Good night, sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite!
Not my words of course, but those of every single parent at one time or another when putting their children to bed.
It’s a pretty cheeky and frankly demanding form of saying goodbye, because ultimately if the bedbugs do bite me while I’m in the land of nod, I won’t be able to do anything about it. Say you wake up covered in bites, what are your parents gonna do? Ridicule you? Make you out to be weak and passive cause you’re made to sleep in a bed teeming with insects?
Bedbugs, in case you don’t know, are small blood-sucking insects that live in cracks and crevices in and around beds. They crawl out at night and bite exposed skin to feed on blood, which, yeah, is minging.
Their colour, if you sleep with the lights on, varies between dark yellow, red or brown.
They aren’t dangerous nor do they spread any diseases, but being bitten isn’t great at the of the day is it?
So you can see why one woman was disgusted to find a bunch of the b*stards on her BUS SEAT recently.
Crystal Lopez, from Philadelphia, PA, explained:
I was on the 26 bus and was on my way to Bridge St to board the 56 bus when I started feeling A burning itching sensation throughout my entire left arm the next thing you know I look and it’s over a thousand bed bugs and I get up and quickly notify the driver and she pulled the bus over, letting everyone off. As we waited for the supervisor I also caught a very bad allergic reaction.
Disgusting. I know buses aren’t exactly the first class section of an Emirates flight but there has to be a line.
Looking for signs of bedbugs in your own room, or God forbid a bus? Here’s what to look out for:
Small bugs or tiny white eggs in the crevices and joints of your mattress and furniture.
Bites on your skin.
Tiny black spots on your mattress – this could be their dried poo mottled bedbug shells.
Blood spots on your sheets – these can occur if you squash a bug after it has fed an unpleasant, musty scent in your bedroom.
If you want to get rid of them, good luck doing it yourself. Bedbugs are notoriously difficult to shut out of your room. Your best bet is to contact your local council or a pest control firm that’s a member of the British Pest Control Association or National Pest Technicians Association.
A technician will carry out an inspection to confirm an infestation. They can then use special treatments such as insecticide, a steamer or rapid freeze system to get rid of the critters.
The NHS advises:
Wash infested clothes or bed linen at 60C, or put them in a dryer on a hot setting for 30 minutes.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to suck up any bugs you can see – dispose of the contents of the vacuum cleaner in a sealed bag.
Consider throwing away any mattress or furniture that’s heavily infested
Use plastic mattress covers that encase the entire mattress – this will stop any bedbugs getting in or out.
Hope this helps you all out. Alternatively: never go to bed or ride a bus.
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