I think the news media should cover bed bugs more, not less.
However, sometimes I am frustrated by the information readers are given.
For example, a new article from KVAL in Eugene, Oregon states,
A key place to look in your home is the edge of your mattress.
“This will be the first place you check when you peel this back,” Lamm said. “This will be loaded with eggs.” Lamm said.
Really?!? It that always so? It wasn’t in my case, nor in many others. (“Lamm,” by the way, is Joseph Lamm from Mr. Bug Pest Control in Eugene.)
It’s not that you necessarily won’t have “loads” of eggs underneath your mattress.
But if I had a dollar for every person who flipped their mattress back to find absolutely nothing obvious — no live bed bugs, no obvious fecal stains, no bed bug eggs — well, I would be a very rich gal right now.
The danger is that –having flipped the mattress back and seen no bed bug eggs — Eugene residents may simply say, “Well, I guess I don’t have bed bugs.”
When, in fact, they certainly might.
The amount of bed bug evidence you find is going to depend on how long you have had bed bugs. It can be a little, or a lot.
It may even be very difficult to detect, especially for someone with no experience.
And where you find this evidence may vary. The bed is a good place to start, to be sure, but there may be other harborages.
The article is not a bad one, but contains other statements which may mislead those who do not know if they have bed bugs or not.
Take, as a second example, the title of the article, another quote from Mr. Lamm:
If you sleep on your back, you will actually have lines down your side like a feeding trough.
Well, um, maybe.
But bed bug bites can cause a variety of reactions, from nothing, to small pink bite marks, to large red welts, to scabby bites that look like scratches. Bites may be in lines, or rows, or triangles, or they may be single, isolated bite marks.
Readers may rule themselves out as not having bed bugs if they don’t see the signs this PCO is implying are the usual.