Now that spring is here can we stop talking about bed bugs? It seems like every few days in the news there is a story about bed bugs and it's been that way for months. Home improvement stores even carry bed bug killers, something they never did in past years.
Until recently, many people thought the line "sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite" that we often tell our children at night was nothing more than a nursery rhyme, that bed bugs were a thing of the past. Not so. They've made a resurgence.
Health care officials have warned us not to buy or use second-hand furniture as the little critters can hide out in the cushions and the seams in the upholstery. They've told us not to pile coats on top of a bed the way many people do when there is a party. Now they are warning us, with vacation season coming, to be very careful in hotels and motels. They say we should open and unpack our suitcases in the bathtub and only the bathtub. Why the bathtub? Because bed bugs have been known to live in hotel room carpets, furniture and beds. The bugs won't be in the bathtub as there is nothing for them to eat. Open your suitcase anywhere else and you risk taking the bed bugs home with you.
This is a real reminder that no matter how much man controls nature, nature always finds a way to get her revenge.