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Bugstory – Part 2

November 30, 2011 By: kajay Category: F-Zymes, Featured, Morgellons

Europe in the middle ages and later had no DDT and precious little water. What they did have a lot of, in addition to a serious problem with body odor, was lice. always, the wealthy could afford to use various methods to stop the lice from the means to devise and use means of thwarting the lice. Consider these techniques, which didn’t work completely, but must have worked pretty well because some looked so ridiculous I cannot imagine people used them simply for fashion. But then, fashion can get pretty strange, as any trip through a “costumes through the ages” book will show:

Powdered Wigs

Now this is just my theory, based on my own experience with crawling things. What if rich people shaved their heads and wore wigs and powdered them to discourage lice? Possible? I think so. For those who still wear ceremonial wigs, such as barristers and judges in Great Britain, this is probably coming in handy now, with the resurgence of lice infestations.

Ruched Collars

From one 1800’s article we know that at least one person documented that bed bugs traveled to the ceiling and dropped down upon them at night. This is one of many things I have learned that substantiated what many of us have experienced and others disbelieved.

And ruffled and ruched collars, such as those from the Elizabethan era, what was that about? I think those served the same purpose as facings in nicer clothing these days:

Lice are known to travel up the inside of our clothing, particularly up seams, which give them more to hold onto as they climb. This allows them to dine as they climb. But lice are dumber than fleas, and so are Morgellons, in this respect. Unlike bump cars, which back up and go around, lice and Morgellons tend, at least mine do, to stop and bite me through the fabric barrier, and both are equipped with the tools to accomplish that.

Bugstory – Part 1: Furniture Design

November 26, 2011 By: kajay Category: F-Zymes, Featured, Morgellons

Did you know that in the history of furniture design, many decorative, quality home furnishings features were more than likely designed to keep bed bugs, the brown recluse spider, and other pests out of your undies? See what you think…

Over the years I adapted things I learned about other pests and pathogens, such as lice and bed bugs, to deal with what at the time I had no name for. I drew from history, from the scabies board, from random comments by people around me who, in the early days, I ran off with my tales of parasitic woe. Here are some of the things I learned, or figured out:

Footers or Bases

People have always had to deal with bed bugs and other critters, and furniture design is one way they did it. Did you ever notice that cheap home furniture is little more than boxes that sit flush to the floor? And that more expensive furniture design incorporates what I used to think of as purely decorative features, but that, once I thought about it, I realized were designed to keep bed bugs and spiders in their place–that is to say, out of the drawers with drawers in them! They did this by sitting the “box” on a footer or pedestal, which was often carved. This serves multiple purposes: it gets the drawers off the floor, it creates ready habitat for a bug trying to outrun a heavy foot, and it provides a place where the bed bugs or other bugs can escape the pest control operator but–oops! he knows they are all there, and he gets them in one shot of spray.

Lips or Ledges

Another feature of furniture design that has a practical application is molding that protrudes, sometimes just above the footer or base, and sometimes just below the top drawer. Although this makes cleaning more complicated, it does give a level of protection from bed bugs that gave me the idea to sleep on a platform bed during this ordeal.