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Keeping Bed Bugs at Bay

Updated: Oct 31, 2019


When I first ‘introduced’ my kids to bed bugs many, many years ago their first reaction was fear, then disgust, then a heartfelt plea that I, “Never show them anything like that again!” From that point on, my son dubbed them “Vampire Bugs.”


And he was right: bed bugs are vampires, of a sort, since they live off the blood of other creatures usually we humans and, like vampires, it’s very hard to kill bed bugs. Fortunately for us, bed bugs do not carry any diseases (that we’re aware of) and whatever infections may arise from their bites are usually because the unfortunate recipient has been scratching the lesions so aggressively that they become septic.


How to get rid of bed bug infestation

That doesn’t make a bed bug infestation any easier to bear, of course, but at least you’re not going to die of some exotic, untreatable malady because you’ve been a midnight snack!


Alas, the same cannot be said for fleas and ticks, which between them can carry any number of diseases and unpleasant infections. But that’s the subject for another blog, at another time.



How Can You Tell If It’s a Bed Bug?


You’re forgiven if you can’t immediately identify those marks you developed overnight as bed bug bites. Few of us can, fortunately.


According to the CDC bed bugs are:


“Small, flat, parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people and animals while they sleep. Bed bugs are reddish-brown in color, wingless, range from 1mm to 7mm (roughly the size of Lincoln’s head on a penny), and can live several months without a blood meal.”


As for bed bug bites, the specialists at the