I know that the focus of this blog is generally tech, coding and other geeky pursuits, but I feel the need to digress for a moment, so please bear with me.
A few months ago, we had bedbugs.
We alerted out landlord, two rounds of pesticides were applied and the bugs are now all dead and we haven’t been bitten in months. Victory!
But this story goes back to the day of the first pesticide application.
We had to be out of the apartment for several hours after the spray was applied, so we opted to grab dinner and then catch a movie. Which movie did we pick? 28 Weeks Later.
This was, in retrospect, probably the worst movie that we, a couple who were battling bedbugs, could possibly pick.
To illustrate, I have created a Zombies vs. Bedbugs chart.
|Can survive for a long time without feeding||Can survive for up to 18 months without feeding|
|Feed on human brains||Feed on human blood|
|Multiply quickly||Multiply quickly|
|Getting bitten can turn you into a zombie||Getting bitten can turn you into a zombie due to significant sleep deprivation|
|Ignorance & selfishness can allow them to spread into previously unaffected areas||Ignorance & selfishness can allow them to spread into previously unaffected areas|
|Follow you wherever you go||Follow you wherever you go|
|Can infect anyone, regardless of class, gender or nationality||Can infest anyone’s apartment, regardless of class, gender or nationality|
|Difficult to eradicate||Difficult to eradicate|
|Creep me out a bit||Creep me out a lot|
|I don’t check my room for zombies every night||I do check my bed for bedbugs every night|
So you can see, watching 28 Weeks Later while fighting a bedbug infestation was not a wise choice. We came out feeling defeated and numb. It took several episodes of Family Guy to cheer us up enough to face crawling into bed.
In summary: bedbugs are the new zombies.
For more information on bedbugs and how to fight them, check out BedBugger
We now return you to your regularly geeky programming.