The bed bug epidemic has taken North America by storm, invading our beds and dominating the headlines. But is all that buzz warranted? CBC Radio posted an interesting perspective on the blood-sucking invasion, asking the question: Are bed bugs the perfect symbol of urban paranoia?
They’ve worked their way into our fears and imaginations, reminding us constantly of the old bedtime adage, “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite;” now, they’re the star in Bedbugs, a new book by Ben Winters. The Kansas City Star calls it “’Rosemary’s Baby, with bedbugs,” while Daemon’s Books says “I guarantee you will have the creepy ‘I need to bleach my pillowcases in hot water’ crawlies for days after.”
We won’t give away the juicy details (no pun intended), but rather ask you: do you think bed bugs are a symbol of urban paranoia? How do you feel about the epidemic? Lend your thoughts in the comments below.