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Old 12-03-2010, 10:13 AM
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Bed bugs force hundreds out of apartment complex | WOAI.COM: San Antonio News
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:52 AM
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OK...this has got to be one of the more disgusting articles I've read in a long time. ICK! I don't get them requiring people to move out with ALL their belongings, only to move back in with them! The articles mentioned infestation in some of the personal property. I thought destroying the furnishings was the only way to stop reinfestation. So now....all those people have now moved their things out only to infest other places.
Not to mention the apartment complex will clean carpeting AFTER they move back in?? Whomever is in charge of this is making a bigger mess. Sounds like a CYA situation.....they are deciding they are not responsible for tenants property...just the building.

What a horrific nightmare.
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Old 12-03-2010, 12:00 PM
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Eeeek. And we thought they were just in sleazy motels.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:13 PM
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Guess I'm not going to the movies anymore. I can't abide bed bugs.
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Old 12-03-2010, 07:15 PM
Location: San Antonio
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If you put your soft goods into airtight plastic bags and leave them there for a week, the bed bugs'll be dead. You can also put stuff in the freezer for a week.

I always wear a hoodie to the movies and I wear the hood so nothing gets in my hair. As soon as we get home, all our clothes go in the wash. I'm that paranoid.
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:36 PM
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I heard you can spray soft things down with bug spray, wrap them in plastic, and the bed bugs will be dead a lot sooner. The apartments should have been fumigated with all of the furniture. The management of that complex sounds terrible. It costs money to move stuff out, pay for storage, and to stay in a hotel. I can imagine that some people had to take off from work. The tenants should get a discount on their rent.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:14 PM
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Dang, but that DDT was good for somethin', wasn't it?
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Old 12-03-2010, 11:07 PM
Location: TX
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Facts from Newsweek:
  1. DDT doesn’t work against bedbugs, and hasn’t worked against them since the late 1950s.
  2. Astroturf organizations, so-called “think-tanks” set up by corporate interests jumped on bedbugs as another way of attacking the 46-years dead Rachel Carson, environmentalists, scientists and government — falsely. The Heartland Institute is singled out as one group spreading false claims in favor of poison and against environmental protection.
  3. The recent resurgence of bedbugs is more related to changes in fighting other pests than in the discontinuation of DDT against them. Had DDT been the magic answer, bedbugs should have made a resurgence in 1960 when DDT use against them was stopped, not 2010, a full half-century later.
But I've heard that if you really want to irritate the bedbugs just a bit and make them more active (biting more, for instance), DDT can do THAT!
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Old 12-04-2010, 07:32 AM
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Bed bugs are not new around here, they are just now getting publicity...about 5 years ago we lived in an apartment near USAA and got a bed bug infestation. It was horrible! It took numerous visits by pest control. We thought they were gone and a few weeks later they were back. We would wake up itchy in the middle of the night and tear up our bedroom searching for them. Luckily they never spread past the bedroom and we have a tempurpedic mattress that they can't burrow into like a regular mattress so the bed didn't have to be replaced. They did have to cut out the underliner from the boxspring as that is one place the bugs could hide. many months after they were finally erradicated, we would still wake up and freak out when ever we had an itch in bed. They really make you paranoid because they are so difficult to eliminate.

A common misconception...

No one is immune, they are found in nice hotels as well, not just sleazy ones, a common misconception. Always check the mattress when staying at a hotel.
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Old 12-04-2010, 08:06 AM
Location: Charleston, SC
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Radiation would work great too for getting rid of bed bugs, but astroturf environmental groups had to get in the wayof that cure.
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