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    dian in spokane
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    I just came home and turned on the TV and Rachael Ray was on. No..Rachael doesn't creep me out that much. She always reminds me of my dad, who had a little crush on her before he died.

    But..she had this bedbug guy on. Now, I've pretty much avoided most of the bedbug coverage for two reasons:

    1) the pictures of the little critters make me itch

    2) I have been traveling since April and there's no way out of it.

    I've been LOOKING for bedbugs of course, but apparently not diligently enough.

    I just came home and turned on the TV and Rachael Ray was on. No..Rachael doesn't creep me out that much. She always reminds me of my dad, who had a little crush on her before he died.

    But..she had this bedbug guy on. Now, I've pretty much avoided most of the bedbug coverage for two reasons:

    1) the pictures of the little critters make me itch

    2) I have been traveling since April and there's no way out of it.

    I've been LOOKING for bedbugs of course, but apparently not diligently enough.

    Here's what the bedbug guy said. First thing, if you get any packages in the mail in cardboard boxes, first thing, empty them out and leave them outside. Don't store those empty boxes in your house. WELL.. I have a quarter of my basement filled with empty boxes, or worse, boxes full of styrofoam that I use to mail holiday packages.

    Next..say you just spent the day at Bloomies or Macy's and come home with an armload of bags loaded with fall fashion. What do you do? You got it, shake'm out in the mud room, put them immediately into the washer, get those bags out of the house. Do you do that?

    Just got home from that vacation? unload your suitcase right into your washer..well..shake everything out first..over a light colored towel, then..vacuum your suitcase. I have NEVER even considered vacuuming my suitcase.

    I'm officially creeped out. I've never been the kind of person to obsess over housework. Some would say I'm the opposite, but I can't stand the idea that a bedbug infestation is almost inevitable.

    Think I'll make a martini.

    dian

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      Kevin from Atlanta
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      I saw that show. I don't know why I didn't change the channel. It is a sign that I have mentally went south. No offence, I like her, just not enough to watch her show.

       

      Rachael needs to some breast. Pear shaped and flat. She has the money.

       

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      Kevin from Atlanta
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      I saw that show. I don't know why I didn't change the channel. It is a sign that I have mentally went south. No offence, I like her, just not enough to watch her show.

       

      Rachael needs to some breast. Pear shaped and flat. She has the money.

       

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      Jocelyn
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      There is probably too much hype about it.

      I was thinking about this topic today. Like you, I am creeped out by the whole thing. These infestations appear to be quite democratic–anyone can get them! It doesn't seem to relate to cleanliness or anything like that.

      But then I thought–why are we so horrified? I mean, stop and think about it. People in poorer countries, whether they have bedbugs or not, routinely get bit by this and that because of their living conditions. Also, most of us spend the warmer months fending off mosquitoes, who managed to get us fairly often anyway. Flies get on our food in restaurants and spit on it.  And cockroaches live in restaurants.

      Also, insect life is everywhere; we just don't see it. Our bodies have bugs in them–everything does. I realize these little critters are worse, because of their night time vampirous habits. And i have heard the itching can be tough.

      But it's like anything else–if it happens, you deal with it. I sure would hate it, but I think the psychological effect it is having on people is worse than the physical one. They are just little bugs that have disgusting eating habits. They aren't going to give anyone a disease.

      I think Bill used to keep bugs and lizards in his bedroom when he was young. I would like to hear his take on this.

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        dian in spokane
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        I am mostly not grossed out by the whole idea of dust mites, bacteria, bugs of all kinds. BUT.. as long as they don't BITE ME

        If you saw the way I react to every stinking little no see um bite, or mosquito bite..not to even mention spider bites! yikes..

        creepy, really

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        TinaR
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        Oh, ick. I hope we don't get that….that will surely push me over the edge :(  We are currently in the midst of a Stink-bug infestation…they are everywhere…outside, so far. Oh, and crawling on my arm in the car. I almost hit a concrete median when I saw it walking up my arm. Screaming , flicking it all over the place and when it finally landed scooped it into a napkin and threw the whole thing out the window — LITTERING, I know!! I wasn't thinking straight but I bet any policeman would understand and forgive me…If you upset these creatures they emit a skunk-like odor  (if you crush them, too) . I never heard of a bug spraying you with it's smelly juice- have you ?  No smell from this one– it was very big ( older and experienced in grossing out humans?) –probably used to being unwelcome and flicked off. My daughter was screaming at the same time…afraid of my screams, crashing and that it was going to land on her next. 

        So a vampire bed bug is next…oh, no.  WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THIS KIND OF THING…they are NOT doing their job!  Can you kill them with spray?

        I hate nature ( I'm itchy after reading all of the posts) Oh, my sister has the stinkers in biblical plague proportions ( they were even  in her coffee pot water reservoir…husband drinking the first cup thought it tastes funny- gag and I will NEVER drink coffee there again). Thousands of them, she had to hire an exterminator and bought a huge shop vac to pick up the carcasses. look at  this: skeevy

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        TinaR
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        dian in spokane
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        oh my GAWD Rox. I knew SOMEONE would understand!!

        One night when I was down there in california after one of my shots, kind of..feverish and under the covers, I was twirling around the tv dial and came across this show called "Billy the Exterminator' on A&E.

        Don't ever watch it….

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        dian in spokane
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        oh my GAWD Rox. I knew SOMEONE would understand!!

        One night when I was down there in california after one of my shots, kind of..feverish and under the covers, I was twirling around the tv dial and came across this show called "Billy the Exterminator' on A&E.

        Don't ever watch it….

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        Yawn
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        EWWWWWWWWWW

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        Yawn
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        EWWWWWWWWWW

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        TinaR
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        TinaR
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        Oh, ick. I hope we don't get that….that will surely push me over the edge :(  We are currently in the midst of a Stink-bug infestation…they are everywhere…outside, so far. Oh, and crawling on my arm in the car. I almost hit a concrete median when I saw it walking up my arm. Screaming , flicking it all over the place and when it finally landed scooped it into a napkin and threw the whole thing out the window — LITTERING, I know!! I wasn't thinking straight but I bet any policeman would understand and forgive me…If you upset these creatures they emit a skunk-like odor  (if you crush them, too) . I never heard of a bug spraying you with it's smelly juice- have you ?  No smell from this one– it was very big ( older and experienced in grossing out humans?) –probably used to being unwelcome and flicked off. My daughter was screaming at the same time…afraid of my screams, crashing and that it was going to land on her next. 

        So a vampire bed bug is next…oh, no.  WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THIS KIND OF THING…they are NOT doing their job!  Can you kill them with spray?

        I hate nature ( I'm itchy after reading all of the posts) Oh, my sister has the stinkers in biblical plague proportions ( they were even  in her coffee pot water reservoir…husband drinking the first cup thought it tastes funny- gag and I will NEVER drink coffee there again). Thousands of them, she had to hire an exterminator and bought a huge shop vac to pick up the carcasses. look at  this: skeevy

        <a href="http://tinypic.com?ref=2h2r3mb" target="_blank"><img src="http://i56.tinypic.com/2h2r3mb.jpg" border="0" alt="Image and video hosting by TinyPic"></a>

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        dian in spokane
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        I am mostly not grossed out by the whole idea of dust mites, bacteria, bugs of all kinds. BUT.. as long as they don't BITE ME

        If you saw the way I react to every stinking little no see um bite, or mosquito bite..not to even mention spider bites! yikes..

        creepy, really

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      Jocelyn
      Participant

      There is probably too much hype about it.

      I was thinking about this topic today. Like you, I am creeped out by the whole thing. These infestations appear to be quite democratic–anyone can get them! It doesn't seem to relate to cleanliness or anything like that.

      But then I thought–why are we so horrified? I mean, stop and think about it. People in poorer countries, whether they have bedbugs or not, routinely get bit by this and that because of their living conditions. Also, most of us spend the warmer months fending off mosquitoes, who managed to get us fairly often anyway. Flies get on our food in restaurants and spit on it.  And cockroaches live in restaurants.

      Also, insect life is everywhere; we just don't see it. Our bodies have bugs in them–everything does. I realize these little critters are worse, because of their night time vampirous habits. And i have heard the itching can be tough.

      But it's like anything else–if it happens, you deal with it. I sure would hate it, but I think the psychological effect it is having on people is worse than the physical one. They are just little bugs that have disgusting eating habits. They aren't going to give anyone a disease.

      I think Bill used to keep bugs and lizards in his bedroom when he was young. I would like to hear his take on this.

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      LV
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      Oh, it's just that we live in such a fear-based society. The current job of the news media is to whip us into a froth about practically everything – just one more thing t be afraid of. Be afraid, be very afraid. Lock yourself (and your loved ones) up tight, don't go outside, hell, don't even look outside – there's bad stuff, just waiting to get you. Life is gonna get you!

      Or, just carry on, and deal with what comes your way only when it actually comes your way. Like throwing the stinkbugs out of the car.

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      LV
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      Oh, it's just that we live in such a fear-based society. The current job of the news media is to whip us into a froth about practically everything – just one more thing t be afraid of. Be afraid, be very afraid. Lock yourself (and your loved ones) up tight, don't go outside, hell, don't even look outside – there's bad stuff, just waiting to get you. Life is gonna get you!

      Or, just carry on, and deal with what comes your way only when it actually comes your way. Like throwing the stinkbugs out of the car.

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      Kimmer
      Participant

      ewww.  ick.  blegh.

      I am one of those unncessarily tidy people and I just really can't help it.  I have honestly washed all new clothes for years before they are worn…send stuff to drycleaners too.

      This is just frightening.

      yuck.  oogie.  ugh.

      I won't even drink tap water and neither do my dogz.  I am even more frightened of pesticides.

      And there is a frog living in my garage.

      Thanks for the warning Dian.  I like RR but would rather watch Ina or Giada.  Y'all shoulda been here for the pear/papaya sauce I made over the Hubs's homemade pasta the other night.  Mighty tasty.

      Take good care…I gotta go clean sumpin' now.

      K.

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      Kimmer
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      ewww.  ick.  blegh.

      I am one of those unncessarily tidy people and I just really can't help it.  I have honestly washed all new clothes for years before they are worn…send stuff to drycleaners too.

      This is just frightening.

      yuck.  oogie.  ugh.

      I won't even drink tap water and neither do my dogz.  I am even more frightened of pesticides.

      And there is a frog living in my garage.

      Thanks for the warning Dian.  I like RR but would rather watch Ina or Giada.  Y'all shoulda been here for the pear/papaya sauce I made over the Hubs's homemade pasta the other night.  Mighty tasty.

      Take good care…I gotta go clean sumpin' now.

      K.

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      Jocelyn
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      hey, Dian, if it's ressuring at all, I learned something today. It has been said that there is a major growth in bed bug incurrences in my town. So I found some website somewhere (lost it now), and it actually gave a map and listing of apartment buildings in my town where infestations have been reported. There were actually only a handful, and some were 3 years old. So apparently the whole thing is being exaggerated, and they don't spread around so easily. It's not much around here, despite the large number of apartments and the fact that so many people buy used furniture or pick stuff off the streets to furnish them.

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      Jocelyn
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      hey, Dian, if it's ressuring at all, I learned something today. It has been said that there is a major growth in bed bug incurrences in my town. So I found some website somewhere (lost it now), and it actually gave a map and listing of apartment buildings in my town where infestations have been reported. There were actually only a handful, and some were 3 years old. So apparently the whole thing is being exaggerated, and they don't spread around so easily. It's not much around here, despite the large number of apartments and the fact that so many people buy used furniture or pick stuff off the streets to furnish them.

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