What Can You Do about Bed Bugs, Mosquitoes, Lice and Other Real Creepy Crawlers?

Check the mattress and box springs when staying in hotels.
Check the mattress and box springs when staying in hotels. | Source

Bed Bugs, Mosquitoes and Lice - Real Creepy Crawlers

Unfortunately for the men, women and children of the world, there are bed bugs, mosquitoes, lice and spiders - the real creepy crawlers - which are not so much fun as the games and toys of the same name sold by Amazon

Sure, bed bugs, mosquitoes, lice and spiders serve a purpose somewhere on the food chain of life, but they are also annoyances that man tries to avoid whenever possible, and rightly so. Bed bugs, mosquitoes, lice and spiders are are but a few of the global real creepy crawlers topping the list of bothersome and sometimes deadly creatures that often cause diseases, carry venom or will cause you to hurt yourself as you try to avoid them.

Bed Bugs

First on the list: bed bugs. That tiny little red bug that loves to languish between mattresses and box springs causes a stir wherever they show up. They have been found in some of the most luxurious, high end hotels and apartments in cities like New York. In fact, they have been reported at the Children's Museum in New York just this September, 2012. In November of the same year, they were reported in the Toronto Museum.

Bed bugs scurry from the light, so you don't see them without looking for them. You usually find out that they have taken up residence when itchy, red bumps and welts wake you in the middle of the night. In true vampire style, they feast on your blood.

When you are in a strange or new environment, it's best to check between your mattress and box springs and under the sheets and mattress pads. Check your seat cushions, as well. The little red creepy crawlers huddle and multiply in those areas. When you see bed bugs, quickly pack your bags and head for the nearest exit. Ask for a different room or get your money back and check into another hotel.

If you discover bed bugs in your home, you can try to treat the problem yourself or you can call in the professional. Bed bugs are a nasty nuisance that are very difficult to get rid of. An infestation usually requires more than one treatment. After treatment to your home, wash all infected bedclothes in hot, hot water so there is no re-infestation.

Prevention is the best solution to bed bugs. When traveling, always check your room thoroughly. When returning home, wash dirty clothes immediately. Check the clothes you didn't wear on the trip for any stowaways. Bed bugs are an infestation you do not want.

Mosquito netting is crucial to halting the spread of disease in some countries.
Mosquito netting is crucial to halting the spread of disease in some countries. | Source

Fleas, Ticks and Lice

Fleas are another of life's annoying real creepy crawlers. Nasty, germ carrying little insects that also like to feed on warm-blooded animals, humans included.

It's best to practice preventative maintenance here, as well. Check your pets often to be sure they are free of the pesky creepy crawler, because once they get into your home, they are also very difficult to get rid of. Fleas multiply very, very fast.

Ticks are another creepy nuisance. They are dangerous, carrying Lyme disease which can be debilitating and even deadly. If you find ticks on your pets (or on your person), remove them very carefully and kill them immediately, flushing them away if you can. Their bodies are full of bacteria.

If the nasty little beasts are embedded in your skin, use care to remove it and be sure you keep the head attached. This will help prevent the possible contraction of Lyme disease.

Speaking of heads, lice seem to crop up periodically, in numbers large enough to cause problems in day cares and schools across the country, particularly at the beginning of the school year.

Lice love to lay eggs in the hair of unsuspecting victims. They create a scratchy little problem.

Since children like to share things like combs and hats, the nits (lice eggs) are easily spread from one child's head to another.

Silence is one of the reasons a single case can turn into an infestation. Parents and others seem to equate head lice with filth. That may or may not have been true earlier, but with the population growth and movement and the closeness of people, like bed bugs, when lice "see" an opportunity for free lunch, they take it.

There are a myriad of products on the market and easily found in drug stores that help to get rid of lice. Your medical professional can also make recommendations for treatment.

One of the most important tools is the early exposure of the problem. If your child has head lice, speak up so that teachers can be on the alert and avert full blown infestation.

Gnats are just another creepy crawler annoyance. They fly and if you've ever walked into a swarm, you know that they can get into you hair, your mouth and sometimes your eyes. Gnats in your eyes can lead to eye infections. The annoyance that the buzz around you ears creates is topped only by the annoying buzz of a mosquito.

On the food chain, we know that frogs and spiders are particularly fond of gnats.


Of all the creepy crawlers, en mass, the most dangerous is probably the mosquito because of its ability to transmit such debilitating diseases to large segments of populations. In fact, most of the population (and pets) of the world are at risk from a disease carried by the disease.

Technically, mosquitoes do not crawl unless they light on their host. Like gnats they also perform pesky "fly bys" around your head. Unlike gnats, however, mosquitoes carry many deadly diseases. They are international inhabitants and so are their diseases. In particular, they carry malaria, yellow fever and the virus for West Nile disease. Mosquitoes are tiny, but can be deadly.

Mosquitoes can lay eggs quickly and in the tiniest amounts of water. One way to keep them down is to eliminate the standing water around your home. In some areas of heavy infestation, mosquito nets are a must. There are charitable programs that provide nets to the populations of some countries because the risk from deadly diseases carried by mosquitoes is so prevalent.

Some local governments use pesticides to periodically keep the population down.

Mosquitoes love hot, humid climates. If you live in an area where seasons change, a really cold winter does wonders for keeping the population in check. However, they do not disappear and with a warm spell, even in winter, they can show up again.

Still, it is a good idea to keep your yard or outdoor space as free of the disease bearing insects as possible. This can be accomplished naturally, with plants, or chemically.



Spiders fail into the creepy crawler category. The majority of the spiders we encounter on a daily basis are harmless, but anyone afraid of them can hurt themselves as they try to avoid the eight-legged creatures. It is said that a spider is never really more than eight feet away from you. Not a comforting fact for anyone with arachnophobia.

While most are harmless, there are spiders that are very dangerous and you should avoid them. It's never a bad idea to shake your shoes before you put them on since some spiders like darkness.

If you are an avid gardener, wear your gloves, long sleeves and protective shoes. Shake your clothes before you reenter your home. Your garden is one of the spiders' habitat and the bite from a black widow, a brown recluse or others native to various countries can be fatal.

Unlike the toys and games, all of these real creepy crawlers are a part of our everyday lives. They are never going away and they are an important part of the food chain. The good news is that bed bugs and most other types of home invaders of the insect and arachnid kind can be avoided with a few precautions and a little attention.

Rights Reserved Cynthia Turner November 13, 2012

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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

what a great idea for a hub.. the only creepies I can put up with are spiders.. the rest just Bug me LOL a great share cyndi 10 :) frank

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Cool hub! The only ones the creep me out are lice, but that's only because they are so hard to get rid of.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Frank, To be honest, none of them make my list. If I ever saw a bed bug or thought I had been bitten, it would not be pleasant. Trying to remove ticks from the dog doesn't go over well with me either. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Billy, Thanks so much for taking a look.

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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

At first I avoided reading this hub, but then I thought I'd rather avoid the creepies. Thanks for solid and important advice.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

LOL. Glad you decided to read and yeah, I'd rather avoid the creepies, too. Some are deadly.

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lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Useful information. The creepies would definitely have to be bugs and roaches. I've read that getting rid of your mattress and box spring doesn't solve the problem. There's actually a mattress that you can put underneath your mattress that is supposed to stop that bedbug problem.

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lovedoctor926 4 years ago

It's called Bed Defense and it is supposed to get rid of the mites too.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Wow! I didn't know about the mattress under your mattress. It must be a best sellers, since the bed bug problem is such a tricky one to get rid of. I appreciate the useful comment.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Glad you left the name. To be honest, the thought of mites always creeps me out. And I didn't even write about them! Thanks and take care.

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Oooooh - some of my worst nightmares! we live out in the country and are always on the prowl for ticks on our animals and ourselves. Thankfully we have not been faced with bedbugs, lice or fleas but mosquitoes are a steady summer pest and spiders creep the heck out of me!

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Oh yes, living out the country will provide you more than you share of creepy crawlers. Stay alert!

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

EEK!! Power of suggestion....I'm itching all over! We live in a country setting as well.......next to a creek that flows along our property and a wooded area behind us......Bugs galore! But we have defense and remedies for all!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

yes..they're creeepy..

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Yes, that power of suggestion can be strong. I keep double checking the dog. Thanks for overcoming the itching and reading anyway! LOL. I appreciate it.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Definitely creepy. Take care!

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DayLeeWriter 4 years ago from Georgia

Ever notice all one need do is mention head lice and everyone starts scratching...:) LOL....good info, mosquitoes and ticks are the biggest outdoor pests here. This past summer though ANTScoming indoors was so bad the stores barely were able to keep ant spray on the shelves!

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Ewww. Ants are really bothersome and tough to get rid of. I think I didn't write about them because, like the lice reaction you mention, they make your skin crawl. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Thailand

Itching just reading this! I don't mind spiders and mosquitoes, it is the ones that are hard to see I hate. The worst in my mind are ticks ... I really hate them.

Shared, tweeted, up and interesting.

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Okay, you've got me scratching now. Eeewwww! I don't like creepy crawly things!

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Itchy, I know. But glad you read on anyway. Better reading about them than having them around! :-) Thank you so much for reading and sharing!

Have a creative and prosperous New Year!

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Mary, Sorry about that. My skin was crawling as I wrote. Every time I picture bed bugs or imagine mosquitoes whizzing past my ear.... yuck! Then when you realize some of these creepy crawlers are dangerous, that's really not so good. Thanks for taking the time to comment between scratches. LOL.

Have a great New Year!

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thank you for reading and leaving a comment.

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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

How to tell someone you recently had a close encounter with some bed bugs in her home!

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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Sally, She may not like to be told, but it's important to let her know because the infestation will only get worse and she could spread it to others. I suspect she already knows something is wrong, but may not know what it is.

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sallybea 3 years ago from Norfolk

Yes I understand the importance, just could not catch one of the little critters -for her one needs proof apart from the bites I think.

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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Ah, if she needs proof there are ways to catch the bugs. There are sites that can tell you how to catch them They apparently don't bite every night, but rather bite every other night, usually at the dawn.

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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

Oh my! Im starting cratching now. They are all creepy insects I have to be careful of when I´m in my home country. Thanks for sharing.

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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia Author

Hi Thelma, Sorry about the scratching. Are you being sarcastic when you say "Thanks for sharing." LOL I appreciate you reading, though. Take care and look out for the creepy crawlers.

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