What are bed bugs?

bed bug life stages

The bed bug, also known as Cimex lectularius, is a parasite that feeds on the blood of human beings and animals, causing nasty little bites which itch and generally irritate the skin. To get rid of bed bug bites, you can apply some Benadryl or calamine lotion, but ultimately time will heal the wound.

While bed bugs usually nocturnal, they have been known to come out during the day too. They are usually reddish-brown and almost look like tics, and can live in a variety of conditions and room temperatures. Natural predators of the bedbug include roaches, aunts, and spiders, however they are not usually effective in eradicating bedbug populations.

The thing that makes bed bugs especially tough are their eggs. The eggs are nearly microscopic and stick to all kinds of hidden places, in between seams and cracks in the bed frame and behind walls, electric sockets and more. In addition to this, once a bed bug egg hatches, the small babies known as nymphs are transparent and practically 100% see-through until they have their first blood meal.

What are bed bugs doing in my house?

The United States National Pest Management Association reported a 71% increase in calls about bedbugs starting in the year 2000. If you’re wondering how do you get bed bugs, the process is completely random. Asking do I have bed bugs could mean that you well do.

In New York City there has been a 2000% increase in bedbugs since 2004. Major US cities like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Detroit, Washington DC, and Cleveland have all reported significant outbreaks of bed bugs in recent years.

Bed Bugs are in Big Cities With Multi-Dwelling Units

One of the biggest reasons why bed bugs have proliferated in recent times is that many of the pesticides do not even work on bed bugs. A resistance to pesticides has built up significantly over time and pesticides in general can be intrinsically harmful to human health. In fact the most effective insecticide against bedbugs has been found to be potentially toxic to children exposed to it according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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