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Why Me, Bedbugs?

Posted: October 29th, 2010 | Author: | | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

You awake, scabby and crusty, swearing to never touch meth again. Oh, you’re itchy too, and you don’t have a personal meth lab set up in the tub? Yeah, probably bedbugs. But wait, your beloved who slumbers beside you doesn’t have any bites at all. What gives? Is your lover sneaking out on you the whole night? Are you sleepwalking and sleeping in someone else’s bed by accident? Do bedbugs just like you better?

Yes, it is possible for one person in a household to be the target of bedbugs while the other inhabitants skate scott free. One answer for such one-sided noshing is that the afflicted party is allergic to the bites while the other is not. The non-bitten party could be bitten, but if there is no allergic reaction, he or she will not end up with swollen, itchy bites.

Another possibility has to do with bedbug behavior. They like to hang out together and tend to cluster during feeding behavior, so you may be the unlucky soul on the “bedbug side of the bed.” Once they’ve found a host, they tend to feed several times from the same host, especially in the classic “breakfast-lunch-dinner” bite pattern with three bites clustered closely together or in a line. They are unlikely to stop for a bite on your arm and then cross an entire bed to sample your blanket buddy.

At this time we are only offering advice on treatment, not on how to redirect the bedbugs to your partner. However, you could probably try switching sides of the bed without telling the other person why, just sayin’.

2 Comments on “Why Me, Bedbugs?”

  1. 1 S.B. said at 2:28 pm on October 29th, 2010:

    If you had no allergic reaction, but you had some other evidence there were bedbugs around, would you still go through the trouble of getting rid of them?

  2. 2 HBK said at 2:38 pm on October 29th, 2010:

    They don’t cotton to being trained to perform, so I guess I would have to dispatch them, as matter of moral course. Think of the children, and the neighbors, and the parade of Sailors through one’s bed chambers.

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