When I first began reading the article I imagined easy to squish, drunken little bed bugs, not knowing what their prey was and what was not, stumbling around stabbing anything in site as they searched for a blood meal. That would be delightfully funny!
The scientific study on the bed bugs did not involve any person consuming alcohol. Instead, hungry bed bugs were fed blood that was mixed with 200 proof ethanol which raised the blood alcohol content of the bed bugs to 0.010, 0.025, 0.050 and 0.100. The legal limit for driving is 0.08, so it is safe to assume that the bed bugs used in the test study were likely a bit tipsy. Twenty bed bugs were used for the study and each bed bug endured the testing six different times.
The results of the study were quite interesting. According to the article in Life’s Little Mysteries on May 29, 2012, the bed bugs with a blood alcohol level of 0.010 fed only consumed 60% of the blood. The researcher found that with each increase in alcohol came a decrease in bed bug feeding. Bed bugs that fed on blood that was not tainted with any alcohol increased by over 100 percent according to the study. The researcher claims that in the future he will also study how bed bugs are affected by different drugs.
The eggs that were laid in the control group study were greatly affected by the alcohol infused bed bugs, but the bed bugs still laid some level of eggs which would mean that even if you got bed bugs drunk, they would still be able to reproduce, just at a slower rate.