Be very afraid!
Maybe this is not necessarily something to love about Ohio:
Bedbugs are spreading.
At first, they appeared in places that you might expect: dense city centers such as New York, where officials may seek a bed bug czar, and San Francisco, which is trying landlord-education programs to keep the pests away.
But now, there are reports of bedbug infestations in homes and hotels from Ohio to Texas.
Speaking of Ohio — four cities appear in the top fifteen bed-bug hotspots in the U.S. Leading the way at number four: Cincinnati. (Columbus, Dayton and Cleveland also made the list. Toledo’s absence is not explained.)
So should we be worried?
“You should be worried — very, very, very worried,” says Michael Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland who spoke with NPR’s Audie Cornish about the bedbug resurgence. Raupp runs a website called “Bug of the Week,” and this week’s star is — you guessed it — the bedbug.
Wow. This guy must be a riot at parties.
“I find all bugs mysterious, wonderful,” [Raup says.] “These ones I tend to find a little bit despicable. But they’re fascinating in their own regard.
“This business of feeding on other people — the ectoparasitic life — I think we all know some people that do that, don’t we now? And maybe bedbugs aren’t so awfully different than somebody we know,” he says. “So, there’s a little bit of us in them, perhaps.”
I tried to explain this to Erin, who is deeply troubled by bedbugs. “You yourself are responsible for your fear,” I told her, “because you are just as culpable for your ectoparasiticness as I am for mine.”
Good thing I am a master at ducking fast-moving airborne objects!