"Plenty of facts and photographs support the 'awful, disgusting' promise of the series title ... Each beginning describes an unsuspecting human who crosses paths with a parasite, leading into a discussion of the creature and its potential effect on people and animals ... Photographs are appropriately gross and generally informative and feature several excellent magnified close-up views, specifically in Bedbugs, Ticks, and Head Lice. Useful features include a "By the Numbers" statistics section, a range map, and a life cycle flow chart."
"Kids who prefer their books on the squirm-inducing side will love sinking their teeth into this entry in the Awful, Disgusting Parasites series, part of the new high/low imprint Bolt. Here readers will learn about the bedbug in four concise chapters, packed with crisp, close-up photos and simple, cleanly integrated infographics. The first chapter introduces this hitchhiking bloodsucker and its nocturnal feeding regimen, including a labeled diagram of the pest ... Subsequent chapters outline this parasite's life cycle, its pervasiveness (depicted on a world map), and general information about bites and bedbug prevention. A light but solid overview that doesn't sacrifice factual content for gross-out appeal."