I’ve got bad news for you, Tree Frog, and all my bedbug-fighting, organic-loving friends.
I don’t think the natural, non-toxic methods are going to kill the bedbugs. I think the professionals with horrid, disease-causing chemicals might be the only way to do it, and even they have trouble completely eradicating them. You have to kill them where they live, and they live in your walls, in the cracks in the floor, behind the electrical switch plates, in every nook and cranny of your furniture . . . we’ve already thrown out Rocky’s mattress, our luggage set and Sunny’s dog bed, and our box spring and mattress are next (Rukan has admitted that she will never, ever sleep on it ever again, knowing that bedbugs might be hatching inside). We might have to throw out our living room furniture, too. My wonderful Ikea chaise that I adore, from the defect room, a bargain I may never see again. Do we have the money to buy a new bed, a new couch, new luggage? Hmm . . . yeah, not so much. And this just because of sighting a few little bugs. A few little bugs that creep out in the black of night to suck your blood, vampire-like, and apparently multiply in your walls at the speed of sound.
My mother-in-law contacted an exterminator on our behalf. Want to know what he told her? He said that bedbugs are going to explode in number, and no one, not any of us, will be able to avoid getting them in our homes. We. Are. Their. Food.
The good news is, maybe Earth will collide with a large asteroid, and all life, including bedbugs, will be destroyed.
The bad news is, what will I blog about then??
I’m taking a poll. How come bedbugs have America in hysterics? Apparently they don’t carry diseases. Why not fleas? Fleas carry diseases. And what ever happened to the West Nile hysteria? Just look out there on the web, and you’ll see what I mean – it’s not just us. Is it the powerful stigma? Is it the sleep you’re losing, knowing that they crawl out in the dark to feed on you? Is it just that they’re icky? Or, is it delusional parasitosis? Delusional parasitosis, a condition, according to Wikipedia, often brought about by a sensation called “formication”. No, forMication. It’s the feeling that bugs are biting you.
I feel itchy.