No end to bedbug infestations
September 20th, 2010
11:41 AM ET

No end to bedbug infestations

Summer may be over, but bedbugs don't seem to have ended their vacation in New York.

Their latest hideout is the 95,000-square-foot Niketown store in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Nike told CNN the company closed the store because of the presence of bedbugs. A sign posted over the weekend said the story is "temporarily closed until further notice," according to CNN affiliate WABC.

In a major space like that, seven to 10 days of treatment are recommended to eradicate the vermin, says New York Magazine.

The pest control company Terminix has rated New York the number one bed bug city, according to WABC.

Elsewhere, bedbugs are going back to school: at Lehigh University, four dorm rooms were found to have bedbugs, CNN affiliate WFMZ reported Friday. Those rooms are being treated, Lehigh officials told WFMZ.

Hotel owners and guests alike are freaked out by the possibility of bedbugs. The horror stories are building up on websites such as The Bed Bug Registry and BedBugReports.com.

The bugs leave behind itchy bite marks on the skin, and some people have allergies to them. Bedbugs tend to live within 8 feet of where humans sleep, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

That means that if you're a hotel guest, bedbugs can get in your suitcases and come home with you, says Howard Russell, entomologist with diagnostic services at Michigan State University. You might want to consider keeping your luggage in garbage bags to prevent bedbugs from becoming stowaways.

It's not as easy as just waiting for the critters to die, since bedbugs can live for one year without eating.

Check out this video to find out what the government is doing to combat the problem.

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  1. Jean

    We had a bedbug infestation at work. Two of us were allergic to the bites and were miserable. I found that aloe gel liberally applied helped the most for the itching. I sure hope they find something soon that really works to stop these pests!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 12:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cowman

      We do have something that works to stop these pests, it's called DDT. Oh wait...we aren't allowed to use that anymore. Never mind.

      September 20, 2010 at 12:21 | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Then you'll have cancer to deal with later on.... coming from an Asian country where DDT is banned... people open up their windows and let the sunlight do their job of killing those bed bugs... I still bring this habit along when I immigrate here... and sun my mattress, bedsheet, pillows etc everyday. Am I going to put DDT on my bed? Nope!

      September 20, 2010 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
    • LadyGnarGnar

      Sean......There is no proof DDT causes cancer. What it does cause is malaria to kill millions per year because the US won't trade with any country that uses the pesticide.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:44 | Report abuse |
    • Belfrey

      @Cowman: DDT had largely lost its effetiveness well before the 1972 ban on its use, because bedbug populations developed resistance to it. Recent research shows that this resistance persists in modern populations.

      @LadyGnarGnar: Incorrect, there is no ban on trade with countries that use DDT to combat malaria.

      September 20, 2010 at 14:15 | Report abuse |
    • bb4e

      There may not be definitive proof that DDT causes cancer in humans, but there IS definitive proof that DDT causes diabetes, miscarriage, low sperm count, developmental disorders in children, Parkinson's disease, and asthma. That's not even getting into what it does to animals. As for fighting malaria, DDT use only kept it at bay temporarily because the mosquitoes developed a resistance to it after continued exposure due to overuse.

      September 20, 2010 at 14:17 | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      I also have terrible reactions to these bugs. It's red for the first day, and then they all kind of meld together (because it's never just one bite!) into a big, purple, painful itchy bruise, which then kind of callouses over. The worst itching of anything I've ever, ever encountered.

      Even so, I'm still glad that DDT is illegal, and would hope they keep it illegal.
      I can deal with some horrific bug bites. Nature (including us) cannot deal with DDT.

      September 20, 2010 at 15:16 | Report abuse |
    • Guy Smith

      Hey "Jean". We found something that REALLY WORKS to stop bed bugs. It's called DDT. It eradicated them. DDT is an organic phosphate and harmless to humans. But in 1972 it was banned because farmers overdosed the environment with it and it caused the bald eagle to have thin eggshells. And that was from OUTDOOR use. If used indoors use against bedbugs DDT is perfectly safe. Harmless to humans.

      September 20, 2010 at 15:17 | Report abuse |
    • lor

      If you mix tea tree oil with water and spray over linens, mattress, etc...should help if not completely get rid of. Spray routinely to keep from reappearing.

      September 20, 2010 at 15:20 | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      My girlfriend ended up bringing them back from a conference in Philly. I filled several spray bottles with 91% isopropyl alcohol (found as a disinfectant at any good drug store, Walgreens, Target, etc.) and sprayed everywhere I saw them or a spot that looked likely (knots on the underside of a plywood table, cracks in wood panelling, etc.). Note that this will kill ANY bug on contact if you get a good shot at them. Worked on the roaches when my neighbors fumigated and sent their over to us as well. And they Can't develop immunity to it, ask any biologist.

      It took a few months, but they are gone now. Bedbugs like to be within a few Inches of light (they are not very smart and get lost if they can't see the exit from their hole) and within a few feet of people, so they are fairly easy to spray for. Sealing your mattress in a mite-proof cover will keep them out of that. Ditto for pillows. Heat works and there are units to cook your clothes, towels and anything else that might carry them available fairly cheaply. Or build one with a canvas box and a small, temperature-controlled heater. 125 to 140 degrees F in the cooler parts of the box should be fine. Don't use a cardboard box, they can hide in the corrugations. Diatomaceous Earth around the base of furniture helps too. Good luck.

      September 20, 2010 at 19:48 | Report abuse |
    • Belfrey

      @Guy Smith: Again, incorrect. As one of the first synthetic insecticides in wide use, DDT did a great job of eradicating bedbugs... at first. Then bedbug populations became resistant. So people moved to malathion, until they became resistant to that. So they moved to pyrethroids, and they have become resistant to that. A 2008 study found that DDT performed the worst out of 12 insecticides tested, and confirmed that "resistance to this insecticide continues in bed bug populations."

      DDT is also not an "organic phosphate", or organophosphate as that class of insecticides is correctly called. It's an organochlorine. Neither of which would mean that it's "harmless."

      September 20, 2010 at 21:09 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      no.1 country in the world and we cannot eradicate a simple bed bug problem? come on people there needs to be a solution like use of DDT or other equally powerful method that can eradicate these leeches in a quick way.

      September 21, 2010 at 01:35 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Google and buy Diatomaceous Earth. The fine powder kills all insects within 48 hours of application. I had to cut up and throw away 3 thousand dollars worth of sofas and easy chairs in 2008 before learning and getting Diatomaceous Earth.

      The bugs returned after professonal treament but this time I was ready. Also effective against fleas, ants, aphids, you name it.

      October 1, 2010 at 09:39 | Report abuse |

      What no one is saying anywhere is that the sudden infestation of bedbugs is a early global warming response. After all what breeds BB? Warm weather!! The destruction of our plant will come because no one's owning up to some of the LITTLE hints that our planet's growing to suddenly fry! Try looking at the bees, the polar bears, the beached seals. Another reason for not voting Republican!!

      October 2, 2010 at 02:46 | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie Estes

      There is something that works.. but it will take some effort.. It's a powder and you have to shake it everywhere.. Read this article and their product. I ordered it and it worked for us. I had to use it twice. http://www.NaturalProductsDM.com
      We had to use it twice because the life cycle ( those babies that you can't see ) were biting us next... We set a trap lol.. My husband I slept in the den and laid a heating pad in the center of our bed.. we put the DE all over the bed ( that's the powder ) they are attracted to heat.. body heat.. well those babies came out and we saw them dead all over our bed .. cause they crawled through the powder.. The babies are so hard to see.. BUT WE GOT THEM!!! Yeah Bed bug free finally!

      December 10, 2010 at 15:24 | Report abuse |
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    September 20, 2010 at 12:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Dan - San Leandro - CA

    They had even crawled up the bedside lamp cord and nested inside the lamp... as well as inside the ac outlet. We finally got rid of them ourselves but it wasn't easy!

    September 20, 2010 at 12:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • derakh

      Ugh, ours were living in our box spring and in the thin (we are talking credit card thin) gap between the wall and the baseboard.

      September 20, 2010 at 12:27 | Report abuse |
    • Jon Jacobson

      So how did you get rid of them? It seems impossible to even find where they are hiding let alone eradicating them.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      You can kill these things with heat. You don't need DDT or pesticides. Anything above 113 degrees and they die. They cannot live in temperatures above that. Get out the hair dryer and start using it on your mattress. If you need an exterminator, call one that uses the heat treatment. It only takes a couple hours.

      September 20, 2010 at 16:33 | Report abuse |
  4. derakh

    we had a bedbug infestation at home. Ironically, none of the people I live with travel or go to movie theaters or even have people over. We got them because of proximity to another unit that had them. It was horrible. It turned out lives upside down for about two weeks during treatment. So far we have not had another issue with them, but I am skeptical since we got them by proxy before, who is to say that won't happen again?

    September 20, 2010 at 12:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. JUDY C.


    September 20, 2010 at 12:31 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Wendy

      Seriously...spray Raid...that is your solution? Do you not realize that these chemicals cause cancer, pollute our groundwater, kill good insects that might possibly be a natural enemy to bedbugs. But, screw it just dump poision on everything that'll do it!! Crawl out from under that rock!

      September 20, 2010 at 12:41 | Report abuse |
    • IMHO

      JUDY, STOP SHOUTING AT EVERYONE! Not only is it bad netiquette to use all caps, it makes your text more difficult to read.

      September 20, 2010 at 12:43 | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Judy, looks like it's time for an analogy. Bugspary : Bugs :: Ignorance : Humans.

      September 20, 2010 at 12:45 | Report abuse |
    • Confused

      So Judy C., You would sleep in a bed drenched in Raid? Risk the chance of getting cancer or even dying instead of calling the hotel and asking them if there has been a recent bedbug precaution taken on the hotel rooms? Raid doesn't necessarily kill bed bugs. There are home remedies of treating bedbugs (Heat, steam, etc) but drenching the room, car, clothes, and everything else before you lay your head doesn't sound smart to me.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:23 | Report abuse |
    • Confused


      Please take your caps lock off. Thanks!

      September 20, 2010 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • Kristy

      At one time, insecticides worked. They have evolved and now are immune to most , that is why they are so difficult to get rid of. I

      September 20, 2010 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
    • Shaz

      Why are you yelling? Use caps responsibly.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
    • Donna B.

      Why are you YELLING??!

      September 20, 2010 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Lol better living through chemicals. Did you just step out of 1975??

      September 20, 2010 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Are you serious???? Before you post ignorant comments and IN CAPS TOO, do a little research and get the facts straight. RAID DOES NOT WORK ON BEDBUGS. JT Eaton Bedbug Spray works extremely well. There are two versions – oil based and water based. The water based one is better.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:53 | Report abuse |
    • QueridaSara

      Bedbugs are not an uncommon occurrance – and it has very little to do with the 'cleanliness' or 'good' nature of the hotel – 4 and 5 star hotels in Vegas have bed bugs, and not because they aren't clean!! My friends stayed at a VERY good hotel in Vegas, and found bed bugs. Bed bugs are really the side product of increased travel between Nations that don't traditionally have issues with bed bugs and some that do (a commenter above pointed this out, as well). With my location, it's our location to Asia Pacific – and I'm not being racist. The issues isn't really 'cleanliness'- but because they travel well, the problem is brought to a new place. And because they live for quite a long time without a blood meal, there is really only ONE way to prevent the spread: constant checking. And then, if needed, professional assistance.

      I work at a very busy hotel, and after finding a few of the little critters in a guestroom years ago (or – the guests did!) we began an aggressive campaign of checking the guest rooms thoroughly: the headboards, it the seams of the mattresses, et cetera. A diligent dedication to prevention means that we haven't had a case since – because the second we think we have evidence, we get the room professionally examined, sprayed, and follow ups are booked.

      You can 'check the room' all you want, Judy, but bed bugs aren't visible to the naked eye, and clean sheets and towels don't mean anything. Bed bugs 'piggy back' and hide in seams and things, are can be very tricky to get rid of.

      Also, the caps are annoying. Please turn them off. Thanks! 🙂

      September 20, 2010 at 14:17 | Report abuse |
    • Cgx

      1. Please stop SHOUTING!!! Thank you.

      2. Please do some reading on the subject. These are not like most bugs. They do not respond to any chemical other than DDT. I know from experience that Raid doesn't do ANYTHING. Period.

      3. They don't come from seedy motels. We picked them up at a 5 star hotel that cost almost a grand per night. (got that, ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS PER NIGHT). The hotel looked beautiful and we thought we had mosquito bites, they look exactly the same.

      September 20, 2010 at 14:27 | Report abuse |

      please do not use shouty letters. kthxbai.

      September 20, 2010 at 14:34 | Report abuse |
    • Bobolink

      I can't hear you.Someone is SHOUTING

      September 20, 2010 at 14:39 | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Judy C. cannot read your comments, she slept in to much poison and has lost her sight, before that, as you can see by her post, she lost her mind. Poor Judy C. We new her well.

      September 20, 2010 at 14:39 | Report abuse |
    • Cecilia

      In defense of Judy C. who made the rule that typing in CAPS is the same as shouting. It is always amazing to me that people or a group of people make a rule and then impose it on everyone else. the first time some replied to me in an IM I felt foolish and ignorant. I had just never been taught proper net manners – so please don't get you panties in a wad. some people just don't realize that there are rules – personally I love caps but would never use them for fear of offending all you purest out there – JUDY HAVE A GREAT DAY

      September 20, 2010 at 14:48 | Report abuse |
    • Odds

      Caps are sometimes used by people who have dyslexia – they are easier to read – I know a lady on a forum who always uses caps who has dyslexia.... I don't think Judy is shouting – just trying to see these blasted small letters –
      BUT that being said – Judy; you should jot a disclaimer if you are using caps due to a vision issue so others don't misunderstand and think you are yelling.

      To the issue at hand – not sure if it will work or not but DE is a good option around the foundation of homes etc.... FOOD GRADE DE. again – not sure if it works with bed bugs?

      September 20, 2010 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      There is no way to eradicate any bugs from the planet, and we wouldn't want to anyway because they are a necessary part of the food chain. The reason it is impossible is because even if you eradicate them from a city, they will still live in the woodlands surrounding it and eventually come back into any urban area. I hate bed bugs, it is not fun dealing with them and actually is a miserable experience. However there is no reason to use all CAPS because people read it as yelling.

      September 20, 2010 at 15:22 | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      Hey, Judy, one can stay in a clean place with clean sheets and towels and STILL have/get bedbugs. It has NOTHING to do with cleanliness. Anyone can pick them up anywhere. Kinda like cockroaches.......................

      September 20, 2010 at 16:36 | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      Really Judy – Raid? Go ahead – spray it everywhere you eat, sleep, live. And count down the days to your demise. Again. Really???? Raid????

      September 20, 2010 at 16:45 | Report abuse |
    • OffensiveJerk

      Excellent advice judy. But i'm gonna take it a step further. I was able to eradicate them from my house using concentrated plutonium dust. Mutations aside i'm living quite comfortably and itch-free. Could'nt use your advice however, cuz I didn't have five cans of raid on me at the time.

      September 20, 2010 at 17:01 | Report abuse |
    • sgtfger

      Cecelia, just because " some people just don't realize that there are rules " doesn't mean we all should ignore the rules. Maybe people should take the initiative to learn the rules.

      September 20, 2010 at 17:17 | Report abuse |
    • ThaGerm

      The rule about CAPS LOCK being shouting is seriously one of the OLDEST rules of netiquette. It is the nets version of body language and helps communication. The only people who aren't aware of this rule seem to be the 50's and up crowd. So I am guessing you are about 56. Not that 56 is bad, but maybe you should do a little more homework before you get on a message board and try and teach others how to use it.

      September 20, 2010 at 18:12 | Report abuse |
    • Critics' Critic

      PEOPLE WHO USE the stupid made-word "netiquette" as though there were any such thing CAN EAT MY CAPS LOCK-INFESTED MESSAGE!

      September 21, 2010 at 06:20 | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Spraying your bed with raid is not the thing to do, but there are products that can be safely applied to mattresses, however do to the fact that we basically only have one class of pesticides at our disposal (thank you everybody who is bitching about pesticdes) they are becoming immune. This is precisely why we have them, too many people think they know what the hell their talking about and they don't. The internet has made experts out of everyone I just wish I had the internet before I spent 18 years gaining knowledge and experience in my field.

      September 21, 2010 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
  6. Jay Kay

    Sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      but if they do .... hit 'em with a shoe! 🙂

      September 20, 2010 at 13:00 | Report abuse |
    • Skip

      And if they do, beat them with a shoe. Until they are black and blue. 🙂

      September 20, 2010 at 13:01 | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Hivemind ftw.

      September 20, 2010 at 15:39 | Report abuse |
  7. Bryan

    You can click on a map at this http://www.bedbugregistry.com/ website and it tells you all the places in your area that have bedbug reports.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Tanya

    I used a hair dryer on every spot on my bedframe and covered the boxspring and mattress in zip covers and tape the zipper hole. It took me a whole day. I then washed every linen/clothing and placed them in plastic tied bags. After doing this, do not under no circumstance sit on your bed with clothing. Do not place any items on your bed including books, dvds, cell phones.... not even the remote to the tv. Place all bed legs in tupperware containers and then place it in another tupperware container filled with water to keep them from crawling on your bed plus move the bed off the wall. Now, remember with the hair dryer you must heat every spot on the bed DO NOT MISS A SPOT, CRACK, SCREWHOLE, SLIT OR CREVACE...THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. They are so tiny that they can fit between wood joints and connections. Even the smallest, smallest slit/crack that is even thinner than a piece of paper. Remember....they are flat for the most part. The heat should be hot that you would have to move your hand away type of hot. ... just don't burn the bed. I haven't seen any since.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      thank you for the detailed, useful info.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:23 | Report abuse |
    • Cassandra

      Thaks for the idea. I tried steam and it worked for a while, bu I'm guessing it wasn't enough to kill off eggs. I hadn't tried an hot blow-dryer.

      September 20, 2010 at 14:24 | Report abuse |
    • Cgx

      Great advice!!

      One more suggestion to add: seal off any and all cracks and crevices between the window, floor, wall and trims. This is how we FINALLY got rid of them! They were hiding inside the crack between the trim of the window. We put a line of caulk and finally got them. PS-the crack was thin as a piece of paper but they were in there!

      September 20, 2010 at 14:33 | Report abuse |
    • Celeste

      I don't know if bedbugs are like other small bugs that can walk on the surface tension of the water, but put a couple drops of dish washing soap in the water (not the stuff for the dishwasher, the stuff for handwashing dishes), this will make them sink to the bottom of the water and drown if they attempt to walk on it.

      September 20, 2010 at 15:38 | Report abuse |
  9. Islander

    Take your matrress off the box spring. Spray them both liberally with raid on all sides and ends and let everything air dry for 4 hours. Return all itmes to their original location. Do this every six month and you'll never have these bugs or any other kind for that matter. Do it whether you think you need to or not.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Waterfalls

      Spraying Raid inside the house just to prevent bedbugs you have never seen sounds like a horrible idea to me! Those are HARSH chemicals. Who knows how sick you will end up from the chemicals?

      September 20, 2010 at 13:05 | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Dude. RAID does not work on bedbugs

      September 20, 2010 at 14:03 | Report abuse |
    • Cgx

      yah that's brilliant. won't get rid of bugs if you have em but will poison you even if you don't...

      September 20, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse |
  10. Dawn

    I stayed at a well known Florida theme hotel a couple months back. I reported an incident about "Bed Bugs" and I have yet to have a response. Shows that they really cared. All I have to say is, was the itching and scratching for weeks worth it? No!

    September 20, 2010 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CutieIslandGirl2

      Just to let others know the bed bugs bite everywhere... on me they bit from head to toe and even the gentials. I felt the worst for my Alaskan Malamute. The hotel had to throw out the mattress and they even removed the kitchen cabinets. LOL I even took photos of them in the dumpster. It is hard to sleep at hotels now for constant fear that we may be assulted by bed bugs again.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:18 | Report abuse |
    • gzeke

      Good Lord that looks horrible, can you move your arm down just a bit so I can examine you further jk lol!

      September 20, 2010 at 16:13 | Report abuse |
  11. xaqxaq

    Diazinon is illegal over the counter.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Craig Thelonius

    I hate the thought of these little bastards. A guy that I work with is fighting them in his home. He has had them since April of this year, and they are still not gone. It has caused him THOUSANDS of dollars in exterminators and infested name brand furniture that he had to pitch out. We can easily kill off the honey bees, but can't kill these worthless things. Time for scientists to deelop a terminal disease that affects these things only, and then introduce the disease into their populations.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andrew

      This is a repeat of what I posted in reply to Jean today.
      The powder is harmless if digested, but not when inhaled. Fill plastic puff bottle and dust everything around the bed.

      Bedbugs are also known to crawl up the ceiling and drop upon you, so dust all approach paths to your bed, all clothchests, bookshelves, even laptops – all have been known to shelter bedbugs.

      Google and buy Diatomaceous Earth. The fine powder kills all insects within 48 hours of application. I had to cut up and throw away 3 thousand dollars worth of sofas and easy chairs in 2008 before learning and getting Diatomaceous Earth.

      The bugs returned after professonal treament but this time I was ready. Also effective against fleas, ants, aphids, you name it.

      October 1, 2010 at 09:54 | Report abuse |
  13. shixi

    thats what they get for endorsing tiger woods. who has been in more beds than him.? dump him and all the bed bugs will go away. hopefully, so will he.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:44 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Waterfalls

      What are you talking about? You must love Tiger Woods, making up opportunities out of the blue to talk about him!

      September 20, 2010 at 13:07 | Report abuse |
    • Kite005

      Oh this one makes sense.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:14 | Report abuse |
    • Shaz

      Throw the crack pipe out.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:29 | Report abuse |
  14. Sara

    Fleas are a problem in hotels that almost no-one (except those who are highly allergic to their bites realizes!). I am highly allergic to fleas and have been bitten, even in top notch hotel rooms. Fleas can travel in suitcases and then reside in hotel rooms. LIke bedbugs, they don't need to eat to survive for a long time. They do feed on humans though. My husband does not feel any flea bites, but he sees the red marks on me after staying in a hotel room that has fleas. No, they are not bed bugs. No, this is not made up. They are really hard to eradicate.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. OhMy

    There certainly are a lot of people who need to get updated on the issues with bedbugs and the ineffectiveness of pesticides. Before DDT was banned, its effectiveness against bedbugs was largely lost. If you want to bathe in pesticide I guess that's your right, but you need to limit it to your personal space and exposure. Evidently heat is the best way to kill these pests and that can be done with no lingering effects for people, pets and other things you care about.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Joe

      stop being silly, i don't think there is any harm in using it by a trained professional, spray it and get it over with it or atleast the govt. should develop a solution that is easy and quick. come on folks we are in 21st century, it shouldn't be that hard or it need not be that hard to get rid of these using proper formulas or DDT if required but honestly the situation is out of control now, almost all the apartments are getting infested or already infested and sadly you will not know about them until you sign your lease.

      September 21, 2010 at 01:43 | Report abuse |
  16. Adapt


    They adapt and overcome. You cannot stop them. They will win. They were here before humans they will be here after.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Susan

    It seems to me that PREVENTION would be a smart thing for hotels to invest in at this time. They are spending thousands on extermination and throwing out mattresses. It would be wise to require all guests to place their bags, belongings in a heat box to kill anything that might be on their luggage (from airports) or personal affects. They can build a large heat room to heat bags to 120 degrees. Their guests would have to be notified ahead of time that this will be the standard.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CutieIslandGirl2

      From what I understand the only way to make sure they are killed... is extreme heat or extreme cold for 48 hours just to make sure they are dead! They love warm so I am sure a lot of people would not think the bed bugs would nest in computers.. wii's or electronics that stays warm. They are a night mare 🙂

      September 20, 2010 at 13:34 | Report abuse |
  18. Rob

    Rats on the east side, bedbugs uptown, what a drag, this towns in tatters, I'm shattered.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rob

      sh doobie

      September 20, 2010 at 12:54 | Report abuse |
    • Hobbes

      Awesome. LOL at the sh doobie part.

      September 20, 2010 at 16:19 | Report abuse |
    • Babs

      i thought the rats were on the west side?

      my brain's been battered. splattered all over... manhattan.

      September 20, 2010 at 18:13 | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      I think in the years since the Stones wrote that song, the rats have moved from the east side to the west side.
      sh doobie. LOL.

      September 21, 2010 at 01:26 | Report abuse |
  19. Erica

    After a trip to New York city and staying in a nice hotel. Bed bugs hitched hiked a ride here to Michigan on my luggage. A very expensive treatment for me who lost my job. The trip was a birthday gift, that one I will never forget!

    September 20, 2010 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Waterfalls

      Why did you lose your job?

      September 20, 2010 at 13:08 | Report abuse |
  20. RenaP

    I would like to know where the people live that say they have had infestations. I want to know how close i am. If it is in my state – or pretty much just showing up in cities?

    September 20, 2010 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CAROL B

      google bedbugs. Indianpolis indiana was 12 in top 15 cities that has a bad problem with them.

      September 20, 2010 at 16:19 | Report abuse |
    • Troll

      Your state has no cities?
      Seriously though, you can go to http://www.bedbugregistry.com to see a map w/dots marking reported infestations.

      September 20, 2010 at 16:32 | Report abuse |
  21. Name*Bedbug Jones

    The sudden infestation of bedbugs could be a bioterrorist plot. Someone should dig deeper..the aim would be the destruction of the tourism sector of the economy.

    September 20, 2010 at 12:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • BittenInNYC

      Good point, as it is intersting how this only cropped up in the last few years....

      and couple that with the fact that we have lax immigration policies that let anyone and their mother come here.....

      You cant throw a rock here in NY without hitting a house that has multiple illegally immigrated families in it... (and before anyone even tries... I am not only refering to illegals from the southwest neighbor in fact most of the illegals are form the asian continent)

      September 20, 2010 at 14:07 | Report abuse |
  22. Mark

    Craig, that is the most asinine thing I have ever read on a CNN message board, and I have seen a lot of stupid comments. The world needs way fewer people like you; we would all be much better off.

    September 20, 2010 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Carrie

      Hey Mark, just to let you know there is a button to the right of Craig's comment that you can reply to just his remark instead of the whole thread. 😀 Just to point it out.

      September 20, 2010 at 15:31 | Report abuse |
  23. isaiah

    Really, Craig? I know the anonymity of the Internet allows us to say the most horrid things that we'd never say to someone's face, but is that necessary?

    September 20, 2010 at 13:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Suzanne


    September 20, 2010 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. ART

    If you want bedbugs, purchase something from ROOMS TO GO. They will deliver your purchase in an unmarked truck with used mattresses that they just picked up from a previous delivery. I learned my lesson. An expensive $900.00 one.

    September 20, 2010 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Suzanne

      Oh GROSS!!

      September 20, 2010 at 13:15 | Report abuse |
    • Hobbes

      No shIte? good to know!

      September 20, 2010 at 16:21 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Wow Art! You seem to have a real problem with Room To Go! I've personally ordered a few items from them and have always had my deliveries on time from very professional delivery people. I've always received NEW, NOT USED, mattresses and furniture from them. I don't even think they can legally sell used mattresses. Plus, if you did get bed bugs you've got a bigger problem than the delivery truck being unmarked.

      September 21, 2010 at 16:10 | Report abuse |
  26. Suzanne

    Have any of you gone to the bedbug report websites quoted in the article? Gross!! Reading some people's accounts of their bedbug woes at hotels has made me terrified to go to ANY hotel.

    Icky little suckers!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. ART


    September 20, 2010 at 13:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shaz

      Like the name alone wouldn't tell you that already??

      September 20, 2010 at 13:28 | Report abuse |
  28. pierce

    hmmm. for such a long time, Nike has aimed its products at the hip-hop generation.

    There is a saying, If you lie with dogs you get fleas.

    September 20, 2010 at 13:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • chloe

      on the contrary, pierce...that Nike was on ritzy 5th ave. and from what i've read, these critters have long been a problem in well-to-do upper east side. can't think of too many "hiphop" folks living there

      September 20, 2010 at 14:14 | Report abuse |
    • Cassandra

      Ignorant much? What do you have to say about bed bugs infesting Victoria's Secret, Hollister, Abercrombie and all those swanky 5 star hotels?

      September 20, 2010 at 14:35 | Report abuse |
  29. T-Boy

    Hello! My name is Billy the Bedbug. I'm in your pockets, socks, unmentionables, etc. Me and muh boys will win you see, there is no hope and we are the scouts for 2012. Heh, heh!!

    September 20, 2010 at 13:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Shea

    There is a recent article over at Salon.com about bedbugs – it's still there and the best part is the letters section where people have given some wonderful advice on how they eradicated their bedbugs. Exterminators cannot get rid of bedbugs if they don't do repeated sprayings. DDT would not even work today if they were allowed to use it; bedbugs built up immunity over its repeated use.

    Some people say that 140 F degree temps kill the pests; others have recommended boric acid powder found in hardware stores – you brush it into all carpets and crevices, everywhere. Double tape around your bed/mattress was another suggestion. If you seal your belongings, you must do it for a minimum of 18 months, apparently, to end the life cycle.

    There was also a suggestion to use DE – sorry, I can't spell the word but it is dia-something Earth. Go read the letters – great tips!

    September 20, 2010 at 13:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • helper

      DE = Diatomaceous Earth
      Like Borax, it dissolves exoskeleton of bugs. Main hazard to humans is from breathing too much of the dust, but it's not like raid and DDT, that bugs can evolve around.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:52 | Report abuse |
    • BittenInNYC

      Diametacious Earth (not sure on the spelling) It is a harmless powder that scratches the skin of the bug and causes them to dehydrate and die.

      September 20, 2010 at 14:14 | Report abuse |
    • NoVa Sideliner

      Harmless, eh? So is that why we are required to wear filter masks every time we use it at work? 🙂

      OK, seriously, it's fine in small amounts, really, but you don't want to be breathing too much of it for a long time. MSDS: "Inhalation of large amounts of dust may cause dryness and irritation to mucus membranes, nose and throat. Persons with pre-existing eyes,skin.or respiratory condition may be more susceptible." So all in all, not too bad for a pesticide!

      September 20, 2010 at 14:33 | Report abuse |
    • BittenInNYC


      I should have been a little clearer but.... Any powder or dust will bother your nose and mucouse membranes if you inhale massive amounts. This is to be place around cracks and crevices... not snorted LOL

      It is not a pesticide, it is not man made, it is not a chemical. It is organic and made from pulverized fossils

      If you do a lot of wood work all the wood dust will affect you. Have you ever accidentally dropped a bag of flour? That will have you coughing and sneezing for an hour to 🙂

      By harmless we meant, non chemical/non pesticide.

      September 20, 2010 at 14:41 | Report abuse |
    • Trish

      Diatomaceous Earth comes in TWO forms. The industrial grade which is used in pesticides and swimming pools – that one WILL harm you if you breathe it in because of the high silica content. But the other is a FOOD GRADE version, which is used as a filler in livestock feed and it's a natural dewormer. The food grade can be used to kill bed bugs and fleas just by sprinkling the fine powder in your carpet, on your mattress, etc. Any insect with a hard exoskeleton will be destroyed from the inside out by eating it. It is safe for animals and humans to ingest. (Remember – FOOD GRADE ONLY). It is safe and natural – no nasty chemicals! This is the solution!

      September 20, 2010 at 16:06 | Report abuse |
    • Brett

      DE works wonders! I've been battling bedbugs for going on 5 years now, they are very difficult to get rid of, especially during a time in my life where I couldn't afford certain treatments that are needed for them. I just recently found out about DE and have been using it.

      It's done wonders, and the length of time between seeing the little guys or their bite marks keeps growing and growing; I'm confident this will help finally rid me of them! Going to try the hair dryer option too, sounds like it's worth the minimal cost!

      September 20, 2010 at 19:52 | Report abuse |
  31. hhr10

    solution clean your home more frequently people....

    September 20, 2010 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jon Jacobson

      It has nothing to do with cleanliness – they can be in the cleanest 5 star hotel or private home. They may have been introduced to someone's home by hitching a ride in luggage, on clothes, or even from a ride in an infested taxi cab.

      September 20, 2010 at 13:36 | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      hhr10 you are a genious! You just solved the bedbug problem. Are you serious?? Another ignorant comment

      September 20, 2010 at 14:20 | Report abuse |
    • BittenInNYC

      Absolutely wrong.... your ignorance shows. You could be the cleanest person in the world... and if you live in an apt building and some other tenant gets then your screwed. You can only try to treat and prevent reinfestation. These little sobs only need to eat once a year so they can bit you and then hide in the wall for 8-10 months and then come back out when they are hungry

      September 20, 2010 at 14:34 | Report abuse |
    • Whoopy

      You can always count of the token moralist to "show us" the way.

      September 20, 2010 at 16:13 | Report abuse |
    • CAROL B

      bedbugs don't feed on nasty they feed on blood and get rides when you go somewhere and it gets on you or your stuff and goes home with you. hotels, stores , apartments houses dont matter everyone can get these bugs. getting rid of them is very hard too

      September 20, 2010 at 16:29 | Report abuse |
  32. martin2176

    Post a sign in bedbug language, saying Terminix will be here next morning and they will flee.

    September 20, 2010 at 13:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Aubrie

    My 25 year old son went on a business trip a few weeks ago. The hotel was loaded with them. The guys down the hall had them so bad that they had to be medically treated. The bites turned into purple sores with eggs buried under their skin. It was horrible. My son wasn't bit, but I told him that he needs to check his home daily now in case some of them were stow aways in his luggage. The thought of it just makes my skin crawl.

    September 20, 2010 at 13:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Joe

    I'm telling you, hunting spiders work wonders for bedbugs. We had an infestation after some travel in my son's room, tons of them, and the spiders left little corpses everywhere until every last one was dead. (Obviously I moved my son out of the room and quarantined it). Haven't had one for over three years now.

    September 20, 2010 at 13:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. bob

    Some came home with my kid from a sleepover, and stayes for months. Forget Raid, they'll just lay their eggs and scatter. We had a bed bug expert come in. 3 visits, $600, done.

    September 20, 2010 at 13:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. hhr10

    craig----–>osama bin landen

    September 20, 2010 at 13:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. the greatest soundoff ever

    I hope Sirius satellite radio re-signs Howard Stern....oh yeah...i hate bedbugs too....blah, blah, blah

    September 20, 2010 at 13:33 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Howard100

      Call Robert A. Booey for all of your bedbug extermination.

      September 20, 2010 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
  38. osama bin landen

    way to go craig

    September 20, 2010 at 13:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. SLSA+

    Joe – What is a hunting spider? Like a wolf spider? *shudders* When I was growing up, the house my family lived in was infested with gigantic wolf spiders. Like, big enough to have fur or hair or whatever. I would wake up to go to the bathroom and see them just chilling in the hall (once there were three, just sitting there in this creepy little arachnid triangle). Now I am absolutely terrified of the things. I think I'd take the bedbugs, haha. But good tip for people who aren't big babies when it comes to spiders – thanks for sharing. 🙂

    September 20, 2010 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. obama

    we have them here in the white house too

    September 20, 2010 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. mcdonalds ceo

    please call us if you have bed bugs we are running out of our supply to make mcnuggets

    September 20, 2010 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. hhr10

    jon jacobson thnx your right dint think b4 posting

    September 20, 2010 at 13:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. sorta

    Threaten to deport them. Put it in "bedbug" language. Oh wait, can't do that. We can't ask them to show their "papers". Basides, they probably have anchor babies.

    September 20, 2010 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Michael

    There is a product called diatect on the market that is an FDA certified organic pesticide that kills bed bugs with in minutes. It is called DIATECT (diatomaceous earth laced with a pyretheran) and if you go to http://www.diatect.com/bed-bug-killer-ppc.php you can see for yourself. Easily available on line, harmless too humans, dust it on vacume it off. Supposedly works on Fire ants too though I don't live in the south so don't know.

    September 20, 2010 at 13:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Phil

    Isaiah, as politically incorrect as it may be, it is true that there is a high probability that the current infestation of bedbugs originated with immigration from and travel to Asia and the Middle East. I live in a college town and there is a fairly serious infestation in this area that seems to be closely tied to foreign students, specifically those from India. Not because they are inherently unclean, but because they come from a part of the world that has had a bedbug problem for a long time and the bedbugs travel along in their luggage.
    It should also be pointed out that not every insect you find in or near your bed is a "bedbug". Actual bedbugs are very small, shy, and hard to spot. We certainly could be dousing everything with insecticide like Judy (the destroyer or all things natural) suggests, but I'm not sure living in a completely toxic environment is a very good solution. I haven't read anything that indicates that bedbugs are the vector or reservoir for any human disease, so mostly they are an annoyance. Most insecticides have proven health risks.

    September 20, 2010 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jayanta

      Just another example of another internet poster confidently posting made up "facts". In reality bedbugs are very rare in India. I lived there for the first 29 years of my life and never had a bite. Indian houses had concrete floors, and Indians tend to leave their windows open, letting in sunshine and air (as opposed to colder climates where you have enclosed houses). They also put out their mattresses out in the sun.
      Even if there are bedbugs in India, the Indians can always claim they got them from the US as it is a well known fact that bedbugs were quite common in the US a century back.

      September 23, 2010 at 09:52 | Report abuse |
  46. Colonel Sanders

    Bedbugs also live on chickens.

    September 20, 2010 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. JFWilder

    I think the bedbugs are a terrorist plot. Look...they're heaviest in NY City where they seem to be most fond of attacking....and are found all over in 3rd world countries that hate us, and are a perfect thing to bring in that is a major pain in the patoot to us all and will cost us a fortune to get rid of.

    This is a terrorists way of just BUGGING the he11 out of us that nobody would have ever thought of before. No shots fired...just a pestilence upon us.

    September 20, 2010 at 14:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. LB

    would be nice if the sites they report work... bedbugsreport.com doesnt work

    September 20, 2010 at 14:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Steven

    I had bed bugs once, the reason i noticed was when i had to clean my bed sheets, when i started to take them off i saw little black specs in the corners of my matress, wodering what they were i looked in the creases of the bed to find these little ovaly shaped bugs, scared **** less i came to my grandmother for advice, she said she has dealt with bed bugs before so she took all my clothes and bed sheets and threw them in really hot water to wash, she grabbed a little bottle that she filled up with some diesel fuel, took my bed and started to spray the creases of the bed all the way around, left the matress outside in a sealed plastic for about two days POW!!!! no bed bugs just had to rinse that diesel smell out

    September 20, 2010 at 14:24 | Report abuse | Reply

    What works against bedbug bites? I thouht what worked for sure was antibiotics. No? Each time I get bedbug bites when I travel in Europe, I beg doctors to give me antibiotics. Last year it happend to me in Liverpool, England, and Frankfurt, Germany. This year it happend to me in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

    September 20, 2010 at 14:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • survived bedbug hell

      michael, i went to an allergy specialist when i kept breaking out in hives and i had not discovered that it was from bedbugs yet. she gave me zantac. it's the over the counter heartburn medicine, but it also treats hives. i would take one or two a day and the hives would go away. of course, they kept coming back because i kept getting bitten, but it did help.

      perhaps you should ask your allergist or dermatologist...since it is an allergic reaction.

      September 20, 2010 at 18:03 | Report abuse |
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