Bedbugs: The Unwanted Fashion Accessory

Surviving Bedbug Infestations My Journey of Swift Action, Canine Assistance, and the Essential Mattress Protector

Through personal experience of encountering bedbugs on four occasions, I have gained valuable knowledge in dealing with them efficiently. Acting swiftly, relying on the expertise of a bug-sniffing dog, and investing in a mattress protector are key practices to adopt.

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Ladies and gentlemen, panic is in the air! Why, you ask? Because the dreaded bedbugs have made their grand entrance into the fashion capital of the world – Paris! And let me assure you, these little critters are not to be taken lightly. As a seasoned New Yorker who has had the unfortunate pleasure of encountering bedbugs not once, not twice, but four times, I am here to share my wisdom on how to survive this ordeal with grace and humor.

Picture this: it’s the summer of 2018, and I, in all my glory, wake up in the middle of the night only to find a tiny bug staring at me from my pillow. Yes, my friends, it was a bedbug. Cue the horror movie soundtrack! Now, this was not my first rodeo with these bloodsucking creatures. In my 34 years of city living, I’ve had the pleasure of discovering them in three different apartments. It seems they just can’t resist my alluring charm.

Now, let’s talk about the psychological torment that accompanies a bedbug encounter. Believe me when I say that after these buggers are gone, every speck of dust and every little itch sends you into a frenzy, convinced they’re back with a vengeance. And the dreams! Oh, the dreams! My dear readers, even Paris couldn’t escape the bedbug invasion. Reports of sightings in movie theaters, trains, and even Charles-de-Gaulle Airport had everyone on edge. The city of love became the city of bugs, and it’s not just limited to Paris, my friends. The UK and US are shaking in their fabulous designer boots, wondering if they’ll be the next victims. Spoiler alert: they already are!

But fear not, my fashion-forward friends, for I am here to guide you through this bedbug-infested runway we call life. Here are my tips and tricks for surviving the bedbug invasion:

Prevention is Key, But It’s Also Just Bad Luck

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The first rule of bedbug survival is to avoid them like the plague. They love to hitch rides in used furniture and clothing, so be cautious when acquiring second-hand items. And let’s talk about those fancy street finds that are begging to grace your living room. Trust me, darling, it’s a trap! Leave them on the street, where they belong. Metal furniture might be a safer bet, but even that comes with a disclaimer. And please, whatever you do, do not even consider buying a used mattress. Just don’t.

Don’t let your guard down even during your glamorous travels. Bedbugs are cunning travelers and can sneak into your suitcase from a hotel or Airbnb. To protect yourself, keep your suitcase in the bathtub. Yes, you heard me right! And when you return home, isolate your suitcase and give your clothes a hot tumble in the dryer. Safety first, my friends!

But let’s face the harsh reality. Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, those sneaky bugs find a way into your home. It’s like they have a sixth sense for your fabulousness. So, don’t beat yourself up. It’s not your fault; it’s just bad bedbug luck!

Waiting Them Out? Oh, Darling, That’s a Big No-No!

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So, you’ve discovered the telltale signs of bedbugs: little bug droppings, suspicious bites, or even a live bug staring back at you. Whatever you do, my dear, do not try to wait them out. It’s like entering a battle of wills with the devil himself. Trust me, you won’t win. Act quickly, my fabulous fashionistas!

Call in the experts – the exterminators. They’ll inspect your place and assess the extent of the infestation. And here’s a little secret: some exterminators even bring adorable bedbug-sniffing dogs along. Yes, you read it right – cute and effective! Don’t let those bugs ruin your glamorous life.

And remember, every bite tells a story. Some people erupt in welts at the mere sight of a bedbug, while others may not show any signs at all. So, don’t underestimate the power of these tiny fashion critics.

Don’t Be a Bad Neighbor – Alert Your Fellow Glamazons

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We all know how important it is to maintain a fabulous relationship with our neighbors, but sometimes we have to have those difficult conversations. If you suspect you have bedbugs, don’t be shy – alert your neighbors! Let them know what’s going on because bedbugs love to spread their wings (or should I say, their tiny legs) from apartment to apartment. Your neighbors might just thank you, albeit begrudgingly, for saving them from the bedbug fashion faux pas.

And let’s not forget our responsibilities as fashion-forward citizens. In some places, like my beloved New York City, landlords are obligated to inspect adjoining apartments if there’s a confirmed case. However, reality check, my darlings – most landlords conveniently forget this little detail. So, you might have to be the superhero and take matters into your own stylish hands.

Treatment Options: Choose Wisely, My Friends!

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Ah, the treatment process – a true battle of endurance and style. Some exterminators require extensive preparation, which can include moving all your furniture, vacuuming, and even dismantling your bed frame. It’s enough to make even the most seasoned fashionista break a sweat. But fear not, my fabulous friends, for there are alternatives.

Consider low or no-prep treatments that allow you to leave everything as is. The experts will assess the situation and treat accordingly. And if you’re in need of some extra pampering, there’s always the option of sending your belongings to a bedbug laundry company. Treat yourself and your couture!

Now, different pest control companies have different methods – from pesticides to freezing the infestation. But let’s not forget the power of fashion-forward thinking. Some experts recommend using Aprehend, a biopesticide infused with bedbug-killing fungi. It’s like a runway show for bugs!

But let’s not forget the financial aspect. If you have the means, hire your own exterminators and show those bugs who’s boss. Your designer wardrobe might take a hit, but it’s a small price to pay for regaining your stylish kingdom.

Fashionable Accessories for a Bedbug-Free Life

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Ah, my lovely fashionistas, no outfit is complete without the right accessories. And in the world of bedbug warfare, the same principle applies. Introducing the must-have accessories for a bedbug-free life:

  1. Climb-Up interceptors: These little cups will catch any bugs that dare to fall from your majestic mattress. Think of them as the tiny bouncers of your bed.

  2. Mattress and box spring protector: Keep those pesky bugs away from your cherished sleeping companions.

  3. Packtite: This fabulous invention will heat up items that can’t go in the dryer – books, shoes, and even your favorite suitcase. It’s like a spa day for your belongings!

Keep Calm and Stay Fabulous

Having a battle of wills with bedbugs is beyond stressful. It can strain relationships, test your sanity, and make you contemplate burning everything you own. But remember, my dear friends, this is just one battle in your glamorous journey through life. Take deep breaths, stay calm, and don’t let those bedbugs dampen your fabulous spirit. After all, you’re a fashion icon, and no pest can take that away from you!

So, my lovely readers, embrace your inner fashion warrior and go forth into the world armed with knowledge, humor, and the most fashionable bug-fighting accessories. Together, we will conquer the bedbug invasion and reclaim our stylish kingdom!

Are you ready to face the bedbug runway? Have you encountered these fearless fashion critics before? Share your bedbug tales and fashion survival tips in the comments below!