At one point in the not so distant past, it was doubtful that many people under the age of 40 had ever heard much about bed bugs, and it is even more doubtful that any had the opportunity to come face to face with one. Bed bugs were just part of a good night phrase that the older generation would say as you scurried up the stairs to bed. Now, it is no wonder that many of these same people are at a loss when they hear that the bed bug has made a huge comeback in recent years.
Millions cringe at the mere mention of them, and there have been horror movies dedicated to them. Just the thought of a city sewer system brings up the image in your mind of hordes of these creatures squealing and squabbling in layers of waste. We have depicted them as creatures that live only in dirty abandoned buildings, sewers, and dumpsters; but this is not accurate. These pests can also live in our homes, and when they appear there, they are a creature that makes us shudder or scream in fear. The Norway rat is only around 7-9 inches long and weighs about 12 ounces, but despite their small size, few would ever look at a rat and express anything but dread and disgust. The question is, “did the Norway rat earn its bad reputation?”