens taped to a piece of computer paper with dates and times and places I've caught them.

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    I think it would be a good topic to know where everyone believes they got there bed bugs from. Traveling, neighboring apartment etc...

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    diesel - 44 minutes ago  » 
    I think it would be a good topic to know where everyone believes they got there bed bugs from. Traveling, neighboring apartment etc...

    My own theory (admittedly based on no evidence or first hand experience at all) is that people much more often than not don't know where they got their bugs from even when they think they do. What happens I think is that they find the bugs and they've read that people pick them up in hotels for instance so they just automatically get it into their heads that it happened on that vacation they took eight weeks ago and that becomes their answer. Or maybe they had a friends who had them and they spent an hour in her apartment last month. So that becomes their answer.

    But really, it's more likely in both cases that they picked up a bug while they were minding their own business sitting on the subway. Or maybe one came in with the guy who fixed the washer. Or maybe it was the maid service or maybe transferred via their workplace. I think that in most cases people just have no way to know.

    The big exception to this though is when people get them in an apartment where a neighbor with a shared wall has them. In those cases, it's probably 95% safe to say that their neighbor is the source of their infestation.

    -rs1971

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    Hi: Live in Queens (borderline brooklyn) New York, 4 family apartment building. I live on second floor (empty apartment next door). Mom lives downstairs and my sister lives next to her.

    I have 8 year old daughter. I'm only person in building to get bed bugs (yup always me!!). Everyone thinks im crazy because they are not experiencing what we have on this board!

    This has been a good online support.

    Thanks to everyone!

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    30319 (Atlanta, GA)

    Own 1 Car

    Live in townhome with 5 other units. No known infestations in any other units. Possibly got the infestation from previous apartment neighbors right before I moved into my current location. Vehicle could be infested as well. Have not found a bug yet.

    Fed up meter : 75%

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    rs1971 - 1 hour ago  » 

    diesel - 44 minutes ago  » 
    I think it would be a good topic to know where everyone believes they got there bed bugs from. Traveling, neighboring apartment etc...

    But really, it's more likely in both cases that they picked up a bug while they were minding their own business sitting on the subway. Or maybe one came in with the guy who fixed the washer. Or maybe it was the maid service or maybe transferred via their workplace. I think that in most cases people just have no way to know.
    -rs1971

    I disagree with the sources you mention. To me they are longer shots. But I do agree that for the most part you can't know. I think I have a pretty good idea where mine came from, but there's no way to confirm it.

    Bedbugs stick close to their food, so I think you have to think of the bed as the center and move out. From there you'll start to see what's more likely in a scenario than another. For me, I think they rode in on the mice that have been infesting and reinfesting the basement and walls of my building for years. They came in as the Astoria bedbug epidemic moved onto my block and rather quickly down the street with it's multi-unit dwellings. I can actually remember month by month watching the beds and mattresses hit the street and seeing which buildings had this kind of disposal repeatedly. Without that, my mind would go to work where a woman on our floor has dealt with them for most of the year. BUT, I have inspected my desk regularly since I heard about her situation and come up empty. As well as the service my company has come in to inspect proactively (and has for several years).

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    AshamedandScratching - 1 hour ago  » 

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    diesel - 44 minutes ago  » 
    I think it would be a good topic to know where everyone believes they got there bed bugs from. Traveling, neighboring apartment etc...

    But really, it's more likely in both cases that they picked up a bug while they were minding their own business sitting on the subway. Or maybe one came in with the guy who fixed the washer. Or maybe it was the maid service or maybe transferred via their workplace. I think that in most cases people just have no way to know.
    -rs1971

    I disagree with the sources you mention. To me they are longer shots.

    Yes, for the particular examples I gave, each of them considered discretely is a long shot. But those were just examples picked at random. In reality there are thousands and thousands of such opportunities in our lives every day and those discrete probabilities all have to be summed and weighed against the higher but singular discrete probability of the time you stayed in a hotel two months ago or visited with your friend who had an infestation or whatever in hindsight you've convinced yourself was your vector of transmission. I am not at all convinced that in the majority of cases people really know where they picked up their bugs from.

    -rs1971


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