I just returned last night from a few days in Washington, DC, and as usual, I scouted my mattress for bed bugs. I know I’m not the only person who is edgy about the pesky little critters, as they were a primary topic of conversation nearly all week. However, as creepy as the thought of bed bugs makes me feel, it doesn’t have that effect on everyone.
According to New York Times op-ed contributor May Berenbaum, head of the entomology department at the University of Illinois, bedbugs don’t discriminate. They like people, they conform to our environment and they’re accepting of everyone, regardless of race, creed, political preference or decorating style. To top it all off, they have created an issue that nearly every person agrees on, despite religion or politics: they need to be eradicated.
Read the article here: New York Times Op-Ed from August 8, 2010.