Bedbugs make me feel bad. I shudder just thinking about her. Bedbugs are my greatest fear of staying in hotels – so much so that although I used to like to sleep in a luxurious hotel bed, I now avoid them whenever possible. I checked this page for a while before booking a hotel stay. Now I’m not booking a hotel stay at all. Just the thought of those creepy crawlies feasting on my blood in my sleep never lets me sleep anywhere else but in my own house. But I will put aside my feelings for this article.
Bedbugs, tiny round copper-colored living things, eat the blood of animals and humans (Interesting to note – they turn bright red as they eat you). Bedbugs believed to have medicinal properties were documented as early as the first century. Bugs, which originated in tropical climates, are excellent hitchhikers that tuck into luggage, handbags, or clothing and can now be found almost anywhere in the world. Another reason bed bugs are such good travelers? Although they prefer to spend about a week between meals, they can actually go without food for up to a year.
They are called bed bugs because that is where they most often feed, live and lay their eggs on their host. While it is common to find bed bugs in your bed, don’t let their name fool you. You can also find bed bugs almost anywhere in your home – in furniture, cracks in the walls, and holes in the ceiling.
A long story
There are almost always bedbugs. When the asteroid wiped out the dinosaurs, it did nothing against bedbugs in 2019, according to a 2019 DNA analysis of 30 species of the tiny creatures. British researchers found that bed bugs have been around for at least 115 million years.
Bedbugs were almost eradicated, but never completely eradicated, in the United States in the 1940s by the widespread use of DDT on all mattresses to floors. Though bothering Americans for years, bed bugs have recently made a comeback in the U.S. (similar to wedge sandals, but not as cute). Why? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) attributes the resurgence of bedbugs to an increase in domestic and international travel, as well as the resistance the bedbugs developed to a variety of pesticides.
Another possible reason for their newly discovered spread? The fact that they like to mate with close relatives, even their own mothers. A study by entomologists at North Carolina State University showed that all of the bedbug infestation can only be triggered by one or two founder insects. Most insects cannot withstand such close inbreeding because, like humans, it can lead to genetic deformities. Bed bugs can be like cockroaches.
Bedbugs are so hard to get rid of that Chicago held a bug conference for business owners trying to figure out the best way to rid a room of bedbugs. Some products bake the bugs, others freeze them. While those gathered may have differed as to the best approach to eradicating the bedbugs, everyone agreed: bedbugs are here to stay and will not be eradicated.