While I was in South Carolina this winter, I had the opportunity to hike with my niece, Stacey, and family to the Indian Shell Ring in Sea Pines Plantation. The grounds leading to and around this historically preserved area was beyond beauty. Definitely, nature at its best.
Once at the Indian Shell Ring, which is over 3000 years old, there were signs and descriptions of what life was like for these archaic people. Also, there was one tidbit of information that I thought itchy and amazing — they used the moss from the Spanish moss grown on surrounding trees to sleep on. In other words, the moss was either their filler for their type of mattress or the mattress itself.
Spanish moss does not breed bedbugs, but it is the home to red bugs, which basically does the same damage as the bedbug — makes you want to scratch when even only thinking about the little creature.
It also peaked my curiosity on the bedbug since the dreaded critter is so much in today’s news.
Those little creatures have been around forever — at least some 2500 years ago when Aristotle mentioned them. Actually, bedbugs come from places where bats hang out. (This could be why we associate bedbugs with filth.) If we look at the timeline, when we go to caveman days, we did sleep in the same caves as bats.
And when I traveled to England some years ago, we toured Dover castle and found that those who protected the castle slept with the horses and livestock on straw. I’ll bet’cha there were bedbugs there.
Will we ever get rid of them? I don’t think so since they have been around forever. I have never had the unfortunate opportunity to meet with the little critter, but there is a chance due to travel, especially international travel.
There is one item that I did learn, though, in my research that I will pass along. Usually, when we pack our bags for a trip, we put the suitcase on the bed, then put our items in the suitcase. So, when we get ready to go home from our trip, we do the same, put our suitcase on the bed, pack the items (and maybe a bedbug or two). Once home, we put our suitcase back on our bed to unpack, and the little creature has found a new home. And so it goes.
In between time, though, I will remember my mother’s words when we were young and ready for bed, “Good night, sleep tight and don’t let those bedbugs bite!”