BED BUGS!

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Bedbugs are seen in a container from the lab at the National Pest Management Association, during the National Bed Bug Summit in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Bedbugs are seen in a container from the lab at the National Pest Management Association, during the National Bed Bug Summit in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Guests: Mark Squilla, Michael Levy, Brooke Borel

Philadelphia is now the most bed bug infested city in the country, according to a new study by Terminix. Over the past ten years, these mini-vampires have been spreading through cities across the world, striking terror into the hearts of urban dwellers everywhere. They come with a high social stigma, and ridding your home of them is even harder than getting a good night’s sleep knowing that that they are ready to feast on your veins the minute you’ve let your guard down. Today on the show, we’re going to talk about bed bugs – why they are on the rise, the dangers they pose, the mental havoc they wreak, and how to protect yourself from them. Our guests are BROOKE BOREL, author of Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World, and MICHAEL LEVY, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. Also joining us will be Philadelphia City Councilman, MARK SQUILLA, to tell us about his efforts over the years to protect city residents from bed bugs.

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