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G.K. Butterfield:


The Don’t Let The Bedbugs Bite Act:

The Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite Act of 2009 also would require public
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.


5 thoughts on “Happy Democrat Photo

  1. *gag* and *shudder*
    I wonder if our Temper-Pedic mattress is resistant to the little buggers? My Mr. Stellans does travel for his company and this just freaks me out to no end!

  2. this is a big issue. think this american like covered a whole hour. bagging i think wasn’t the answer. mass destruction of what you have. and love. bed bugs are nasty nasty evil bugs. i got head lice from god knows where. luckily not TOO HARD to remove, but bedding to wash and dammit, my hair is not easy to comb.
    did i mention the fleas pansy + cosmo came with?

  3. I’ve never had to deal with bed bugs or head lice, I’ve gotten good at controlling fleas on the pets, but ticks? ghuahhhhhh. Between the deer, the high grass and hot weather, during the summer they are stuff of my obsessive nightmares.

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