Alcohol consumption and bed bugs

May 30, 2012 Latest Updates by Brett Johnston

Bed bugs in the news again...

An interesting study was done recently by a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln - he looked what happens when we (the host of bed bugs) have upped our blood alcohol content?

According to the study, which was presented at the National Conference on Urban Entomology in Atlanta last week, bed bugs prefer alcohol-free blood to blood with alcohol in it; the higher the blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the less the bugs eat. And, because there is a direct link between blood intake and reproduction rates, those bugs also lay fewer eggs.

So, can we just knock back a few glasses of wine every night to keep the bed bugs away? Probably not. "I'm not going to suggest someone should consume alcohol to control bed bugs," Narain said.

Even Dini Miller (bed bug expert and researcher from Virigina Tech) weighed in on the subject saying: "I don't know what sort of implications it has ultimately, because unfortunately they still produce enough eggs to cause an infestation. So while they feed less, still, we're not going to experience less of a problem. But it's very interesting to know."

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