The ancient Greeks ate #bedbugs w/ meat and beans to treat fevers, w/ beans for snake bites and w/ with wine/vinegar to get rid of leeches (@brookeborel)
Who’d have ever thunk?!
I’ve been following Brooke on Twitter for awhile, and she’s always tweeting fun facts about bedbugs.
The scientific name for the common #bedbug is Cimex lectularius, which translates to bug of the bed/couch. (@brookeborel)
A few months ago, when I did this fun little bedbug project, I became even more interested in these fascinating creatures. Sure, they’re the object of our nightmares and worst apartment experiences, but they have such a rich history and biology! Her tweets are a well-curated learning experience, and I recommend it highly if you can get over bedbugs being things that eat your blood at night. (Gross!) She’s compiling her research into a book all about bedbugs, which is totally weird and neat.
Here’s one more to make you want to learn more:
Female #bedbugs have their own antimicrobial protection, which they ramp up pre-feeding (#bedbug mating usually happens post-mealtime) (@brookeborel)