The plague of bedbug false alarms

September 13, 2010

My story on bedbugs is now up on Slate. This story was inspired by a series of run-ins with bedbugs — both real and assumed — in Baltimore and Washington, DC. Writing this piece helped reaffirm for me how little we know about household biology (who exactly are the tiny critters we co-habitate with?) and how easily we mistake a long list of small insects for bedbugs. Perhaps my next big project will be an illustrated guide to household bugs.