If you’ve ever had the misfortune of dealing with bed bugs, you’ll know what pesky little creatures they are. These apple-seed sized creepy crawlies burrow in the nooks and crannies of your mattress, bed frame, box spring, or headboard. While you lay curled up in bed, they come out from hiding and feed on unsuspecting sleepers. Doesn’t this sound like something straight out of a horror movie?
While the hot temperatures can draw out the insects from the woodworks, you can guard against the dread of a potential bed-bug infestation by simply knowing what these insects look like—something few Americans actually know.
The New York Times highlighted this concept in a recent article when it asked readers to pick out the bed bug in a lineup.
via New York Times
The correct answer: number 4. Did you get it right? If so, good for you. If not, don’t fret; only 28 percent of “leisure travelers”—aka you and me—could correctly discern which critter was the bed bug. In that same survey, business travelers got the answer right 35 percent of the time, but when you spend a lot of time in hotels, you’ve probably, unfortunately, seen your share of bed bugs.
“It’s easy for the public, who doesn’t deal with this stuff a lot, or who has maybe never encountered a problem, to not know a difference, but your parents or grandparents who lived through bed bugs, probably have a better understanding of what they look like,” said Michael Potter, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky.
What do bed bugs look like?
As mentioned previously, adult bed bugs are roughly the size of an apple seed. They are brownish in color, and they can swell and turn red after they’ve fed on blood. While bed bugs may be the thing of your nightmares, fortunately they can’t spread diseases. Another win for humans: Bed bugs can’t fly, and they don’t have wings.
Bed bug bites can become infected, so don’t hesitate to visit a doctor if you have questions. You can also call a pest extermination service to remove the creatures from your home.
So protect yourself, and don’t let the proverbial (but also very real) bed bugs bite!
These life hacks will make your life so much easier.
Unique Life Hack 1
Add a teaspoon of baking soda when you boil your eggs and the shell will come off easily.
Peeling eggs can be so messy and time-consuming. But with this quick hack, you'll be able to peel them like a pro!
Easy Life Hack 14
Use clear nail polish to keep your buttons from unraveling.
We know it sounds weird, but using a few coats of clear polish will keep the threads in place and prevent your buttons from falling off. You won't have to worry about sewing them back on!
Easy Life Hack 15
Create a double clothes hanger by attaching can tabs.
All you have to do is pull the tab off of your finished can of soda, loop it over a hanger, and use another to loop it through the second hole. Pretty cool, right?
Easy Life Hack 11
Use an empty lotion bottle to store your valuables at the beach.
What a clever idea! After all, no one would want to steal a bottle of lotion. So why not use it to keep your phone, wallet, and keys safe?
Unique Life Hack 4
To avoid burning yourself, use a long stick of spaghetti to light your candles.
Who says that pasta is only meant for eating? If you're ever stuck with a candle that has wicks that are hard to reach, don't hesitate to reach for your spaghetti sticks!
Unique Life Hack
To keep your pot of boiling water from running over, put a wooden spoon across the top.
Believe it or not, having a dry wooden spoon over your pot will break those foamy bubbles and prevent it from overflowing. So make sure to have one handy whenever you're boiling food!
Easy Life Hack 6
If you need a clip to secure your snacks, use the ends of your clip hangers.
Save some extra cash by skipping those store-bought chip holders and create your own! The clips will secure almost anything.
Easy Life Hack 13
Use a Bobby Pin to get every last drop of toothpaste out of the tube.
It's time to say goodbye to wasting perfectly good toothpaste! And if you happen to use other products that come in tubes, you can apply the same trick.
Unique Life Hack 20
Put a keyring on your zipper and loop it over the button to keep it zipped up.
You probably wish you knew about this one a long time ago. But on the bright side, you never have to deal with an embarrassing open fly again!
Easy Life Hack 16
Freeze a wet sponge in a ziplock bag to create an ice pack that won't drip.
We've all had to deal with leaky ice packs that drip everywhere — and it's not fun. But thankfully, we've got this life hack to prevent the mess!
Unique Life Hack 17
Use binder clips to keep your cables organized.
Who knew that binder clips could be used as cable organizers? You'll end up saving a ton of time because you won't have to untangle a bunch of wires!
Easy Life Hack 2
Put your pancake batter in a squirt bottle to avoid making big messes.
You'll have less to clean up and your pancakes will come out actually looking like pancakes. It's a win-win!
Unique Life Hack 19
Stack your clothes vertically in your drawers so you have easier access to them.
Not only will you get easier access, but also, you'll save a ton of space because you'll get to fit more clothes! Who can say no to that?
Unique Life Hack 1
Stick your popsicles into cupcake holders to prevent dripping.
Eating frozen treats can get pretty tricky. But with a cupcake holder, you won't have to worry about your grandkids' hands or clothes getting messy!
Easy Life Hack 8
After making microwave popcorn, slightly open the bag and shake the kernels out.
You're probably thinking it's not a big deal. But believe it or not, you could end up accidentally chewing on those pesky little kernels at the bottom of the bag.
Easy Life Hack 10
To heat cold food more evenly, space it out so there's a circle in the middle.
Always stuck with unevenly heated food after microwaving it? If so, then this life hack is the answer to your prayers!
Easy Life Hack 3
Use a shoe rack to organize your cleaning supplies.
It's a smart way to keep them organized and out of the kids' reach. So go ahead and swap those shoes out for cleaning supplies!
Easy Life Hack 5
To avoid watered-down iced coffee, swap regular ice cubes for coffee ice cubes.
No one likes watered-down coffee. To keep the flavor, all you have to do is make your own coffee ice cubes!
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