Warning: By the end of this post, you’re going to be itching all over.
Growing up, my mom and dad both had a little saying at bedtime: “Nite-nite, sleep-tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” I really never gave it much thought. They explained to me that it was just a funny little saying, and bed bugs had been eradicated in the United States many years ago. There was simply nothing to worry about because bed bugs were a thing of the past.
I didn’t learn of this problem until I read a post in 2007 on — of all things — Penelope Trunk’s career blog. Trunk blogged about the pests again this last September 27, after a recent trip to New York City. The post literally made me queasy. I immediately did a search on Google to find out if Oklahoma City had a bed bug problem.
Based on an August 2010 story by News 9, there were no bed bugs in Oklahoma until around 2009. By 2010, exterminators reported a 500 percent increase in requests for bed bug exterminations.
I did some more checking and found out the Oklahoma City-County Health Department has an as an aggressive bed bug abatement program for apartment complexes, hotels and motels. That made me feel a lot better. That is, until today, when 10 blocks from my house I passed this senior citizen apartment complex and saw this disgusting mattress spray-painted: BEDBUGS.
Once again, I did a Google search for bed bugs in Oklahoma City. That’s when I turned up an independent, citizen reporting site that features bed bug reports in hotels and apartment complexes all across the nation. I’m not going to link to it because I don’t know if these reports are legitimate, but it was enough to make me nauseous.
There’s been a lot of great news about Oklahoma City’s economy lately. The last thing we need are bed bugs running around town. Unfortunately, this is a growing problem in every city nationwide. Just this week, the Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) reported on a public forum to address their bed bug problem. I hope they’re eradicated sooner than later.
Here are a couple articles to help you address your concerns about bed bugs.