bedbug horror stories that will keep you up at night

Bedbugs are a nightmare for most people, but some people have some particularly horrible bedbug stories.

Many people mistakenly believe that you only have to worry about bedbugs in big city hotel rooms. But there has been an increase in the number of bed bug cases in the US, with cities of all sizes from coast to coast landing on Orkin’s Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List.

If you’ve ever had bedbugs, you know what a royal pain that they can be. Although any outbreak can be rough, some can be downright awful.

Here are some bed bug horror stories by Reddit users who have battled blood-sucking pests. Of course, these are just for fun as INSIDER can’t independently authenticate the stories.

“I’ve never seen so many out in the open like that. It was a true infestation.”

“I used to be a pest control tech and I got a bedbug call. [When I arrived] the guy was sitting on a bare mattress with a coffee table with a jar on it in front of him. I realized he was picking bedbugs off of himself and putting them in the jar. It was a pint mason jar, 3/4 full and the bugs were crawling out of it and back onto the guy as quickly as he was putting them back in. Hundreds and hundreds. I’ve never seen so many out in the open like that. It was a true infestation.” – Redditor 40andablunt666

“I was given two cans of bug spray per week to spray my entire room with, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough.

“I used to live with a friend who had bedbugs. I was given two cans of Raid per week to spray my entire room with, but it wasn’t anywhere near enough. If I dumped the whole can on/around my bed, I might be able to sleep for one night.

“By the time I found another place to stay and moved out, I wasn’t sleeping anymore. I would be up all night, completely covered, sitting in the middle of the bed, staring around constantly to catch them as they came toward me, getting them with tweezers and lighting them on fire. The family moved out not long after and the house was condemned.” – Redditor Thrown_Star1

“I had an exterminator come out who found three bedbugs at the top of my bed frame.”

“I moved into a new apartment, and about a week after moving in, I got a used couch. Found out three weeks later that it was heavily infested with bedbugs. I had an exterminator come out who found three bedbugs at the top of my bed frame. He used a machine to steam my whole room and steamed down the couch before we moved it into the dumpster downstairs in the building.

“I am still paranoid that some could have dropped off of the couch when moving it in and could be elsewhere in the building or migrated from the couch to other places in my apartment. It is driving me crazy that there is no way that I can confirm they are gone.” – Redditor bedbugstory1234

“Once she put two and two together, she told me that she could see the bedbugs crawling under the sheets at night.”

“My grandmother had bed bugs for several months and didn’t know it until it had gotten way out of hand. For a long time, we thought she was getting seriously ill because of all the ‘rashes’ that appeared seemingly from nowhere. Doctors couldn’t put a finger on the problem. Then one day she lifted up the dust ruffle of her bed to clean and there they were. Hundreds of eggs yet to be hatched. Once she put two and two together, she told me that she could see the bedbugs crawling under the sheets at night.” – Redditor MikiClash

“Close to a month later we received a nasty letter from my old landlord about a bedbug infestation.”

“Nearly a year ago we moved out of an apartment to a house. Close to a month later we received a nasty letter from my old landlord about a bedbug infestation. They said that the new tenants had discovered bedbugs in the apartment and he is blaming us. We have checked, double checked, and triple checked the new house down to using magnifying glasses on furniture and see zero signs of bedbugs anywhere.

“Other than the couch, all furniture came from the old apartment with the couch being replaced because it was broken in the move. The landlord is demanding an increasingly large sum from us to the tune of $4,325 for the heat treatments he had to order for the apartment and we get three to four letters a month now as we have blocked his number and email addresses.” – Redditor legitbedbugquestion

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