Dating bed bugs

He said that's "because they were scared to death about bugs.

She wouldn't date him because he had bedbugs, and she freaked out." The fear of bedbugs is also heightening intimacy tensions.

The exterminator came three times, we threw out our bedframe and side tables and sanity while our clothes and fabrics and curtains lived in trash bags for a quarter of a year. Of the many things I realized in retrospect, including truths about relationships, friendships, and the things we keep just to keep them, what I learned the most about was clothes. All your fabrics must be washed in hot water or put in a hot dryer.

We dealt with a lack of sleep, hallucinations of creepy crawlies, and a general sense that we were going crazy. Then they must be quarantined in trash bags until you can be sure the bed bugs are gone.

In the interim, you must keep a skeleton closet so you can dress for work, exercise, sleep, and just, you know, being a human.

At first, having such a small selection of clothing was hard.

By the time I was done, I had given away up to 75% of my clothes and was left with a closet that only contained things I wanted to wear.

Many New Yorkers questioned reported no contact with bedbugs or any relationship strains because of the fear.Stacie Handwerker, a real estate attorney, said, "I was dating a guy, and he asked me do you have any bedbugs in [your] apartment? " The exterminators are on the front lines of the bedbug battles, and they have seen the casualties: romance.Timothy Wong, the technical director of M&M Environmental exterminators in lower Manhattan, said he has seen couples break up because of bedbugs.One woman said, "I think there's enough excuses not to date someone in New York. Bed bugs have been a household pest issue for more than 3,300 years, dating back to ancient Egypt.

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