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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Bedbugs have O.C. changing trash policy

By Associated Press

Ocean City is changing its policy on picking up discarded furniture after a bedbug scare and will require furniture left on curbsides to be wrapped in plastic before the city will haul it away.

Deputy Public Works Director Dick Malone says he is trying to protect his employees from bedbugs. In October, an exterminator tipped off city officials that a downtown apartment building discarded 21 bedbug-infested mattresses on the curb.

Malone temporarily suspended bulk trash pickups. His workers later used a mechanical claw to move the infested mattresses.

The Ocean City Council agreed during a recent session to require anyone requesting bulk trash pickup to use giant plastic bags to wrap their items. There is no charge for the city to provide the mandatory plastic bags.

By Associated Press  | December 20, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
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Bedbug bites are worse than flea bites, and bedbugs bite in sequence. You'll be scratching some type of serious insect bite and lift your pants leg to see a row of three or four bites all in sequence. I ended the problem by not working out at the gym. Don't ask where they were at the gym-- I still don't know.

It also makes sense to seal your mattresses in plastic before the bedbugs are carried home.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 20, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Bed bugs will hitch hike on peoples close or in suitcases, so watch who you invite in your house for the holidays or you will be the main course later...

Posted by: Frank60 | December 20, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: bedbugchasers | December 20, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Instead of throwing away stuff, a lot of it can be salvaged with the use of a good steam cleaner. Steam not only kills bed bugs and their eggs, but also effectively cleans up the mess bug bugs leave behind. A good steamer like the Vapamore shouldn't cost more than $300. To buy all new furniture is way too costly to be an option.

Posted by: bedbugjones | December 21, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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