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The Bed Bug Book Review

Updated on March 7, 2017
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The Bed Bug Book Review
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Reviewing The Bed Bug Book

In this review let me explain why The Bed Bug Book: The Complete Guide to Prevention and Extermination is like the ultimate bed bug removal guide.

I read as much about bed bugs as possible. I must say that Ralph H. Maestre has created an excellent book.

I try my best to give thorough information about bed bugs, but I could never achieve what Maestre has achieved in The Bed Bug Book. There is good reason that this man created one of the best books on the planet about bed bugs.

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The Author: Ralph H. Maestre

A little bit about the author, and then on to the book. Ralph H. Maestre is a Board Certified Entomologist from New York. He is a bug expert living in the bed bug capital. This gives him special insight into the issue at hand, and how to solve it. Not only does he know his stuff about bugs, he is a certified pest control applicator.

He has firsthand experience with pests, including bed bugs. Not only does he do pest control, he teaches others how to handle pests effectively. He also does special teaching seminars to teach children and adults about bed bugs.


My Opinion

Maestre wrote The Bed Bug Book with readers in mind. He did not use complicated language that is difficult to understand. Instead of expecting his readers to come to him, he developed a communication style that adapts to the reader.

He wrote the book so that average people like you and me could understand what it takes to prevent and eliminate bed bugs.

He also brought in other experts to help reader learn everything they can learn about bed bugs. A pest expert, Paul Bello, is brought in for the last chapter entitled “104 Things to Know About Bed Bugs”.

I am sure, like me, you are sick of reading bed bug information that contradicts one another. Throughout the book, and in that last chapter, he dispels all of the myths about bed bugs and goes right to the facts.

One of my favorite things about Maestre's approach to bed bugs is his care for children, pets, family members and even the earth.

He approaches bed bugs through integrative pest management (IPM), which is designed to solve the problem without harming the people you love.

He explains why people tend to over use pesticides, and why this is unnecessary, and even dangerous.

As a pest control expert, he helps regular people learn how to cure bed bug problems without succumbing to the urge to go overboard with chemicals.

At the same time, he helps readers understand the bed bugs will take more different chemicals, and more of each than a common roach, spider or ant problem.

There is a balance, and it is best to leave it to experts like Maestre to teach us about it.

More About The Bed Bug Book

The book is only about bed bugs. While he is a total pest control specialist, this book is for anyone who only cares about bed bug issues. The Bug Book stays on topic, and on focus, the entire read. He keeps the book interesting and serious, while doing it in a non-threatening way.

He does not just tell us about bed bugs now; he gives the entire history about bed bugs. He goes in depth about the history, and does it in a way that enhances bed bug understanding. I truly found his information to be enlightening.

Something else that I love about this book, is that it not only teaches you about bed bugs, how to prevent them and get rid of them. It covers bed bug exterminators. He talks about what to look for when choosing one, and how to know when you found the right one.

With his help, you can either get rid of them yourself, or understand where to look for a good professional. He will even help you understand how to know if the bed bug exterminator is charging too much for services that won’t deliver.

Another wonderful thing about Maestre’s The Bed Bug Book is that he clarifies who the trustworthy web resources for bed bugs are. You can find this information throughout the book, and at the end in the reference section.

He only includes the best bed bug websites; he does not include bed bug resources that conflict with each other. For the information hungry web searcher, this is a refreshing change from having to search through pages and pages just to find what you want.

Cons About The Bed Bug Book

In any honest review, I usually include both pros and cons. However, I have difficulty thinking of any cons. This 200 page book is incredible, and pretty much tells you everything you need to know about bed bugs.

I suppose the only con would be that I would have liked a hard copy, not a paperback. Really, that is a pretty flimsy con though. There are other books I could list con after con, but not The Bed Bug Book.

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I recommend this book to everyone who has bed bugs. I think it is the best $12 bed bug investment a person can make. Getting educated about bed bugs is the best way to get rid of bed bugs, or at least the fits step. Without knowledge, bed bugs will best you every time.

With the knowledge, a person gets from this book; a person can really dig in to the bed bug issue and understand how to blow it out of the water, and blow the bed bugs right out of you house. This is defiantly a must read for anyone who hates bed bugs.

Not in to Reading? Try this Bed Bug App

Bed Bug 101 is an android app which helps you locate and ID bed bugs. The app is free, and has some really useful information.

It does not have nearly as much information as The Bed Bug Book, but it is great for people who prefer to get their info and do their reading on their android device. This app can be found on the Amazon App store and is provided by Protect a Bed.

Bed Bug App for Android


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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Good review on this subject. Didn't know their was a book on such a topic, but I am sure it is well read.

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      Melody Trent 5 years ago from United States

      @mhatter99, thanks for reading this review!

      @Ralph H Maestre BCE, your welcome. Thanks for reading this review, and writing such a useful bed bug book. It sure has, and will help thousands and thousands of people!

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      Ralph H Maestre BCE 5 years ago

      Thanks for the review, I love it.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Good review, thank you