Nov 08 2013


What Lives Under the Carpet (and Other Creepy Things in Your House)


I took the boys to the library a few weeks ago, and Jacob picked out this book, “What Lives Under the Carpet?” He wants to be a scientist when he grows up, and he wanted to get more nonfiction books. Great idea, I thought.

Well, this is one of those books with such creepy, close-up images of bedbugs, fleas, dust mites, and venomous spiders that you don’t want to touch the pages. Jacob, of course, was enthralled and wanted to make sure we read every bit.

It left me wanting to wash the sheets with bleach water and itch all over.

I would vacuum, but guess what? Dust mites (which love your dirty carpet) produce A LOT of little droppings, and if you suck up the dust with an average vacuum cleaner, the droppings pass right through the filter and are blasted into the air for you to breathe! Yikes.

So, our beds might have dust mites, but those bugs only feed on dead skin. Bed bugs, on the other hand, suck your blood while you sleep.

What about when you’re not sleeping? Well, hope that you don’t run into a brown recluse spider (which, according to the book, is rarely deadly but can cause a horrible wound).  Don’t let the kids play with the fly swatter. Flies land on and eat all kinds of things, so they carry some really nasty germs.

And, I’m not even going to talk about fleas…or roaches…or the things that live in our cellars and attics.

Ok, I’m starting to itch again. The library books are due today, and this one will not be renewed. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.



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