Bed bug fear is as big or bigger than the fear of spiders.
It is true they can become a nuisance, but anyone experiencing the epidemic firsthand will be loathe to admit their acquaintance.
Personally I have had the bad fortune of an infestation but I value the discretion of pest control.
My experience is an initial bout of fear and loathing reduced to my normal curiosity arising after the experience was resolved with help from family friends and the community.
I expect many people will enter this bed bug pandemic with a similar reaction, but for those willing to go forward, there is much to learn about the common bed bug.
Wishing everyone a speedy recovery from their stealthy experience of a bed bug infestation.