The Cost of (Almost) Getting Bed Bugs in Los Angeles

There was no mistaking this captured family of bloodsuckers. Erin and Ben definitely had bed bugs.

The Librarians Have it Under Control

One reason people may be buying books again: bed bugs in libraries.

The State of Things: Bugging Out, and Mr. Freeze

Mike: Logan, how has your week been going?

Logan: This whole week has been a total wash for me, Mike. I mean, there have been some high points, but I've basically just been in a haze of not doing work and spending money because I am obsessed with bed begs and they are all I can think about. Who can think of personal finances at a time like this? NOT ME.

When ‘Bugmaggedon’ Strikes

In The Washington Post Magazine, Jessica Goldstein details her experience of discovering bed bugs in her apartment.

In Search of a Place to Live

Two months ago I found, got, and lost my dream apartment over the course of 24 hours.

Bed Bug Season, Hurrayyyy

How much does it cost to get rid of bed bugs?

Places I’ve Lived: Unwashed Dishes in Montreal, Wild Pigs in India and Roasted Marshmallows in Toronto

Claremont and De Maisonneuve, Montreal, Quebec, May 2000-September 2001, $450/month I was still living with my parents when I met James, who needed a roommate. Eighteen and nerdy, I was vastly impressed by guys who revered Hunter S. Thompson and smoked a lot of pot, so I happily moved into this apartment with him. This was despite the fact that the one previous time I’d hung out with James I’d somehow ended up drinking an entire pitcher of vodka and orange juice cooled only by a frozen plastic-wrapped chicken burger (James didn’t have any ice cubes), then slept through an exam the next day. But waking up the first morning in my new, tiny room, where my one window overlooked a row of garbage bins and my bed took up around 85 percent of available floor space, I felt light and free—I didn’t have to worry about following my parents’ rules or eating a proper breakfast any longer! I could even eat licorice for breakfast! I was an adult! This feeling quickly wore off, however, as James and I embarked on a war of attrition over whose turn it was to wash the dishes. As the pile of dirty dishes grew, our apartment became less and less welcoming. Occasionally James and I would strike an uneasy peace, however, and watch episodes of Dark Angel together while eating huge piles of buttered toast. I pretty much survived on buttered toast and licorice that year and, much to my parents’ concern, grew gaunt and wild-eyed.

Free Things My Neighbors Give Away

My neighbors leave out things they don't want.

Brokers vs. Bedbugs: Which is Worse?

Brokers and bedbugs are not unique to cities, but they are native to them, and inescapable. They are invasive parts of the eco-system, specifically the most vulnerable, personal part of it: your home. Neither can be ignored; neither, after you meet one, forgotten.