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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.