Saturday, October 09, 2010
don't let the bed bugs bite
Grandpa Powell told us about this ad in the news paper during the time before DDT. the ad said send 2 dollars and we well send you a bed bug killer with instructions guarantied to kill your bed bugs. People sent in their money and soon arrive in the mail to blocks of wood with this instruction, place bed bug on block A slam block B on block A.
We had cotton mattresses and mother would drag them out in the sun and let them stay all day. the cotton would expand and you had a comfortable bed.
You might not know that the DDT was not used on the beds to kill bed bugs the cotton was sprayed with DDT to kill the bow weavels and the cotton that went into mattresses still had the DDT on it. I can remember grandma taking a hair pin and fastening several wads of cotton to her screen doors and the flies would not come near the screen door, DDT again.
The other day sammy said I might have bed bug because I had this rash I told him I had already looked . He said how did you know how to look. I said Mama told me long ago.