"Cooties" used to mean lice. Nowadays in the US, "cooties" refers to an imaginary disease that a boy can give to a girl (or vice versa) by touching her. Normally one kid goes up to another kid, touches their arm and yells "You've got the cooties!" Then they run away. This song uses the earlier definition.

The Cooties and the Bedbugs - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image

Notes

Sometimes the bugs in this song are roaches or mosquitoes and bedbugs.

There are many versions of this song.

The Cooties and the Bedbugs - American Children's Songs - The USA - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World 1

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Please email me the version of this song that you know! Thanks! Mama Lisa

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Monique Palomares for the illustrations!