Avoiding bed bug bites can be as challenging as playing a very difficult video game

 

Doom really blew my mind when I first started to play that video game. It really did. Why? Well, prior to that, I was playing Donkey Kong, Frogger, Dig Dug, that kind of stuff. And, these games were cute. Like, Super Mario Brothers had an amazing soundtrack. And who doesn’t love nice cartoonish graphics?

But there was something missing. There was no sense of urgency. It’s not like my life depended on me knocking that block so that coins will come up or some sort of mushroom will appear. That’s the dynamics of Super Mario Brothers. It’s basically fairly shallow. It’s obvious that it’s just a cartoon fantasy, and it’s really not that big of a deal. You can stop the game in your tracks.

Well, I was blown away when Doom dropped. Why? Because it actually pulls you in. It’s a game that you live in. It’s a game that is in your face.

When you shoot at your enemy, the brains splatter all over you. The blood splatters in that space. It’s immediate. There is a high likelihood of a person to person connection. And I’m not just talking about emotional immediacy, mind you. I’m also talking about your sensory space as far as your ability to perceive.

And if you think that Doom was kind of a one off, well, let me tell you, it’s actually the granddaddy of all modern video games. Whether you’re talking about Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty, that same emotional urgency of inhabiting that three dimensional space in front of you has become the default standard.

Now, what does this have to do with bed bugs? Well, believe me, knocking out bed bugs is just as challenging as playing a video game because it immerses you in the worst kind of reality. I don’t know about you, but if you’ve suffered from bed bugs, they are not exactly very easy to track down. But you know full well, in the worst way possible, if you have a bed bug infestation.

This is why you really can’t use some sort of bomb approach. A lot of people are thinking that there’s some sort of product that you just fumigate a whole room to knock out bed bugs. It doesn’t work that way. Bed bugs can hide, bed bugs can even hibernate, so it takes a really high level of strategy and forward thinking to knock out bed bug bites and bed bug-related problems once and for all.

Ultimately, it boils down to hygiene and lifestyle. If you are a particularly clean person and you take full responsibility for your living space and you are proactive, chances are quite high you won’t have a bed bug issue. If, on the other hand, you’re fairly dirty, lazy and couldn’t really care less about your surroundings, I’m sorry to be the one to say this to you, but don’t be surprised if bed bugs, along with cockroaches, ants and other nasty pests enter the picture.

You have to understand that these pests only become part of your daily waking reality because of your habits. People who have clean habits don’t have anything to worry about.