While I was cat sitting at a friend's apartment this past week, I wound up extremely ill - I thought I might have had food poisoning given the gross things my body was doing. On top of that I had all of these damn insect bites all over me.
A trip to the ER informed me that I was being bitten by bed bugs and apparently I am one of those rare individuals who is highly allergic to them - thus the illness.
I got home last night and stripped right inside the front door. My clothes, sneakers and backpack were securely tied up in plastic bags to ensure that not even one of those tiny horrors can take up residence at my place.
The photo is just the back of one of my arms and the swelling of bites has already gone down a lot. I have welts all over my legs, arms, back and neck plus a few on my belly.
There was a time when bed bugs were eradicated in the US. Granted we doused our children and everything else with DDT to accomplish this only to learn the chemicals were deadly to humans as well - but the bed bugs were gone anyway.
In recent years the creatures have found their way to The States again thanks to tourists from countries that didn't choose better living through chemistry. The bed bugs are back and man they are hungry.
Article in The Times
Apparently DDT isn't as bad as I made it sound, so if you happen to run across any let me know.