The Bed Bug Epidemic and the Ensuing Social Stigma

With the elimination of DDT and the increase in worldwide travel, the entire globe has been forced to face a recent bed bug epidemic. As if the itching, house clearing, laundry cleaning, and extermination cost are not enough, many individuals are faced with ensuing social dilemmas. These social dilemmas fall on both sides of the infestation; meaning that both the individual who is being infested and the family and friends of such an individual feel the not so subtle effect of this bed bug epidemic.
Anyone who has ever come in contact with, or even read up on bed bug infestations knows that there is an immense amount of stress that one faces when dealing with bed bugs in their home (finding an exterminator to kill your bed bugs, packing up the house, washing clothes and sheets, encasing bedding, etc.). However, most people are less aware of how it feels to be an acquaintance of someone facing the bed bug epidemic. Here are a few dilemmas to consider:
Dilemma 1 – Bed Bugs & Clutterbedbugs, dorm room, bedding, mattress cover
There are the simple brawls, such as the common ‘neat freak’, who is forced to live in the same college dorm with her messy roommate. You may even get along very well with your roommate, but when she leaves lots of clutter around, the opportunities for bed bugs to hide and infest your bed nearly double! What is a bed bug fearing neat freak to do?
Dilemma 2 – Bed Bug Horror Stories Coming to Visit
Here’s where the social stigma gets even more complicated. bed bug news, visits, bed bug free, newspaper, bed bug articles Say Leo just got back from traveling around the country. His bags are filled with souvenirs, dirty clothes, and (yikes) possibly bed bugs! Now, Leo would like to crash at your place. You’ve read dozens of horror stories in the news about bed bug infestations across the country. Obviously, you do not want bed bugs, and sharing living quarters almost always means sharing a bed bug infestation. But then again, you do not want to leave Leo out on the streets simply because he may have bed bugs – what kind of friend would do that? And what if Leo is your family member? Is blood-sucking thicker than blood? Good question.
No one should ever have to be faced with such a situation. Here’s a suggestion – On Leo’s next birthday, consider getting him a Smart Buy for Travel from Bedbug.com (hint, hint).
Dilemma 3 – Dreaded Dorm Room Living
This one’s a real doozie. You are a freshman at college. You live in the dorm – tons of fun. You and your roomie get along great, and manage to keep your room livable, if not exactly spotless. But, it’s the rest of the rabble in your building that worries you – and well it should. Why? Bed bugs! Probably coming from that room down the way that has pizza boxes spilling out into the hallway. So what to do? Cover your pillows, mattresses and laundry! It’s the best way to stop bed bugs from taking refuge in your bedding and other vulnerable places-like in your clothes (unless your school mascot happens to be the bed bug, in which case, just go with it). Otherwise, Bedbug.com offers an economical package deal for just such an occasion – Smart Buy for Dorm Room Protection.
bed bug, bedbugs, dorm room, pillow protector, pillow cover, encasement, no bed bugs Plus, you don’t want to be responsible for bringing those bloodsuckers home to the family when you head out for the holidays, do you? Mom would NOT be happy.
Dilemma 4 – Your Property, Your Bed Bugs
Let’s be honest now. No one has the ideal relationship with their neighbors. Who wants someone constantly in close proximity to them, knowing their every move? Especially if you’ve got bed bugs, you’ve already got plenty of critters who fit that description. But what if that pesky (or perhaps even friendly) neighbor’s got bed bugs. prevent bed bugs, multi-family dwelling, tenant, landlord, housing. neighbors, infestation That’s right! You’re next in line for blood sucking paranoia and itchy, sleepless nights. I’m sure your first instinct is to gut their apartment and ship them and their new crawling residents out to sea. But we all know that isn’t an option, so how do we protect ourselves from our neighbors and their unwanted squatters? Even if your neighbor is careless and his house is infested, that doesn’t mean yours will be. As long as you take the right precautions to protect your home and your family, you should be okay. How do you do that, you ask? Well, you can start by encasing every pillow, mattress and box spring in the house. And don’t forget to encase the babies’ crib or the laundry bags. Yes indeed, Bedbug.com has thought of just about everything to keep your family bed bug free.
Dilemma 5 – Bed Bugs and the Office
work, business, bed bug bites, corporate, social stigma, no bed bugs, prevent bed bugs, kill bed bugs, bedbugsErica lives in an upscale suburban neighborhood and is a partner at a well-known law firm. About six months ago, she woke up one morning with bites all over her back. Initially, she assumed that she had been attacked by mosquitoes, and thinking nothing of it, resumed her daily routine. However, the next day was anything but routine. Erica had barely opened her eyes when she noticed big red welts running up and down her arms. One of the first things she thought of was: “how am I going to show up to work like this.” After visiting her local doctor, her fears were justified – she had bed bugs! Erica went into a panic. What was she going to tell her colleagues when they asked – and they were going to ask! This was a living nightmare for Erica. She missed three weeks of work due to the embarrassing social stigma of having bed bugs; (not to mention the stress, anxiety, sleepless nights and time loss.)
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The above five stories are merely examples of situations, the likes of which happen daily across the globe. Because a bed bug bite doesn’t only leave it’s host itching. Bed bug infestations also affect the friends, relatives, and the society in which we live. As a population, we need to learn to take preventative measures against bed bug infestations, especially in dorms and other multi-family dwellings. Landlords, take note.
Because once bed bugs strike, clearing, cleaning, exterminator searching, and stressing about bed bug bites is inevitable. However, prior to bed bug infestations, Bedbug.com has created a full line of scientifically tested anti-bed bug encasement products that, as part of a total pest management solution, are designed to keep your messy roommate, backpacking friend, nosy neighbor, corporate sister-in-law, and most importantly, yourself bed bug free. And with Bedbug.com’s “no questions asked” 21-day money back guarantee, there’s no good reason not to reward yourself with a SecureSleep™ from www.bedbug.com.

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