Monday, July 27, 2009

A Donut Eaters Official Public Service Announcement

Bed Bugs

Cute? No.
Imaginary? No.
Make for an adorable goodnight rhyme? Not once you've had them.

Facts About Bed Bugs

  • They are not a myth, actually they were nearly eradicated in the 50's and 60's by DDT.
  • They have increased in number 50 fold in the last five years alone.
  • You can get them from a hotel just by putting your luggage on the floor.
  • Newly hatched bed bugs are tiny and transparent.
  • Bedbugs get their reddish brown color after they feed on blood.
  • They inject their hosts with a numbing agent so they don't feel the bite and and anticoagulant to increase the blood flow.
  • Signs that you have bed bugs include tiny blood spots on your sheets and itchy red dots on your skin (sometimes in rows or clusters).
  • Females lay up to 12 eggs a day.
  • Poisons don't effect them.
  • They can hide in a space as thin as a single piece of hair.
  • IKEA furniture does not repel them (in fact they prefer wood and fabric).
  • The only way to kill bed bugs is with heat (boiling water and steam work the best).
  • If a hotel room is infested with bed bugs they strip and clean that room as well as the room above, below and on either side of it.
In short: Bed bugs are tiny, evil vampires that are practically indestructible. Be warned. We learned the hard way.


Russel and Marcie Sipes said...

OH thanks a lot for freaking me out.

Mom West said...

I used your information in Faculty Reports because the issue is so important. The faculty responded similarly to the Sipes. "First the Swine Flu and now bed bugs!" Maybe our public service announcements will spare some potential grief due to education.