Living in an apartment building for the past six months, we have experienced both (the lice came from the daycare our kids attend, and the bedbugs, well -- we haven't had them personally, but the folks in the unit above us have, and so we sprayed and then caulked EVERYWHERE as a preventative measure, and so far we have been lucky. The bug situation in our building has been an irritant and a source of stress, but not a full fledged personal drama!)
My perogative has been to speak openly about these situations so that others might feel comfortable to do likewise. Rather than feel like a piarrah and keep my mouth shut, I have joked incessently within the various circles I move, about the bugs in our building and on the boys' heads. While some circles around me have "widened" slightly when I share this information, others have breathed a collective sigh of relief.
You see, it turns out that the middle and upper classes do have bug problems... Just this week someone in a class I'm taking told me about his son having lice, and how shocked he had been because his kids went to a well known private school, and he thought lice was a condition of the lower classes. Another fellow shared that he hadn't wanted to tell anyone, but he's had bedbugs for over a week and it's killing him -- he went into explicit detail about it, and we all showered him with genuine concern and empathy.
As a homeowner (yes we rent here, but we have a place out East, too) and someone with a higher education, I think it is critical to share the ills of life with others -- only through this kind of openness can we dispel the myths surrounding various societal issues, and begin to actually move forward with acceptance, understanding and concrete solutions.
Lice and bedbugs -- they're everywhere, not just in the poorhouse!