With spring cleaning month, it's that time again - time to touch base with those of you out there who have been infested or are being infested by bed bugs. We've had a good deal of experience here on Apartment Therapy (last summer our mother got them in her house after staying in a hotel for one night), and today inspired by Rachael on DC, we're rounding up all of our wisdom.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BEDBUGS
• they do not transmit disease to people or pets (though their bits are very annoying and itchy)
• bed bugs are tiny and good at hiding so the first sign is usually patterns of bites in a row or a cluster on your body
• bed bugs feed on blood at night, prime feeding time is between 2 am and 5 am
• bites consist of a raised red bump or flat welt, and usually accompanied by intense itching (click here for photos of bites)
• despite their name, bed bugs can live in floor boards and other places in your home, not just the mattress. places include: bed frames, nearby furniture, carpeting, baseboards, inner walls, tiny wood holes, or bedroom clutter.
• bed bugs tend to they tend to stay out of the light
Check out the Washington City Paper article Good Night, Sleep Tight: The District is just now waking up to a bunch of little problems under the sheets for more helpful information and 67 Comments.
BEDBUG POSTS ON APARTMENT THERAPY
• The True Story about Bedbugs (39 comments) - a first hand account by S. in Chicago
• Bedbug Sniffing Dogs
• Survey: Scavenging and Bedbugs
• Bedbugs Still? (38 Comments) - An in depth check-in from 2006
• Bedbugs Take Manhattan #8 - The true story of our friend who got them from her neighbor in eight installments.
BEDBUG GUIDES & PRODUCTS
• bedbugger is dedicated to all things bed bug
• BedBug info on Wikipedia
• Allergy Luxe Bed Bug Barrier Bedding
• environmentally-friendly Pest Away Exterminators
• Click here for MSNBC's answers to typical bed bug questions.