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Tangible: Bedbugs vs. Zombies
Oct 11 2007

Bedbugs vs. Zombies

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.

Zombies Bedbugs
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.

  1. mmmmmmmmmmmmm blood!

    bed bugs are SO the new zombies

    ps the feed isn’t working :(

    Nathaniel    Oct 11, 10:26 PM    #
  2. Zombies vs. bed bugs: great list. I love it!

    Glad yours are gone.

    Thanks for the link also :-)

    nobugs    Oct 12, 09:53 PM    #
  3. Thanks nobugs!

    Happy to link to your site. It was a great help to us when we were battling the bugs.

    Tara    Oct 12, 10:02 PM    #
  4. Funny stuff!

    I especially like the part about turning into a zombie.

    Brad Touesnard    Oct 13, 10:00 AM    #
  5. Hey Tara I just devoted a post on my blog to your post here. Too funny. I wonder if anybody has come up with a similar table for Bedbugs vs. Vampires?

    BugBuster    Jan 22, 12:46 PM    #
  6. OMG! That’s scary how similar they can be. Bed bugs are so gross!

    Katie    Jan 22, 03:31 PM    #
  7. Too funny. Thank you. Bed bugs will not only suck your blood, but suck the sense of humor right out of you as well.

    tarrabyte    Jan 23, 08:49 AM    #

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