We enjoy reading the The New York Times including its Metropolitan Diary column. The newspaper just published this conversation as one of its “Tales From The City”:
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, 8:30 a.m. Overheard on the M96:
Riding the crosstown bus on a steamy summer morning crowded with freshly showered folk en route to work, I overheard an entomological discussion that made me want to turn around and head back into the shower:
“So she moved the bed near the wall and sure enough they got bedbugs and she’s all bitten up, but he doesn’t have a single bite.”
“What do you mean? Why wouldn’t he have any bites, sleeping in the same bed?”
“Well, he snores like a freight train and the bedbugs don’t like the noise.”
We appreciate this humorous exchange that the writer overheard on the bus, but we’re afraid that, based on our clients’ and our own (even as people who snore loudly) experiences’, bed bugs are not deterred by noise.
What is more likely happening in this NYC bedroom is one of two things: 1- The bugs aren’t biting the second person in the bed because they are more easily feasting on the first person and don’t need to seek an additional food source or 2- The second person is also getting bitten, and he is one of the 20-50% of people who does not have a reaction to bed bug bites. For example, one of our company’s entomologists feeds our bed bugs on his skin without showing any signs.