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Are bedbugs really endemic on Long Island?

My fear-driven sister has told me that bedbugs are inevitable in hotels on Long Island. I have a family commitment tomorrow and it would be most convenient to stay in a hotel in Medford. Am I asking for it by staying there? [more inside]
posted by ovenmitt on Feb 2, 2015 - 10 answers

Buying a mattress- Is it possible to do cheaply?

Our 15 year old starter mattress is in a bad way. We have very little funds to spend on a mattress. We've found some in our price range, but also found there is a whole cottage industry of used, refurbished and slightly-bed bug infested mattresses. Is it possible to find something inexpensive but not one of the above? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Nov 23, 2014 - 45 answers

Weird bugbites at night. What next?

Brushed off weird bugbites once over the summer, just woke up with them again, worried about bedbugs and trying to figure out what to do about it, if anything. [more inside]
posted by jameaterblues on Oct 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Basement + neighbour + bedbugs = flipout?

The guy who lives in the basement our of shared house brought a second hand mattress into the unit that was infested with bedbugs. The entire house has been heat treated once, and his unit has been heat treated three times. How do we even begin to decide if we need to move out? [more inside]
posted by slipperywhenwet on Sep 7, 2014 - 19 answers

Summer buggin', happened so fast

I have some kind of seasonal bug bites and it's freaking me out and driving me crazy. What is going on!? [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Aug 15, 2014 - 8 answers

Do we have bedbugs or fleas?

Moved into a house 2 months ago. Got a dog. Getting bites. Can't find critters. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Bluestocking_Puppet on Jul 11, 2014 - 14 answers

never thought how quickly bedbugs could become my problem.

Bedbugs in apartment we just moved into. What to do? Legally, practically, emotionally. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Jun 3, 2014 - 18 answers

Adventures in the skin trade

I have a rash I have been dealing with unsuccessfully for the last four months, and need deciding how to proceed. General interest (well, if you're interested in rashes and bug bites and other matters dermatological), but people who know the Baltimore medical scene are particularly invited to read on. Red, blotchy snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on May 15, 2014 - 8 answers

What is biting me?

Freaking out that I might have bedbugs. (Gross) pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on May 14, 2014 - 15 answers

Help identify these bug bites.

I've been bitten by an unknown bug throughout the week. What are these bites from? (pics inside)! [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on May 9, 2014 - 11 answers

Please tell me this is a Viennese ladybug in my bed...

Found a little critter in the bedlinens at the Airbnb place where I'm staying. Entomologists of Mefi, tell me whether to freak out or not. (Please excuse any typos resulting from being on German keyboard.) [more inside]
posted by scody on Apr 11, 2014 - 12 answers

Live bedbug invasion - AGH!

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]
posted by sigmagalator on Apr 2, 2014 - 20 answers

Bed bugs and OCD

I'm just back from staying over at a friend's place. I found a bed bug. My friend suffers from OCD, and they've brought up their fears about bed bugs previously. How do I break it to them without causing a flat spin?
posted by A Friend of Dug [sock] on Mar 13, 2014 - 18 answers

Using Police K-9 to smell bedbugs in apartment.

My sister lives in an apartment complex that has routine maintenance checks. She informed me that tomorrow they will be coming through everyones apartments to check filters etc etc. She also told me that they bring a police and their K-9 unit with them to check for bedbugs. I was shocked when she told me this and can't believe that this is even legal to do. How are they able to use the police and their dogs to search for bedbugs? How is this legal?
posted by Sweetmag on Feb 3, 2014 - 34 answers

I think I saw a bed bug. Is it time to burn all of my belongings?

I think I saw a bed bug on a wall near my bed. What now? [more inside]
posted by joeyjoejoejr on Jan 30, 2014 - 9 answers

To Sue, or Not to Pursue? That is the (complex) question.

My room has bedbugs. My landlord refuses to cover the costs of extermination, on the grounds that they've never had this problem before. Do I push it, or let it go? Complication: my landlord is not actually my landlord. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jan 15, 2014 - 24 answers


I was in bed, felt something crawling on my forehead, scraped it way with my sheet, and the sheet came back smeared with blood. Am I totally fucked with bedbugs or could it be something else? [more inside]
posted by posyblue on Jan 15, 2014 - 11 answers

Recommendations to prevent bedbugs in hotels.

We will be travelling soon using different hotels I'm not familiar with. Now I do my spot checking for bed bugs. I'm more concerned with clothing. When travelling I hang up as much as I can in the closet and then try to leave everything else in the suitcase. But it's really difficult and I would like to have this stored in bags. What bags do you recommend are best to buy that we can keep everything else in but that they will stay well sealed. Can we leave these bags in hotel drawers? Is a luggage liner suggested? what else should we get? I'm so unclear with the reviews on the internet. I want to do my due diligence and try to be reasonable. Thanks.
posted by Tziv on Jan 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Is this a bedbug?

Recently moved into a pre-furnished room in NYC and noticed a lone dead bug on the mattress a few days ago. I hope it's not a bedbug, but I can't tell for sure. Someone look at this picture and say it isn't so! Also, that it isn't another species that will be invasive or cause an infestation. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Dec 16, 2013 - 7 answers

I work with ER patients, not bed bugs, thankyouverymuch

How do I prevent getting bed bugs while working in two emergency rooms? this is pretty much the question, but if you like details, there are some inside! [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Aug 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Bedbug panic, and how to deal with it

I found a single bedbug in a library book. I think I contained it and handled the situation, and should probably not be worrying, since it's been a month and no evidence of bedbugs. I need help determining if I should do anything further, and how to stop worrying and just accept my bedbug-fighting future if that's what's going to happen. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Kill them. Kill them with fire. But which fire and how much?

[NYC-filter] We definitely have bedbugs - no question - and know that we need an exterminator. We will need to pay for it ourselves. What are some good, discreet, effective (preferably inexpensive) NYC exterminators? And how much do they cost, especially for the size of our infestation? Are there any better steps we can take in the meantime to prepare, minimize the infestation size, and lower our costs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2013 - 12 answers

The limits to bedbugs

What are the limits to bedbugs? Why isn't every hotel room infested given how tough they are claimed to be? Is there any evidence on the chances of taking bed bugs home from a hotel with you? Will the bedbug infestation rates go ever upwards? Why or why not? Interested in aggregated, rather than anecdotal evidence here. [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on May 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Itch-Free Austin, Itch-Free New Orleans

My best pal and I will be road tripping to Austin and New Orleans this July. We've had a bit of trouble finding budget accommodations that don't have 20+ negative reports on the Bedbug Registry -- especially in NOLA. Any hotel/motel/dorm wizards have suggestions? PLUS where should we go in Austin and NOLA to satisfy our many cultural/gastronomic itches? Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on May 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Ugh, what kind of bugs do I have?

I have some sort of bug infestation in my house and am getting many little bites. What could it be? Here are some things, with a kitty picture. [more inside]
posted by liketitanic on May 7, 2013 - 14 answers

How many percentage points is one Bedbug Registry report worth?

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]
posted by ignignokt on Apr 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Bedbugs, roaches, deep paralyzing renter's remorse. Oh my.

I'm PERHAPS overly paranoid about renting an apartment. I need some advice from sane, non-traumatized people to make sure I take all necessary precautions while also not rendering myself homeless by default. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Apr 2, 2013 - 25 answers

Bug I.D.

Cleaning apt. of a deceased friend. Their mattresses were on the floor - a boxspring, and a mattress on top. Found these bugs in between the boxspring and the mattress. [more inside]
posted by samoa on Jan 29, 2013 - 14 answers

Gotta be safe and avoid those bedbugs!

Hello, Mefites- Is Hostelling International- New York (UWS) a safe, bedbug-free place to stay for a solo woman in her 20s? [more inside]
posted by timespacewheredoifit on Dec 30, 2012 - 18 answers

Do any other bugs besides bed bugs leave blood traces?

Do any other bugs besides bed bugs leave blood traces? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleGargoyle on Dec 13, 2012 - 7 answers

I do not want to be dealing with this!

Does my hotel room have bed bugs? [more inside]
posted by pluckemin on Nov 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Help us hold a successful bug hunt

Leaving a bedbug infested apartment - how do we move safely? [more inside]
posted by BZArcher on Nov 11, 2012 - 12 answers

Was it a bat bug or a bed bug?

Every picture I've seen suggests that I found a bed bug. But no bites or blood can I see. Was it a bat bug instead? [more inside]
posted by media_itoku on Oct 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Is this a bedbug?

Is this a bedbug? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2012 - 17 answers

Too poor for new rugs - no bed bugs, please!

I bought a rug at a thrift store, and while I did some bedbug prevention before putting it in my house, I'm still a worrywart and probably should have sprung for a new rug. Anything else I can do? [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on Sep 11, 2012 - 5 answers

What's our risk of getting bed bugs?

Bed Bug Filter: my partner and I went on a road trip with friends who thought they had treated their bed bug problem. After the road trip, our friends found a bed bug on a pillow that had been in the car with us. We took preventative measures before we returned to our apartment (long details inside), but what else should we do? How freaked should we be? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Sep 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Found a bedbug in a library book - what now?

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]
posted by rednikki on Sep 3, 2012 - 17 answers

What is this bugger?

Please tell me these aren't bed bugs (pictures attached). [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Aug 6, 2012 - 12 answers

I'm so tired of being itchy...

Bedbug treatment and cats - Should I board the cat after treatment of my apartment, and for how long? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2012 - 1 answer

Do I have bed bugs? pic attached.

Do I have bed bugs? pic attached. [more inside]
posted by Patrick Leo on Jun 22, 2012 - 21 answers

Do bedbugs like cars?

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]
posted by Addlepated on Jun 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Do exterminators often have to exterminate for themselves?

How common is it for exterminators to bring their work home with them and end up with bug problems themselves? [more inside]
posted by CKmtl on Jun 10, 2012 - 4 answers

Ditching bedbugs?

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]
posted by saguaro on Apr 4, 2012 - 17 answers

Best way to get rid of bedbugs in Portland

Bed bugs in Portland, OR! How to hire the right exterminator? What should we do right now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Can we safely buy used furniture from a hotel?

We're about to run off and peek at a hotel liquidation sale, but I'm paranoid about bedbugs. Is this a bad idea? Would quarantining the furniture for a time solve any potential problems?
posted by moira on Dec 26, 2011 - 7 answers

What does the underside of a bedbug look like?

What does the UNDERSIDE of a bedbug look like? [more inside]
posted by lockedroomguy on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

eponysterical i know

I'm getting mysterious bug bites while I'm sleeping - can you help me figure out what's biting me? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Nov 29, 2011 - 18 answers

Bedbugs in Los Angeles - treatment, next steps?

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Should I go ahead and burn down my house?

Were the bugs that I had to pry off of my skin ticks or bedbugs? [more inside]
posted by halogen on Oct 5, 2011 - 15 answers

Is it possible to get bed bugs from a public laundromat?

Is it possible to get bed bugs from a public laundromat? [more inside]
posted by TreborDuncan on Sep 25, 2011 - 12 answers

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