Bed bugs have been a persistent issue when it comes to home comfort and safety for people all over the world for well over 2,000 years. The first documentation of these little pests dates back to Greece ~ 400 BC. Smart and resilient, these bugs are actually parasitic insects belonging to the Cimicid family – which feeds exclusively on blood. Cimex species tends to specialize in their selection of host animals for blood consumption and the common bed bug, Cimex Lectularius, happen to specialize in humans. This has caused a direct conflict between humans and bed bugs for much of our recoded history.
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- They are fast and can sometimes fly.
- They can lay up to 500 eggs over their lifetime.
- They have secret pheromones that can act an agent to attract other bugs as well as an agent to arrest competitor bugs.
- They are nocturnal creatures that survive only on human blood.
- They are a source of insomnia.
- They can live up to a year without feeding.
- They can survive freezing and boiling point temperatures of water.
- You must burn your clothing and linens to ensure that the eggs are destroyed along with the bugs themselves.
- Professional Pest Control agencies do not handle bed bug problems.
- Chemical agent DDT – now banned – was banned because it was ineffective against bed bugs.
- New and clean homes do not experience infestation issues.
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- They are fast and can sometimes fly. False. They cannot fly nor are they particularly fast. In fact, bed bugs on average move roughly one meter per minute.
- They can lay up to 500 eggs over their lifetime. True. They have the capability not only to survive many harsh environments but also breed at a quick and exponentially growing rate.
- They have secret pheromones that can act an agent to attract other bugs as well as an agent to arrest competitor bugs. True. Male bed bugs excrete pheromones to attract females to mate and reproduce while emitting a different type of pheromones to "arrest" male competitors.
- They are nocturnal creatures that survive only on human blood. Mostly true. They tend to only come out at night and their common blood of choice is definitively human. However, being highly adaptable, there have been cases of bed bugs surviving off of other animals when their preferred blood of choice is not around.
- They are a source of insomnia. True. One of the most frustrating things about living with these annoying pests are the painful bites that leads to discomfort in sleeping. Insomnia is a common reaction reported by many victims.
- They can live up to a year without feeding. False. Though a highly debated topic, research has shown that these pesky pests can live up to 3 months without food intake.
- They can survive the freezing and boiling point temperatures of water. False. While they can survive the freezing point temperature of water, it can only survive up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) – half the boiling point temperature of water – which leads us to our next point.
- You must burn your clothing and linens to ensure that eggs are destroyed along with the bugs themselves. False. Lucky for those thousand thread count sheets of yours – the only thing you have to do to get rid of these bugs from your linens and clothes is to wash them at the highest water temperature allowed. Make sure you spray an agent again following your wash to prevent these pests from coming back for residence.
- Professional Pest Control agencies do not handle bed bug problems. False. 99% of professional pest control agencies report bed bugs as a reason for customer calls. However, many of the professional pest control agency solutions features chemically harsh pesticides which will often lead to a need for evacuating your home for a period of time.
- Chemical agent DDT – now banned – was banned because it was ineffective against bed bugs. False. DDT was highly effective against these insects. Its reason for banning was due to its high toxicity level which proved to harmful for humans and pets as well as the target insects. On top of which, its odorless and colorless form prevented easy detection to this dangerous agent.
- New and clean homes do not experience infestation issues. False. They do not differentiate between new or old homes – or even clean or dirty homes. They are attracted to 2 key things – human body temperature and human blood. Therefore you will potentially find them in just about any location you may find yourself in.