You hear a lot about bed bugs these days. Humanity’s age-old scourge is back, nibbling on people as they sleep in their beds. That old adage: “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” has its basis in fact. The nocturnal insects were common bedfellows during our grandparents’ youth. The nasty little vampires were largely wiped out in the U.S. when DDT-based pesticides made their debut World War II. When health concerns banned DDT, the little buggers started nibbling their way back into our lives.
Today, the news is full of bed bug reports. They’ve been found in every state in the U.S., from New York subways to swank hotels to college dorms to suburban homes. Bed bugs are fast-spreading opportunists who can easily hitch a ride into your lovely, clean home. You can bring home bed bugs on your clothing just by sitting on a bus or taxi seat that has just been vacated by someone infested with bed bugs. They can crawl into your suitcase if you stay in an infested hotel room.
If you do get bed bugs, the important thing to know is that they are not known to transmit disease and you can get rid of them, though you will need professional help. To find out more about bed bugs, visit the Stern Environmental website.