Ripley’s Believe it or Not? Not.

by nobugsonme on December 29, 2008 · 1 comment

in bed bug epidemic, bed bugs, bed bugs in the media, misinformation, spread of bed bugs

This cartoon is said to have been run by Ripley’s Believe it or Not on January 21, 2001. You can see the image here, but the key point is the text:

Once a bedbug bites a person it will not bite anyone else! This ensures that it is drinking from the same blood type!

(The pictured “bedbug” is thinking: “Love that B+!”)

No idea where Ripley’s got this, but I have never heard it and do not know how it could be true.

How would a hotel room become overrun with bed bugs if they refused to bite subsequent guests?

How and why would bed bugs spread throughout a building if they could only feed on the original host?

Don’t believe everything you read.

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1 Doug Summers MS December 29, 2008 at 11:55 am

I have to vote for “NOT” as well.

I wonder how this thoroughly bogus myth ever mamaged to get past their editor?

The questions appear to be written for a school age audience…. What are they teaching our children?

As much as Ripley travelled to acquire his collection…. I can’t imagine that he never encountered bed bugs.

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