Eeww! Bedbugs are Everywhere! (Are You Itchy?)

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The biggest bedbug outbreak since World War II has hit the United States. The small, reddish brown bugs are in hotels and homes across the country and these little suckers (literally—they suck human blood) are tough to get rid of. They travel easily (they get from place to place in packages, suitcases, boxes) and they can live for up to a year without food.

The problem is so bad that the Environmental Protection agency held its first-ever bedbug summit and legislation has even been proposed. The Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009 (yes, really) would add bed bug issues to the programs in the Department of Health and Human Services, and it would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research bedbugs' impact on public mental health.

I've never had bedbugs (knock on wood), but just reading about them makes me itchy. They can cause major discomfort. A former co-worker scratched and couldn't sleep for weeks before she knew what the problem was (her skin was all red and puffy). She spent a lot of money on doctors and on furniture—she had to get rid of her bed (and her boyfriend whom she blamed for the outbreak). Bedbugs are not fun.

Have you ever had bedbugs? How did you deal with them? Do you think a federal law helping to solve the national bedbug problem is a good idea?

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meand... meandmyemily11

Luckily we've never  had them in my house. but it sure is making me itch just reading this article. they are gross little bugs.

sgtbi... sgtbiceswife

omgeez!!! I read about these last night on yahoo news!!! I was itching the whole time I was reading!!

Culle... CullenLover

yikes! we;ve never had em knock on wood! although we knew someone with them and it  was horrible! that had to toss just about everything and she had bumps and scratching everywhere,

lilac19 lilac19

i think we have them...not too sure though... our blanket is always itchy even if it just came from the washer...

RanaA... RanaAurora

*shudders* Ugh.  Ewww.

jerem... jeremysmom04

I've never had them at home, but I slept in a hotel with them once. Ow, ow, EW!

dd072175 dd072175

We have a friend that has them, so we bought the treatment onlline and sprayed our house, since they can come in on their clothes, bags when they visit. We haven't seen any yet though (Knock on wood)

epoh epoh

I think I have bed bugs!!!!!!!!!!!!1 argggggghhhh!! Im so itchy and I wake up with new bumps. what do I do?!?!?!?!

Fifi Fifi

Best solution for bed bug is pest control. they are very hard to get rid of . i have then and today was my second treatment from 14 day ago. after treatment you have to vaccum the bed , box springs and carpet for 14 days. it getting better but i hope that i don't see them again. my husband travel overseas  at timesfor business and that's how i think we got them. remember pest control you will not be able to kill them yourself.

nonmember avatar Debbie

I work with bedbugs for a living - well, bed bug mattress encasements to be more precise.

I have heard dozens of complaints about bed bugs in my time, and let me tell you it's not pretty.

A lot of these complaints do have to do with landlords and who brought bed bugs from where and who should pay. Bed bug infestations can cost up to and over $1,000 to eradicate!

When I do get the chance to speak to landlords, and even avid travelers, I often suggest they be proactive and purchase anti bedbug encasements.

You can get some of your own now from - Sleep tight!

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