Most mattress companies allow customers to return mattresses within a given time frame. I would like to know exactly what the mattress companies do to sterilize/de-louse returned mattresses before re-selling them? Have you ever purchased a "new" mattress that seemed... icky?
I live with friends. We have a major infestation of bedbugs. (Cockroaches too, just for added fun.) I worry that all the bedbug oriented websites are trying to sell me snake oil. Tell me how to kill all the bugs short of burning down the entire house.
On my right wrist and the back of the same hand, I have a patch of red inflamed skin roughly the same size as a round cotton wool pad. I woke up with it (about 16 hours ago). Earlier this evening I drew around it with a marker to see whether it would spread further, and I think it has a tiny bit. [more inside]
Circumstances that be, our apartment has bed bugs. They appeared under our mattress and the landlord is bringing in exterminators. Though we are moving out and had given notice for the end of the month, I'm worried the landlord will try to ride us out and fumigate after we leave. So, if the landlord holds out on fumigation until after we leave... I've come to terms with trashing every piece of furniture, mattress, ikea thing, couch, and anything that can't be put into the dryer high for an hour. But what about my electronics? Should I just write-off everything, bag 'em, and put into a storage unit for a year? [more inside]
Also, please tell me its not a bed bug. [more inside]
My warehouse space is infested with bed bugs and, it turns out, they are just the worst. [more inside]
I am staying in a motel and just found bedbugs in my room...unfortunately, literally crawling on me by the time I noticed! I called the manager and he promptly moved me to a new room, which I will be checking thoroughly in hopes that I can maybe achieve sufficient comfort to sleep tonight (HA). What else should I do, especially to prevent bringing an invasion home with me? [more inside]
I was searching under my bed with a flashlight for an earring I dropped and in the process discovered a bug near the edge of my bedsheets. I killed the bug with a Kleenex and flushed it but didn't think to take a photo of it and now I am paranoid that it was a bedbug. Am googling pictures of bedbugs and the thing I found does look similar to what Google is showing. So...I guess I found a bedbug. Help me figure out my next steps. [more inside]
Just found a bedbug in my hotel room. What's next? [more inside]
I Pricelined myself into a two nights at a hotel in downtown Chicago. A few seconds later, I thought to check the Bedbug Registry. DANT DANT DAH, it has bedbug reports. Given these reports, help me assess the risk of actually encountering bedbugs, so I can decide whether to just abandoned the money I just paid (~$300) and get another hotel. [more inside]
Traveling to Minneapolis in early January--when making a hotel reservation, will it be offensive to inquire if they've had bed bug problems? Or will it be any use at all to ask? (assuming the receptionist will say, "no, no, everything's fine!") [more inside]
How freaked out should I be about this bed bug I found and what steps should I be taking to prevent an infestation? [more inside]
Is good-quality (not obtained from Freecycle or off the street) used furniture, from a reputable dealer, still a high (or high enough) risk for bedbugs? [more inside]
[NameThatBug Filter] Please help me figure out what this little bug is that I found on my bed this morning (and hopefully put my mind at ease!). [more inside]
Is this a bedbug? [more inside]
I was reading a library book when a bug crawled out. It was paper thin, and was moving incredibly slowly. My partner captured it and killed it, and then put it between two pieces of tape. We've looked online and, yep, probably a bedbug. What do we do now? Watchful vigilance? Fumigate our entire apartment (which may not be affordable at this time)? Somewhere in between? Details inside, if you want more... [more inside]
NYC filter: How does the bedbug disclosure law end up playing out when one is looking for a new apartment? [more inside]
I'm paranoid about bedbugs, probably from reading too much Ask.Mefi. Help fill in the gaps for my one weak spot in a vacation plan. [more inside]
I just had a run-in at work with two adult bed bugs. What do I need to do before I go home (heck, before I get in my car) to ensure they don't infest my stuff? [more inside]
Bedbugs in Los Angeles in a (really great, otherwise) rental - Landlord's had it "treated" once, and it hasnt worked. Could use some advice on next steps, before I completely lose my mind. Long-ish sob story inside... [more inside]
My downstairs neighbor just told me he's been finding itchy bites on his legs, which he and his doctor believe are from bedbugs. What now? [more inside]
Bitten by bedbugs at a hostel, worried about disease. Most answers here say that they're not vectors. How come they're not, what's the mechanism? How can I ease my mind?
Is this critter I found crawling through my leg hair (jpg) a young bedbug? I have not noticed any bites, no red or black marks on my cream colored sheets. I got a dresser via craigslist but so far have only draped clothes on top of it, not inside. NYC. [more inside]
Getting bedbugs from homeless people? [more inside]
Bedbugs in London! Can anyone recommend a decent exterminator? After doing some research I found out that the service my council provides is for 1 treatment only. Most people recommend 2 treatments. This has left my doubting the service provided by the council How do I separate the cowboys from the pro's?
I think I spotted a bed bug this morning. What do I do now? [more inside]
IdentifyThisBugFilter: A friend of mine who lives in Astoria (infamous for being in bedbug central) got a little freaked out after finding this bug in her bed. After lots of Googling, I determined that it's not a bedbug, but we'd appreciate any help in identifying this non-bedbug bug. [more inside]
I think I just found a bedbug. What should I do? Is there a place I can go in NYC to have a bedbug positively identified? [more inside]
I was heavily bitten by bedbugs over the summer of 2005, and although they're gone, I've grown very anxious about the thought of ever becoming reinfested. [more inside]