Submitted by rove on Mon, 06/03/2013 – 09:34
You may have thought you would only find crawling critters
in the Myriad Botanical Gardens downtown. If that’s the case, you thought
wrong. Bed bugs, one of the most invasive and detestable species of insect, can
weasel their way into your precious home without your knowledge. Once inside,
they will stay there forever, feasting on the blood of their sleeping victims.
The sleeping victim, in case you haven’t figured out, is
you. It’s like a National Geographic Special in your house, except you are the
gazelle and bed bugs are the Lions.
That is, unless you call a professional.
Where Did They Come From?
Bed bugs originated in tropical climates, but these persistent
hitchhikers now live in all corners of the globe. And while they were once
almost eradicated in the U.S. after WWII, the recent trend of international
travel to more remote countries has helped them in their resurgence here.
And they don’t relegate themselves to dingy dwellings. They
are perfectly comfortable in 5-star hotels and upscale mansions. If you do have
bed bugs, don’t beat yourself up about it. It happens to the nicest people.
Once bed bugs enter your house, their first destination is
your bed, your couch, or any other comfortable corner of your home. These
critters are active while you sleep, and will feast on humans whenever they get
a chance. They actually have TV commercials voiced over by their version of
Matthew McConaughey stating, “People, they’re what’s for dinner.” Disgusting.
Even though their bite is painless, welts will usually appear the next day, or
even a few days after.
What’s the Big Deal?
These welts can be a pain. They itch, they sting, and they
take a while to go away. And just to add a new level of fear to bed bugs,
recent bed bug populations have been found carrying dangerous viruses like the
deadly Mercer virus. They are the closest things to the vampires you watched on
late night TV as a child; except you can’t change the channel.
The only thing you can do, is call a professional
exterminator. Even a recent episode of The
Savings Experiment recommended a professional exterminator over
do-it-yourself methods. That’s a pretty dramatic recommendation from a program
that can show you 900 things you can do with dryer sheets.
At-home kits can provide temporary relief, but the results
won’t last for long. The average female bed bug reaches maturity in a few
weeks, and can lay up to a dozen eggs each and every day. This means that if
you don’t catch that infestation early, you could have hundreds of bed bugs in
your house in just a few months.
What to Do Now?
If you are into reality television, you can make a reality
series where you and your family try different do-it-yourself methods and then
play hide and seek with all the survivors. It could be quite entertaining. Or
you can do the smart thing and call a professional exterminator right here in Oklahoma City, so you can rest easy and get a good night’s sleep.