housing agencies to submit bedbug inspection plans to the federal
government. It would add bedbugs to a rodent and cockroach program in
the Department of Health and Human Services. It also would require the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research bedbugs’ impact
on public mental health.
Butterfield’s letter to congressional
colleagues about the legislation attracted lots of attention: It was
topped with a full-color picture of the insect sitting on human skin.
in recent years, the United States has seen a resurgence in bedbugs,”
the letter reads. “That’s right — they’re back in the sack — and
Mr. A and I had an infestation of these things a few years ago. At first I blamed them on this shithole we stayed at one night, but later the exterminator told me they were all through the building and it was possible a neighbor had brought them in. Whatever the case, all of a sudden I was waking up with what felt like mosquito bites and couldn’t figure out how a mosquito got in. Bug spray didn’t help, long sleeves didn’t help, keeping the windows closed in August didn’t help, and then one day I saw the little fuckers. Ugggghhh. I hate insects. I will handle snakes and pet lizards and coo at mice but a fly sends me screaming for a swatter. The idea of insects in the BED was nightmare-inducing.
It took monthly visits from an exterminator for a year and a half to eradicate the bastards, plus bagging the mattresses and pillows, laundering everything in the house, scouring the walls, floors, furniture and pets, and caulking every crack in which they might hide. And I’m still freaked out about them coming back. Anybody willing to push for more funding to drive them to extinction is my new political boyfriend.