Bed bugs are tiny, parasitic insects. The variety which has evolved to feed on human blood partake of no other sustenance and have become specially adapted to migrate with the ebb and flow of human population distribution. Their bites cause itchy, painful, and temporarily disfiguring rashes, with large colonies having the potential to disfigure the appearance of a victim’s skin over a period of time.
Here are six more facts about the bed bug which are crucial to understanding, if one is to treat bed bug infestation—or prevent a bed bug colony from developing in the first place.
1.) Bed Bugs Live Wherever Humans Live
Many people are under the mistaken impression that bed bugs prefer dirty or unsanitary environs. The truth is that bed bugs are indifferent to filth; they do not feed on it, and it provides them with no other benefits. Bed bugs require only two things: warm human bodies, and places to hide, and an insect the size of a pinhead can find plenty of hiding places wherever human beings live.
2.) Bed Bugs are Clever
Like many insects, bed bugs instinctively understand how to find food and hiding places. This amounts to behavior which is approximate to the qualities of human cleverness and creativity. Bed bugs can communicate with each other via pheromones; colonies have been known to travel wholesale in the belongings of individual families who decided to relocate while under the grip of a bed bug infestation.
3.) Bed Bugs are Resilient
Bed bugs are extremely resilient. Like many small insects, they possess hard outer shells—this being a part of why they are resistant to so many modern pesticides. Bed bugs can survive sub-zero temperatures, as well as water halfway to the boiling point—up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. They can live for months without food, and hide in everything from furniture joins to electrical appliances during daylight hours. Some of the most effective products at eradicating bed bugs include natural plant-based oils, evolved to kill insect pests over thousands of years.
Bed Bug Bully is an organic, all-natural product designed to kill bed bugs while keeping your family safe from harm. It boasts essential oils from several such bug-killing plants, including mint oil, clove oil, citronella oil, and rosemary oil. These serve to kill bed bugs when sprayed directly, and to otherwise deter their presence.
4.) Bed Bugs were Almost Wiped Out
Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or “DDT” for short, had nearly wiped out bed bug populations by the 1950’s. DDT is colorless, tasteless, and nearly odorless. It is one of the most effective pesticides ever devised for killing insects, but it is also quite toxic to people and other larger animals. Its use was banned in 1972 by President Nixon.
5.) Bed Bugs May Pose a Health Threat
Bed bugs have been thriving since their resurgence in 2010. While they aren’t known to cause any dire threat to their human victims, apart from the itchy rash they leave behind, they are known to carry more than 28 human blood-borne pathogens for a period of time after ingesting blood. It is entirely possible that these pathogens, which adapt even more quickly than the bed bugs themselves, could find a way to end up using bed bug populations for distribution.
6.) Bed Bug Saliva is Anesthetic
Bed bugs, as it turns out, aren’t entirely heartless. They feed on humans, but—if only to help keep themselves being crushed, in response to an otherwise painful bite—their saliva acts as an anaesthetic and a mild blood thinner. This is not known to cause any health complications, apart from the possibility of an allergy to the bugs’ saliva, but it does make it easier for the bed bug to feed undisturbed.
Other than Eating, Bed Bugs Only Do One Thing
Here’s a seventh fact; call it a freebie. After bed bugs feed, they retreat to digest their meal in peace. Subsequently, they only have one purpose in life: to breed, and produce additional bed bugs. In this way, they fill the role of an oversized viral organism, using your blood to produce more of their own kind. A single female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs in her one-year lifespan; if you think you have an infestation, don’t delay. Take action immediately; give Bed Bug Bully a chance!