After waking up one night in sheets teeming with tiny bugs, Josh Benton could not sleep for months and kept a flashlight and can of insecticide with him in bed.
“We were afraid to even tell people about it at first,” Benton said of the bedbugs in his home. “It feels like maybe some way your living is encouraging this, that you’re living in a bad neighborhood or have a dirty apartment.”
Absent from the United States for so long that some thought they were a myth, bedbugs are back. Entomologists and pest control professionals are reporting a dramatic increase in infestations throughout the country, and no one knows exactly why.
“It’s no secret that bedbugs are making a comeback,” said Dan Suiter, an associate professor of entomology at the University of Georgia.
We had an outbreak of these in a dorm in college. They practically had to burn the building to the ground — dastardly little things. But what are you going to do…you can’t be like: “Yeah Baby, all that itching is just the tingling sensation of arousal.”