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Subject: More RC ROFLMAO
Date Posted: 10/24/2009 9:22 PM ET
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Got an RC tonight that says they want books with no loose, falling out pages...and I also cannot accept books from homes that have had bed bugs.

Night night...don't let the bedb....well, you know.

I'm still trying to decide whether to accept or not. Do I need an Orkin "bed bug free" certificate for my home, do ya think?

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 9:30 PM ET
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That sounds like a *keeper* for TomeTrader's collection of wacky RC's!  Ick & LOL!

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 9:43 PM ET
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We got a notice from out apartment complex about bedbugs being an issue in other areas and to wash any linens before using them if bought from a store.

So they might be having bed bug plagues too.

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 9:52 PM ET
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In my area, we are overloaded with illegal aliens and they seem to be bringing bedbugs with them. Many apt complexes and buildings have had to start spraying for them. It's disgusting!

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 9:58 PM ET
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So I guess if I had them, I would know, is that what you're saying? I don't think I've ever seen one and I don't know anything about them. Would they survive a cross country trip inside a book? Is an RC like this really necessary?

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 10:11 PM ET
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I don't think I've ever seen one and I don't know anything about them. Would they survive a cross country trip inside a book?

Apparently...

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2009/08/dont-let-the-book-bugs-bite.html

...a friend of hers had suffered an infestation that left her books dumpster-bound. I didn’t know such horrors were possible, so I contacted Louis N. Sorkin, an entomologist and bedbug expert at the American Museum of Natural History, for details.

“Bedbugs will be wherever they fit,” he said. “I’ve found them on wood, metal, plastic surfaces, electronics, electric clocks, laptops, cell phones, stereos, clothing, bathroom tile, grout, cracks in wooden floors, inside chandelier bases, seams of shoes, soles of shoes, etc. People have used vacuuming, freezing, Vikane fumigation, No-Pest Strips, and heat for book treatments.”

 

 

 

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 10:27 PM ET
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Yep, they could definitely survive a trip in the mail, people bring them home in their luggage all the time. Knowing what it takes to get rid of them, I can understand someone who has had first hand experience with an infestation feeling the need to have an RC like that. 

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 10:46 PM ET
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They live forever and are almost impossible to get rid of (they can lie dormant for months).  I really do understand that RC, as people here are too frightened to buy furniture at stoop sales or to pick up things that have been left outside to be picked up by the trash.

There's a huge, huge bedbug epidemic all over NYC. 

Date Posted: 10/24/2009 11:01 PM ET
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Well, I reckon I'm going to have to decline then if it's that serious of a problem. I'm pretty sure I don't have bedbugs, but I just picked this book up at a sale this morning, so I've no idea where it's been...

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 1:23 AM ET
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ewww...

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 1:34 AM ET
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This was a LOL for me! I'm still chuckling. Maybe I shouldn't be. That never would have occurred to me. And you can rest assured I live in an area with a high illegal alien population as well. 



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Date Posted: 10/25/2009 1:51 AM ET
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So I guess if I had them, I would know, is that what you're saying?

Yup.

And tying bed bugs to illegal immigration is just silly.  Seriously. 

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 3:44 AM ET
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Ewww! I guess I'm never reading another used book in bed again.

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 3:48 AM ET
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Maybe we all have bedbugs anyhow! ;)

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 7:35 AM ET
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(Excuse me while I scratch myself.)

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 10:31 AM ET
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I am itchy all over after reading this thread.  I also feel like I need to run out and buy a new mattres-but I can't afford one.

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 12:31 PM ET
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Wow, this conversation makes me feel itchy.  I wonder, can you have bedbugs with a waterbed?  Hhhhmmmmmm.  I used to think bedbug were a myth kind of like glow worms.  They DO exist.  I have seen a glow worm once but I've never seen a bedbug (and I never want to see one!)

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 12:44 PM ET
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Some morning talk show I was watching on Friday did a whole segment on bedbugs.  They mentioned that the USA is having the biggest infestation of bedbugs since the 1950's.  Many cities are crawling with them.  People will usually notice little bites on their ankles, legs and arms.  The expert said if you lift your mattress or look under the sewn edge of your mattress you may find them.  (They are small but big enough to see with the naked eye.)  The guy said you have to spray to get rid of them.   You also have to clean all your clothes, bedding, anything that they could possibly live in and put them through a dryer on high heat to kill them.  

It doesn't sound like much fun.   I don't know what you would do with your books if they were infested.

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 12:49 PM ET
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It doesn't sound like much fun.   I don't know what you would do with your books if they were infested.

I wonder if you could pop a book in the microwave long enough to kill the bugs but not ruin the book?

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 12:57 PM ET
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I was cuious about the microwaving, so I looked it up.  Apparently, microwaving clothing works, but books get destroyed by the legnth of time it takes to kill them in the microwave.

Now I'm all itchy.

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 1:51 PM ET
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I'm waiting for an RC that says "don't send the book if you have H1N1".

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 2:32 PM ET
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My sister got bed bugs from a neighbor in her apartment complex.  Apparently they can crawl under walls and do other disturbing things.  When she went to the doctor wondering what the painful itchy bumps on her body were the doctor identified them as bed bugs.   She called an exterminator who said "oh yeah, we thought other people in your building might have them.  We aren't supposed to tell you but your neighbors had an infestation."   With how difficult it is to get rid of them it seems wrong they can't let you know other people in your building have them.   There are precautions you can take, but she ended up having to replace her mattress, which is not cheap.  The exterminator said that putting your clothes in the car for a few hours to kill them works pretty well which I would imagine would also work with books, but it was also summer in Texas so it was 100 degrees outside and around 150 in a car in the sun. 

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 2:54 PM ET
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I've heard that you can put unwashable items, like stuffed animals and hair bows, in a sealed plastic bag for a couple of weeks to kill head lice.  I wonder if that would work for books and bedbugs?

Date Posted: 10/25/2009 3:32 PM ET
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Great! Another fine addition to my collection.

Date Posted: 10/26/2009 3:42 PM ET
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You know, I almost don't blame them for that RC. Bed bugs are so brutal. They're terrible to live with, hard to get rid of, and just gross. I remember one of my friends had them in his apartment for one reason or another, the sad defeated tone of his voice when he'd call was almost too much. Poor guy, wound up moving. I know I wouldn't be adding it to any RC of mine, or even worrying about it too much (except for a tiny voice in the very back of my brain), but I can understand it. :)

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