Thursday, December 24, 2015

About Bed Bugs

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“Bed Bugs Aren’t Just Back, They’re Spreading.” – NPRYou know this already.

That’s why you’re here. You want to know about bed bugs and how to avoid bed bugs. You may even have bed bugs and want to know how to get rid of bed bugs. We understand. We are seeing a recurrence of infestations across the United States and the world. Consumer travel throughout the world has contributed to the spread of bed bugs, specifically throughout North America. New York City, Toronto, Los Angeles, and San Francisco hotels have bed bugs. Apartments, homes, and office space have bed bugs. We are fighting a global bed bug epidemic. We have created this site as a place for those who are struggling with bed bugs, looking to avoid bed bugs, or recovering from bed bugs to find information on fighting and preventing bed bugs. So let’s get to the point.What are bed bugs? Bed bugs are blood-sucking, human-feasting, evil evil creatures who serve very little purpose besides to give us grief. No really. This is all true. But, you probably already know that definition if you’re suffering.Bed bugs, on a more scientific level, are parasitic insects from the Cimicidea (Cimex Lectularius) family, which basically means they are a species of animal that prefers human blood. Forget Twilight.

Hello Edward Bed Bug, your new vampire. Joking aside (and I’ll bet you don’t appreciate it — bed bugs are serious stuff), bed bugs feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals. They are hematophagous (bloodsucking) insects. Do you love them yet? They prefer houses, and they’re mainly active at night when they feed on their human hosts in the comfort of their own beds. What’s the scientific word for “these things suck”?According to wikipedia, bed bugs are also referred to as wall louse,  mahogany flat, crimson rambler, heavy dragoon, chinche, and redcoat.Do Bed Bugs Bite? Can Bed Bugs Spread Disease?Yes, bed bugs bite. Since they prefer human hosts, if you have bed bugs, they will most certainly bite you. You may not react, but many people do. If you have a reaction, your bites will likely appear in patterns of three.  Bed bugs bite in a pattern of threes. You might see this pattern referred to as “Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.” Gross. The good news: bed bugs are not known carriers of any specific diseases.

The bad news: bed bugs have caused health problems like skin rashes to those sensitive to bed bug bites, psychological trauma, and allergies in some victims.

Even if you don’t react physically or biologically to the effects of bed bugs, there is a good chance you will experience psychological trauma. Post-traumatic stress from bed bugs and their aftermath is common as well.

What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

What do Bed Bugs Look Like?

They’re not pretty. Mature bed bugs are a reddish-brown color. They are flat, oval, and wingless. Bedbugs  have microscopic hairs which make them appear to have bands of color on their body. Adults grow  to 4–5 mm in length and 1.5–3 mm wide. Newly hatched bed bugs nymphs are translucent, lighter in color and become browner as they mature and suck more blood. No really, bed bugs will literally change colors when they are full of human blood. Chances are, you won’t get a chance to notice the difference. Here’s a picture of a bed bug:Picture of a Bed BugI thought Bed Bugs were a Nursery Rhyme?Bed Bugs were a nursery rhyme. But they’re back. Bed bugs were largely eradicated from the developed world by the 1940′s, but  due to a decrease and elimination of harsh pesticide chemicals like DDT, bed bugs are back. I know, bring back DDT, right?According to the bed bugs wikipedia entry, “Because infestation of human habitats has been on the increase in  developed countries, bedbug bites and related conditions have been on  the rise as well, since the 1980s-1990s. The exact causes of this resurgence remain unclear; it is variously  ascribed to greater foreign travel, more frequent exchange of  second-hand furnishings among homes, a greater focus on control of other  pests resulting in neglect of bedbug countermeasures, and increasing  resistance to pesticides. Bedbugs have been known human parasites for thousands of years.”

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