The NYT looks at the scientific research side of bedbugs. It’s as gross as you might expect:
The classic bedbug strain that all newly caught bugs are compared against is a colony originally from Fort Dix, N.J., that a researcher kept alive for 30 years by letting it feed on him.
But Stephen A. Kells, a University of Minnesota entomologist, said he â€œprefers not to play with that risk.â€
He feeds his bugs expired blood-bank blood through parafilm, which he describes as â€œwaxy Saran Wrap.â€
Coby Schal of North Carolina State said he formerly used condoms filled with rabbit blood, but switched to parafilm because his condom budget raised eyebrows with university auditors.