Cracked.com features a lively new story about dealing with bed bugs.
The article “Six Horrific Realities of Living with a Bed Bug Infestation” includes some advice this site wouldn’t necessarily recommend (like isolating beds — or human bodies — using Vaseline).
It also features an image of a woman being terrified by an enormous bug– which isn’t a bed bug.
While far from ideal, media outlets using images which aren’t bed bugs in their bed bug stories is not an unusual problem, and this has affected many respected news organizations such as the CBC, CBS, and ABC.
To be fair, the Cracked story also does not actually label this as a bed bug, though it’s implied. Thankfully, correct bed bug images also appear in the story.
Despite all this, the article does convey useful information and gives readers a good sense of what it’s like to live with bed bugs: from landlords who don’t uphold local laws regarding their responsibilities, to the panic that occurs on finding a suspected bite mark right after baking all of one’s belongings in a moving truck, to the social and psychological issues one experiences during and after bed bugs.
Perhaps the larger value of this type of story is not the information contained in it, but its ability to raise awareness. This is a comedy article that is going to reach a lot of people, which is never a bad thing. People who know something about bed bugs are more likely to avoid them and to detect and respond to them earlier.
The article also does a good job of referencing sources for a lot of its information, and of pointing people to good resources.
According to the article, the author was a Bedbugger member:
For support, I found myself reaching out to the only group who could truly sympathize: other people living with infestations. They are clustered on a little island of sanity in the middle of the Internet called BedBugger.com. As a source of news, information, commiseration, and (somehow) rationality, I can confidently say that they are totally responsible for what tattered shreds remain of my sanity (shortly after I joined, one long-term member actually let me call them in the middle of the night and panic). Just knowing other folks are going through the same thing makes you feel less alone. Not that I ever really felt “alone” with the 7 million other inhabitants in my apartment.
Thanks for that, and though I can’t personally take credit for this, I’m sure I speak for everyone here when I say: glad we could help!
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