Here's one way to make sure the bed bugs don't bite -- booze.
Apparently the disgusting little blood suckers don't like wine with, or should I say in, their meal.
A study from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln shows that bed bugs are more likely to leave you alone if you have a high blood alcohol concentration. When they munch on drinkers, they tend to eat less and lay fewer eggs.
There is a direct link between how much they eat and how much they reproduce. It boils down to a survival issue. With clean blood, they double in size and have a bunch of gross, little babies. Boozy blood keeps them small and less likely to multiply. So basically, they will pick a teetotaler over a lush if one is around.
Is it just me or is this the best excuse to get drunk that you've ever heard!?! After all, bed bugs are the worst pest problem you can possibly have. They are easy to get (they can jump from pants leg to pants leg on subways) and ridiculously expensive to get rid of (people have spent $5,000 trying to kill those critters). You might even have to trash all your furniture and rugs, not to mention the social pariah it turns you into. Basically, people with known beg bug infestations don't get any visitors or many invites.
Of course these respected researchers are not encouraging everyone to go out and get smashed -- and neither am I if you have a problem with drugs and alcohol. But if you enjoy the occasional spirit, I think this should certainly lessen any lingering guilt over that three-martini lunch, after-work beer, or bottle of wine (or two) with dinner!
Do you buy this new bed bug research?
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