Man beset by bedbugs sets apartment ablaze

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tom spinker (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

tom spinker (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

After my bout with bedbugs in NYC, I definitely wanted to burn everything. Luckily my infestation wasn’t that bad, but I did use a lot of 91% rubbing alcohol… on everything. Also food grade diatomaceous earth worked like a charm (in case you find yourself in this unfortunate situation).

Bedbug psychosis is real, people. And the little buggers are making a comeback…

Daniel Bethencourt via USA Today:

The fire started at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday at the St. Antoine Gardens apartment complex in Midtown Detroit. That’s when the man thought bedbugs had returned to his apartment and sprayed alcohol on his couch and body in an attempt to destroy them, said Dan Austin, a mayor’s office spokesman.

But then, while sitting on the alcohol-doused couch, the man lit a cigarette and also tried to set one of the bedbugs on fire, Austin said. That caused the couch to catch fire, along with the man’s body.

Read the full article here.