By Ann G.
Ever wonder about what you need to know about bedbugs? First, here’s one of the better descriptions of how to check for bedbugs I’ve seen, taken from the American Academy of Dermatology. Check more than just the bedding—they like anything with upholstery! Here’s another to-do list for a new hotel room, from entomologist Bug Girl. If you think you may have missed them though, here’s some good information about how to keep them from coming home or staying with you. In our household, you will find various items of clothing in our freezer after we travel! And, if they do end up deciding to set up house, here’s how to handle them in your own residence.
If you want more in-depth information, The Bed Bug Book: The Complete Guide to Prevention and Extermination is an overview of the situation, with sections on the history, biology, and expected future issues. There’s a good section on how to choose an exterminator, too.
The Bed Bug Survival Guide: The Only Book You Need to Eliminate or Avoid This Pest Now is actually written by a long-time anti-bedbug warrior and has detailed explanations of how you may have picked up this pest, and what you can do about it.
Speaking of pests, bedbugs aren’t the only ones! For a true creep-fest, try Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Rats. As reviewer William Cronon wrote, “The environmental history of people and animals has for too long focused on charismatic megafauna–wolves, grizzlies, cougars–when in fact the day-to-day lives of a great many people are much more intimately involved with less fearsome but rather more troublesome creatures.”