The secret of Sylvester Stallone’s success has at last been revealed!  Bed bugs!

When he was a child growing up in Philadelphia, there was such a tremendous infestation of them, that it built up his character so that he just HAD to succeed and keep hoping, trying, and building himself in order to make it big in the movie business, in order to buy himself a new bed without bedbugs.  Nothing motivates folks quite like waking up in the morning with little bite marks all over his body, and especially marring the appearance of so beautiful and well-made body as that of a professional athlete like The Great Sty Stallone.

Bed bugs build character!

They make you want to get out and succeed.  But seriously, folks, a bed full of bugs is really a serious problem, and we must all hope that American science and ingenuity are working day and night to come up with a solution to this unpleasant and destructive problem, one that infects millions and millions of beds all over the world, and not only in Philadelphia.  The NIH (National Institute for Health) must be given grants and matching fellowships to help it work on this problem before bedbugs become so common it will no longer be feasible to get rid of them.

bed bugs in philly

Would you want to share your bed with this little bed bug?

Which U.S. City Has the Worst Bed Bugs?

It’s an honor no American metropolis would fight for: The City That Bites You Back.

But in any race, there’s a loser as well as a winner, and Philadelphia tops this year’s list of the most bed bug-infested cities in the U.S. Terminix, the world’s largest pest control company, annually ranks major cities based on the number of infestations confirmed by their staff. This year’s rankings have Cincinnati coming in second and New York City — the most-infested city for the past two years — coming in third. Cleveland, Miami, Houston, Indianapolis and New Haven joined the top 15 this year.

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Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius L.) are parasites that feed on human blood and prefer to live in beds or other household furniture. Victims are often attacked in their sleep, unaware that they are being bitten.

Symptoms of bed bug attacks include itchy red welts on the skin and, for some patients, allergic reactions triggered by the insects’ saliva. Because the bites remove some of the victim’s blood, prolonged exposure can in rare cases lead to anemic conditions.

A very useful part of this article is that it describes the symptoms people feel after an attack by bedbugs.  The article also very usefully and importantly points out that the symptoms, even though they are just little red marks, can be very extremely serious, and might under some circumstances lead even to anemia and possibly even death.

Terminix warns that the national bed bug epidemic, which began a few years ago, will likely spread to more cities as pests hitch rides with unknowing summer travelers. To be on guard against the pests, the company advises travelers to check hotel mattresses, headboards and box springs for bugs, bug exoskeletons and dark blood spots. To avoid picking up the parasites, you should hang all your clothing — don’t store any items in drawers or lay them out on the bed or furniture. Luggage should be kept on the luggage rack or as far away from the floor as possible.

To avoid spreading the bugs after a possible exposure, travelers should immediately vacuum their suitcases and wash their clothing in hot water upon returning home. In neighborhoods already known to be infested, it might be advisable to take even more defensive measures, such as covering mattresses and box springs with a bug-proof plastic cover.

If you think you’ve contracted bed bugs, better call an exterminator: bed bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of on your own. As TIME reported last week, consumer “bug bombs” or “foggers” have been proven to be ineffective in exterminating the insects and can even make an infestation worse. As TIME reported last year, consumers often overuse home pesticides, which can cause illness and even death. Read the full story of bed bugs in Philly

I am glad to have had the opportunity to share this article with my readers, and I hope to hear from others what you thought about it, and how it helped you.  I might have had a little fun at the beginning, but sometimes it helps to laugh about horrible things.

 

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