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« on: September 20, 2010 01:38:36 PM »

I was watching the news about how the bedbugs in NY were spreading by hitch hiking in shipping trucks. I was happy I live in the midwest. Then I pannicked when I thought about how swapping may increase my risk. They don't have to come from your partner, just another package in the mail. Am I the only one who is paranoid or concerned? Or am I being unreasonably worried?

« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2010 06:13:33 PM »

You're being unreasonably worried. Even if you do get bedbugs, an easy fix is to sprinkle salt on your mattress, leave it for a few hours, then vacuum it off. The salt dries up both the bugs and any eggs that might be present. If you wash your bedding in a salted water, it will help get rid of them there, too.

Also works for fleas, ticks, and a few other nasties.

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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2010 09:24:58 AM »

I just read an article yesterday calling the spread of bedbugs a pandemic, and now I'm also totally freaked out and itchy. I hadn't thought about the mail aspect!

I'm not going to overly worry about it because here in Colorado we'll start getting hard freezes at night soon and that would kill off any nasties in the trucks.

Whatever you do though, don't start looking at bedbug pictures on the 'net. I need to go scrub with bleach or something!

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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2011 07:15:21 PM »

Having dealt with bedbugs in the past I feel your concern. All the beds in my house have bedbug proof mattresses on them now and that puts me at ease. If they don't have somewhere to live (and feed regularly *shudder*) they won't stick around. It wasn't cheap, but it was completely worth it for my sanity. ALSO, because they won't stick around where they can't feed it is unlikely they would stick around in a box during shipment.

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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2011 11:45:36 AM »

here i go adding to your already freaking out problem.  I had a roach crawl out of a box from a swap once. It was a swap on swapbot and not on craftster but it was still a swap. the box was very nicely taped up.  so taped up that i had to get scissors to get the box open because all of the possible openings were heavily taped.  its a good thing i was at the post office when i got the box open because that little critter crawled out and i refused to even touch the contents.  my mister had to get the contents out, shake it out to prove to me there were no more and then i ended up throwing all the fabric and yarn into a dryer at high temps for like 30 minutes.  everything else, i couldnt bear to take inside.  i ended up throwing out most of the package.

I havent swapped on swapbot since.  lol

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« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2011 03:52:07 PM »

I did a pillow case swap on another website, and opened the envelope, to pull out a pillowcase in a zip bag...with lots of fleas.  It was gross lucky fleas are a easy problem to fix, a few hours in dish water and a washing machine and dryer trip later no more fleas. When I talked to my swap pattern she said it mist have come from her wash line outside, time to cut the grass.

When I do a swap I like to think the person is has clean has I'm but, I almost always wash anything cloth I get, its like shopping at a thrift sore it may be clean but you never know for sure.
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« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2011 12:26:35 AM »

Put things in a Ziplock in your freezer for a week or two -- it will kill any little hitch-hikers. A good idea for eBay items also.

« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2011 12:06:48 PM »

Put things in a Ziplock in your freezer for a week or two -- it will kill any little hitch-hikers. A good idea for eBay items also.

This just made me giggle - not the original idea, but the extreme application it prompted in my head.  "Swap xyz - Received....will post pictures in two weeks after the shipping box comes out of my freezer."  Grin  (I know you didn't mean to not open the package.  That's just what came to mind for me.)

« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2011 01:58:15 PM »

... really shouldn't have read this post.

« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2011 06:30:13 PM »

If it makes you feel any better I work at a Public Health Department in NY and while bed bugs are annoying they do NOT carry diseases so that's always a great bonus to think about Smiley

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