It would not be surprising to know that enduring a bed bug infestation has driven victims to drink! Who could blame them really? Bed bug infestations make you feel dirty and isolated from family and friends. There is a social stigma associated with the nasty pests. Many people panic and throw away some if not all of their personal belongings. People are often forced to leave their apartments out of desperation. Bed bugs are expensive to eradicate and they can be the most frustrating pest to get rid of as most people require several return visits from a pest control professional in order to have a complete kill experience. Some people have even lost their job because they have had a bed bug infestation in their home. Yes, it is easy to understand how bed bugs can drive a person to drink!
A new study has been underway to determine what affect, if any, that alcohol (not the rubbing kind) has on live bed bugs. Life’s Little Mysteries reported on May 29, 2012 that recent bed bug research conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln had some interesting results which were presented at the National Conference on Urban Entomology in Atlanta last week. Recognizing the bed bugs need blood (preferably from humans) to do what bed bugs do…i.e…grow, shed their skins, and make bed bug babies, a Ph.D. student at the college tested to see if booze affected bed bugs, and if it did, how did the bed bugs respond to being intoxicated.
Please check back on Friday for the conclusion.