Bed Bugs Bite Back

Bed bugs are back in many dormitories, hospitals, shelters, private homes and hotels in many cities across America.

Bed bugs live in the seams of mattresses, sofas and bedding and feed on their victims at night.

The good news is that they are not known to carry diseases, but the bad news is that many people develop an itchy swelling when bitten.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is facing rising complaints from homeowners, landlords, hotel chains and housing authorities, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Bed bugs may be back with a vengeance now but they never really went away — not in the United States and not in the rest of the world.

Bed bugs may have become somewhat rarer in the U.S. after World War II — mainly due to the use of some industrial-strength chemicals but they never really went away.

Now they appear to be back in force and are usually associated with impoverished dwellings — whose number is rapidly rising in the U.S. — and inexpensive hotels.

In fact, America is not alone in this — many other “developed countries” have seen a resurgence of the bug. Contributing factors are international travel, immigration and changes in personal cleanliness habits — many have to compromise personal hygiene in the face of worsening economic conditions — and changes in pest control.

There are no official statistical data on the prevalence of the bed bug in the United States but cases are numerous.

As bad as the situation in the U.S. is, the bed bug problem is even worse in Britain (as you would expect really).

In London for example most hotels are thought to be infested with bed bugs. One American lawyer even had to sue an exclusive London hotel after he and his wife became victims of vicious bed bug attacks.

There is only one way to avoid bed bug attacks while staying in a London hotel and that is to sleep in a bath tub.

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Bon Appetit to you li’l one! Enjoy your meal!

Picture courtesy of the BBC website .

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