Good Night, Sleep Tite

6 September 2013

Perhaps as a child, after being tucked into bed and ready for a nice night of slumber, your Mom or Dad would sneak by your bedside and sing a little rhyme that went like this:

Good night, sleep tight,

Don’t let the bed bugs bite,

Wake up bright

In the morning light

To do what’s right

With all your might

These days, the romantic rhyme has been modified a bit and now goes something like this:

Good night, sleep tight,

Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

And if they do,

Then take your shoe,

And knock ‘em ‘til

They’re black and blue!

Virtually extinct for decades, bed bugs have found their way back into society, and they are much more serious than a nursery rhyme will tell. In fact, be warned- bed bugs aren’t just back, they’re back with a vengeance.

The use of the highly toxic pesticide known as DDT basically eradicated these critters for decades. Once the pesticide was banned, bed bugs began creeping back into the bed sheets. The recent increase in international travel has also helped give rise to an evolved super bug that is nearly impossible to kill.

Why the bed sheets you ask? Why can’t they leave you alone and creep elsewhere? Mattresses and bedding are an optimal place for bed bugs to live because of the accessibility to your blood, body heat, skin flakes, and carbon dioxide you exhale.

The good news? Bed bugs won’t kill you. Unlike mosquitoes, most bed bugs don’t transfer diseases. Some extreme cases include severe allergic reactions, but for the most part they’re only creepy nuisances. However, the mental anxiety they can inflict drives the average afflicted family to spend around Back