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Old 08-16-2010, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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"Peter Krask stepped out of his New York City apartment one day last year, shut the door, and walked away forever, leaving behind almost everything he owned.

He carried away only a few items of clothing, personal records, and his computer.

Krask's apartment was infested with bedbugs. Savoring warmth, they swarmed in his DSL port, light fixtures, carpets and furniture. They'd feasted on him nightly for a year — which he spent visiting doctors in an increasing state of panic over the rashes inflaming his buttocks and other body parts before finally ascertaining the cause.

It was Cimex lectularius, the flat, cockroach-colored, lentil-sized pest whose favorite food is not just warm blood but human blood. "


Bed Bug Infestation Is Scaring Millions Of Americans | Personal Health | AlterNet
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:28 PM
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He should have left that computer behind. Probably has bed bugs also.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Everything is scaring millions of Americans. Fear-mongering is our second biggest growth industry (after prisons).
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:35 AM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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I think the article stretches things a little far with the allegations that illegal aliens are to blame for the recent "outbreaks." Comparing the problem to the HIV/AIDS epidemic is also taking it a bit far.

I think we'll be wiped out by the killer bees before the bedbugs drive us all from our homes.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Everything is scaring millions of Americans. Fear-mongering is our second biggest growth industry (after prisons).
You have that right. When I came back to the states after being away for a year, the effect was quite jarring and I got worse culture shock from coming home than from going over.

Just to add to the fear here though--I do a bedbug check whenever I travel, but heard of a new route of entry that I'd not thought of before--used clothes. My favorite store is the Goodwill and now I bring the clothes home and throw them right into the washer before they go anywhere else in the house.
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Old 08-17-2010, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I find it ironic and amusing that I've stayed in motels/hotels in any number of 3rd world countries over the past 25 years, and I've never gotten bitten by bed bugs. Go figure!
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I find it ironic and amusing that I've stayed in motels/hotels in any number of 3rd world countries over the past 25 years, and I've never gotten bitten by bed bugs. Go figure!
Neither have I. I've slept in the cheapest beds I could find in about 120 countries.

I've also reduced my risk at home, where I sleep on a mat on the floor.
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:48 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Bedbugs @ Wiki - surprised they didn't give much info in the article.
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