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Check-out's at noon, don't let the bedbugs bite!

By J. Freedom du Lac

Have you gotten more than you bargained for during a recent stay at a Washington area hotel? An encounter with bedbugs, perhaps?

If you (or somebody you know) has been attacked by hotel-dwelling bedbugs during a visit to Washington, The Post would like to hear your story. Please send a message to J. Freedom du Lac. I won't bite. Promise.

Meantime, here is a video about USDA entomologist Mark Feldlaufer, one of the government's foremost researchers on bedbugs. His mission is to find new and existing chemicals to kill the bloodsucking pests.

By J. Freedom du Lac  | November 3, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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I remember my mom telling me "Don't let the bedbugs bite", and I always thought they were myths - like that monster in my closet.
Then a couple of years ago I got them - took me weeks to figure out what was going on.
Then I got them again! The first time was moving into an apartment, the second after an overseas trip. They hard to spot, and harder to get rid of.
Afterwards I started a blog on my experience, and the best product I found that gave me the knowledge and plan to get rid of them.

Posted by: JonRPatrick | November 4, 2010 6:00 AM | Report abuse

The bedbug resurgence may be traced to environmental extremism. The EPA has banned effective home use of pesticides like malathion, Propoxur, and DDT. At the same time laundry detergents have been really crippled in effectiveness by removal of phosphates. This, combined with the reduced temperature and wash volumes of "green friendly" washing machines allow bedbugs to survive laundering and even propagate from household to household through laundromats.

Posted by: crunkcar | November 5, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

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