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“Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.” Sounds like a fragment from a long-forgotten childhood rhyme. Except bedbugs are real. And they bite. A lot. Prepare to be grossed out.
Recently, a friend fell victim to the nighttime creepy crawlies. He was waking up in the morning covered in red, itchy bites, but they weren’t from mosquitoes. Turns out small, but by no means microscopic, parasites were living in his mattress and feeding on his blood while he slept. Is your skin crawling yet?
Well, my skin started to crawl when an apartment I wanted to rent showed up on bedbugregistry.com. A little research revealed that my neighborhood is, in fact, the Florence of a local bedbug renaissance. That’s in addition to the thriving populations of fleas and mosquitoes as big as birds. At least I haven’t noticed any ticks. Excuse me while I zip myself up in mosquito netting and cover myself with delousing cream.
Is there any way to avoid getting parasites like bedbugs? And, besides setting everything on fire, how can you get rid of them?
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