Don’t let the bed bugs bite

In Health & Lifestyles on September 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm

By:Logan O’Boyle

These tiny bugs hide in bed sheets, mattress seems, and behind headboards. Photo courtesy of Google images

We’ve all heard the saying, “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” However, sleeping tight is hard to do when actual bed bugs are crawling around in your sheets and on your mattress. Bed bugs are small, red bugs that survive on human blood. These bugs are most active at night. During the 1950s, a chemical spray which used DDT and other similar chemicals killed off most bed bugs in the USA. Since then, these bugs are making a comeback, not only in Charlotte but nationwide. Rick Seifert, Owner of Pest Control Authority in East Charlotte, states, “Bed Bugs this year are the worst I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been doing this for 30 years.”

Experts say the reason that there are so many bed bugs in the area has to do with the travel rate. These bugs are known to come into the house with people and on their belongings. Fortunately the bugs will not seriously injure anyone, unless the person bitten has severe health problems. Bed bug bites are commonly mistaken for mosquito bites.

According to the president of Killingsworth Environmental, Andrew Roggers, bed bugs are not hard to get rid, only hard to find. One common place bed bugs can be found is in dressing rooms of clothing stores. To avoid taking any home with you, when trying on clothes, hang all the items on a hanger instead of putting them on the carpet or in a chair. Another main hiding place for these bugs is in hotel rooms. They tend to hide in the bed sheets, the mattress seams, behind the headboards and inside the couches and chairs. Therefore, when staying in a hotel, you should check all of these places before unpacking.

Health officials state that this is a small problem for the Charlotte area. They still, however, think that people should be aware of the threat of infestation. Hopefully by spreading the word about these night crawlers, the problem will easily be avoided and kept under control. 

“It never gets better, only worst,” Roggers stated. The best way to protect yourself from bed bugs is to constantly check your headboard, mattresses, and furniture. By doing this, you will actually be able to sleep tight without worrying about the bed bugs biting.

  1. Thanks for the informative article.I had to deal with the little critters after moving into a furnished apartment,which was a nightmare in itself.

  2. Ick! Ahora no quiero dormir en mi cama!

  3. No me gustan los insectos.

  4. Los chinches son tan brutos!

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