They drink your blood while you sleep. They can attack you at home, in a hotel, at the hospital, or even on a plane. You might have them and not even know it. Trying to get rid of them could cost you thousands of dollars and if you’re travelling, it could inadvertently cost you your life. They are bed bugs – and if you’re unlucky you might become their next victim.
Cimex lectularius, wall louse, mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon – call them what you like – bed bugs are one uninvited house guest you’d rather not have. Prior to WWII they were an annoying but common part of daily life. Following the invention of the pesticide DDT in the 1940’s, it looked as though bed bugs were gone for good. It turned out that DDT had some extremely nasty side effects so the chemical was banned starting in the 1970’s and bed bugs have been making a steady comeback ever since.
Bite Me: The Bed Bug Invasion is a one-hour documentary that burrows deep into the world of these blood-sucking night-crawlers and explores how they can get under our skin – literally. Shot on location in Canada, the United States, and Thailand, the film reveals the pervasiveness of these parasites that experts are calling a global pandemic.
This fast paced film combines interviews with world-renowned experts and first-hand accounts from bed bug victims together with occasional light hearted moments to reveal the oversized impact these tiny pests are having on our daily lives.
For anyone that’s been a victim of a bed bug infestation they’d most likely prefer to forget the experience, but that might be easier said than done. The psychological effects of being fed on nightly by dozens or even hundreds of bed bugs can leave both physical and emotional scars that last for years. Being shunned by one’s family, friends, and neighbors – who are terrified you might infect them with “your” bed bugs – can be just as painful. Then there’s the financial cost which could run into the thousands of dollars including throwing out many of your belongings.
Bite Me: The Bed Bug Invasion will provide viewers with valuable examples about how to get rid of an infestation and – perhaps more importantly – how to avoid becoming an unwitting host to bed bugs in the first place.
The documentary was written and directed by award-winning Halifax filmmaker Jay Dahl (Roller Town / There Are Monsters) and created and produced by Edward Peill from Halifax-based Tell Tale Productions Inc. (Counterfeit Culture / Facebook Follies / BorderLine), in association with CBC Television.