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Vermin and Used Items

March 5th, 2010 at 01:42 pm

I have had various run-ins with vermin over the years. I stayed with my sister in roach-infested apartment for a while. Years later, I had a mouse visit me in a studio apartment that I lived in. (I shrieked and jumped on a chair, just like in the cartoons. Did cartoons influence me? Or do cartoons mimic life?) Mr H works in a downtown area, has had to deal with vermin as part of his job, and as a result I have learned quite a bit about various kinds of vermin. Previously it's been roaches and rats, primarily. Now Mr H is dealing with bedbugs.

Yes, bedbugs.

Mr H has had to learn about them, and as a result I have learned quite a bit about them over the dinner table in the last few months. You can google them; it might gross you out though. Did you know that cochroaches are one of their natural predators? (This led to a rather amusing discussion about using cochroaches on leashes to take care of bedbug problems.) Mr H has requested that any used clothing items I bring home go into the dryer on high for about 20 minutes to kill any possible bedbug eggs. I'm happy to do this. Now that I know way more than I want to about this topic - I sure don't want to take chances with them getting in my house!

Mr H picked up change the other day. He was cleaning up an area for work. He picked up 115 pennies, 3 dimes and 1 nickel. Wow! I was impressed.

I'm putting my mileage for March on a page. With only 5 days in to the month - it looks like if I get in the car I drive at least 20 miles.

4 Responses to “Vermin and Used Items”

  1. LittleMsMom Says:

    They make a lice spray that also works on bed bugs. My husband brought home some bed bugs from one of his travels overseas.

    After that I refuse to buy used fabric furniture, too hard to tell it they might be hiding in the foam.

    It took three roach bombs to rid the apartment of them.

    YUCK!

  2. baselle Says:

    Yes, seeing bedbugs in a mattress was one of the few pluses about a waterbed. You'd only have to clean the edges, not the center of the mattress.

    Good find on the change - the most pennies I've found in one spot was 89.

  3. Homebody Says:

    Hey once I lose my job let's do another car challenge!

  4. Jerry Says:

    I had to do a double-take... on first read, I thought I saw that a MOOSE visited you in a studio apartment you lived in, and that would lead to a one heck of a trap under the kitchen sink! I know what you mean about vermin (our new house was infested with mice once and it was horrible), but they are often hard to get rid of. We ended up paying for an exterminator for about 9 months to give us some insurance that the mice would be gone. I'm sure bedbugs are easier to dispose of... good luck!
    Jerry

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