The mission of every Infectious Awareables tie is to generate interest, discussion, even excitement about serious public health issues such as this silk Bed Bugs tie in purple. Believing that humor can be a powerful educational tool, Infectious Awareables neckties take an atypical, slightly irreverent approach to some very serious subjects. Shop and take pride in knowing that a portion of the proceeds will be donated to disease research/education. "Start the Conversation!" BEDBUGS are in the news these days. If you’re lucky, that’s where they’ll stay! Outbreaks of these little nibblers have been reported world wide, especially in hotel environments, with NYC taking top honors for hospitality. Our design features subtle exoskels of the tiny nocturnal marauder accented by puffy little pillows. Just a reminder... A back-of-tie "Awareness Note" and a source citation are incorporated in the pattern design, which reads: "BEDBUGS (Cimex lectularius) are blood-sucking and pesticide-resistant insects whose bites cause intense itching and welting capable of triggering allergic reactions. Nesting in mattress and bedding, bedbugs enjoy being close to humans and seem to prefer nice hotels." Original images courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA and other credentialed sources." Note: IA contributes a portion of proceeds to research, education or support associated with important non-profit public health agencies and organizations.