Sunday, October 4, 2009

RATE IT! The Bed Bug Registry

Time to face facts -- there's a new persistent gang of bullies in town, not afraid to hide in the most uncomfortable of tight squeezes in order to plot their global take over.

No, I'm not talking about Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran's President & his wacko cronies -- but good guess! No, I'm pointing the blame at a plague even more horrid, more creepy (if that's possible!) -- dreaded bed bugs! It's a comeback of epidemic proportions all over the world. I know vampires are really popular right now but heck, we could all do without these grotesque blood suckers.

I feel itchy just writing about it.

Knock on wood, I haven't had the displeasure of making their acquaintance and I sincerely hope I never do but many people haven't been so lucky. The key is not running across these nasties to begin with. Cue Maciej Ceglowski from Romania and his website, The Bed Bug Registry.

Ceglowski set out to create a site where people who have encountered bed bugs first hand can post a quick hit as to where/when the bugs bit. Hotels, apartments even offices are listed and already he's got handy sections featuring New York City, Toronto, San Francisco, Boston and others, with more to be added as people take to the web to warn others. With so much international travel and the waning use of pesticides to kill unwanted creepy crawlies, bed bugs are hitching rides in suitcases and seeing the world more than ever before -- at our expense.

I can't stop looking up addresses in my city but at the same time, it's such a shame that such a site is necessary! Be sure to check out Maciej's website before your next hotel booking, or apartment move. Let's hope the scratching is soon no longer catching!

(I couldn't stomach the thought of posting a photo of *real* blood-sucking bed bugs so the featured colourful cootie will just have to do).


FoundProdigalDaughter said...


I guess it's a good thing though that you can do your research prior to staying at a hotel/motel or moving into an apartment....*shudders*

Anonymous said...

I agree, I think the bedbug registry is so helpful, especially with bedbugs all over the news now - it's so nerve wrecking. I even bought a smart buy for travel from this site with 2 suitcase liners and a travel pillow that bedbugs can't get through. It's awesome, and the pillow is suprisingly soft!

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