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This Donald Sterling issue has grown contentious. Almost no one’s in his corner after hearing the phone call on TMZ— his racism is fairly…what’s the phrase?…black and whiteWe say “good riddance” to Sterling. But let’s not paint Ms. Stiviano as the babe in the woods. What she did was deceptive, manipulative, and self-serving. And while we’re on the topic of bloodsucking parasites,  it’s time to discuss bed bugs.

The word “bug” was first used to specifically refer to bed bugs—Cimex lectularius in the Latin. They’re reddish-brown, oval-shaped, and 4 to 5.5 millimeters long (big enough to see). Like vampires, they come out at night and live on blood.

They’ve been plaguing humans since the time of Aristotle, and have been making a huge comeback in recent years—in 2004 there were five hundred reported cases of bed bugs in New York City. In 2009, there were ten thousand. This is probably due to pesticide resistance and more inter-traveling between developed and developing countries, but no one knows for sure.

One giveaway of a bed bug infestation is their characteristic smell of rotting raspberries. Other signs are itchy skin rashes, brown spots on fabric, and tiny molted shells.

If you’ve got bed bugs, you need help. They’re not going anywhere. Bed bugs only need to feed about once a week. But they can survive without food for five months or more. They can also live in a wide range of climates (they’re found all over the world). Making matters worse, there’s no foolproof bed bug pesticide.

But bed bugs have an Achilles’ heel: temperatures above 113 °F. Bed bugs of every life-cycle stage will be dead in seven minutes at that heat. We’ll come to your house and safely fry every last one of them…we guarantee it. Give us a call, and it’ll just be “Nighty night.” Rest easy this summer!