Want To Stop Bed Bug Bites? Don’t Shave Off That Body Hair

Medical News today – Hairy skin helps stop bed bugs biting, according to new research from the University of Sheffield in the UK. Apparently, not only does the fine hair that covers our bodies help us feel the presence of parasitic insects on our skin, it also acts as a barrier to stop them biting us. The findings of the study appeared in an online before print issue of the Royal Society journal Biology Letters on 14 December. Although humans seem relatively naked compared to other primates, our bodies are covered in a layer of two types of fine hair. One type is called vellus, which is short and nearly invisible, and the other is called terminal hair which is longer and more visible. The follicles are also quite close together on the skin. Read article