Does the current return of bedbugs all over the U.S. cause you to think twice?

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Question by Daisymae:
Does the current return of bedbugs all over the U.S. cause you to think twice?

about traveling/lodgings, eating out, buying mattresses, or riding the subway etc.? I mean carrier’s are everywhere. So many people.

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Answer by ConansOwner
YES. But so far, it has not kept me from traveling.

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CJ April 9, 2011 at 2:55 am

I wanted to see a movie last wk. but decided against it when I heard they were playing in a theatre near me.


Paul April 9, 2011 at 2:55 am

This is the first I have heard of this. Do you have a link? We bought new carpet last month and have been fighting tiny ants ever since. The carpet must have been full of eggs. We never have had a single ant in the house before this new carpet arrived.

Thank for the link. There’s always something trying to infest us.


NanaT April 9, 2011 at 3:35 am

Oh good grief! I saw that yesterday on CBS Sunday Morning! It was like a nightmare!

I sure wouldn’t want to get them here. I noticed Los Angeles was like 13 or so on the list of the worst states. New York was number one. Horrible!


Dinah April 9, 2011 at 3:51 am

Yes, and it sure would be a good terrorist tactic, too.


Patti April 9, 2011 at 4:26 am

Yes especially staying at hotels. I have to wonder about flying in planes too.

The first case at the university where I worked was several years ago. They use the dorms during the summer for sports & cheer leading camps and for national meetings of various sorts. There may be as many as 12 different sets of people that stay in each suite during the summer. A couple of students in one room were diagnosed with bedbug bites after they moved in during the fall semester and the carpet and mattress had to be removed from the suite. When the dorms were remodeled none of them had carpet put in the rooms and all the mattresses were the plastic-covered ones.


♥Dee W. April 9, 2011 at 4:38 am

When I stopped living in Homeless Shelters, Hotel Rooms & government subsidized housing, I promised myself that I was never again setting foot in the places where the bedbugs are constantly coming & going! I NEVER pick up used newspapers, books or magazines from thrift stores, laundromats, or anywhere else because the eggs of the bedbugs like to hide in the paper. Just bringing these items into your homes, reading them, & throwing them away is enough to start the infestation of bedbugs where you least want them to be – in your home living space!

I am a firm believer that public transportation has a LOT to do with the spread of the eggs from person to person & business to business. Ever pick up a leftover newspaper for a quick look @ the sports page?….An egg or 2 could have fallen into one of your pockets & if you are seated & those riders who are standing in the aisles are OVER you – & anything can fall into your hair or onto your person & personal property! This is mainly how the eggs hitch hike & no one ever addresses this end of the issue.

The best way to keep bed bugs off of you while sleeping in a hotel is simple – LEAVE THE LIGHT ON. These bugs don’t like light .


Geri42 April 9, 2011 at 5:06 am

Yes, it certainly does…


john April 9, 2011 at 5:25 am

I think the problem can be traced to lax standards at the border check points.Look at the rise of salmonella poisoning in our food supplies.Plus having taken public transportation most of my life a lot of people’s personal hygiene leaves a lot to be desired.


Mary G April 9, 2011 at 6:14 am



old fart April 9, 2011 at 7:08 am



L & N ø♥ø April 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

Bed bugs have risen 400% in the US. Hotels, clothing stores some which I will not name.
International travel has risen so do the bed bugs.
You can catch the bugs anywhere not the mattresses only.
More foreigners shop nowadays and leaving bed bugs anywhere.
But it is not just from foreigners, it was an inside infestation that went out of control.
Bed bugs are more resilient to insecticide.


rosebud April 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

My daughter lives in NYC where personal hygiene no longer has little if anything to do with the problem. The main problem seems to come from transport of goods. Recently several major retail stores had to close while being treated for a bedbug problem. My daughter’s office had to be treated a couple of months ago. The little monsters are in moving vans and cargo containers and in airplane cargo spaces. Even if you are the cleanest, best housekeeper in the world, if you move to a new apt. and there are a few bedbugs in your moving van, your apartment can become infested with bedbugs. If you take home a box from a workplace where there are bedbugs, you can infest your own apartment. What adds to the problem is the number of pest control businesses that are not treating infested places sufficiently. It takes two applications done a week apart to get rid of them, and everything in the area must be treated.


The Wiz April 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

Yes, and I no longer stay in hotel rooms. I never liked it before, so no it has made it intolerable. It’s a shame because it has restricted our travels.


c c April 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

Yes, I had to stay in a hotel a couple of weeks ago. When I lay down, I couldn’t help thinking about who had been there before. I had ‘imaginary’ itches all night just thinking about it.


I Luv Puppies.... April 9, 2011 at 9:40 am

Yes, I believe Rosebud here too, I think that lots of bedbugs come from laying dormant for a long time in one place can cause this also..For an example the warehouse that houses all the mattress and furniture’s and carpets and carry all kinds of bugs before it get to the store and into your house or a hotel room..


rollickingredsfan April 9, 2011 at 9:49 am

Since I can’t remember the last time I slept in a bed other than my own, and since I’ve never had any problems with bedbugs infiltrating my own bed, it doesn’t concern me much. Truthfully, I am more concerned with the lack of a ‘ bed partner ‘, or, in other words, a woman to share my bed with. This has been an ongoing problem for me for most of my life.


Flower April 9, 2011 at 10:05 am

People are not very clean or practice hygiene properly these days. How often do you see someone sneeze without a hanky or kleenex. Women dont bother to clean much any more. That must be the reason.


Jeff (weseye) Wesley April 9, 2011 at 10:16 am


You could bring them home. Second hand upholstered furniture should be thoroughly inspected and fumigated for infestation of bed bugs.


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