Sunday, April 15, 2007

Bye Bye Bees, Hello Bedbugs




"They’re baaaaack! Bedbugs by the billions, invading homes, apartments, dormitories, hotels, and just about anywhere humans lay down to sleep. This renewed pest-related plague was first noted in 2003. It has now spread to all fifty states.
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The quarter-inch long bugs feed primarily on humans at night when they are asleep. Some people have no reactions to the bites, but others experience swelling and redness where they are bitten. While bedbugs do not spread disease, they do leave behind tiny droppings of blood and give off a sickly sweet odor.Bedbugs can live for more than a year without eating and can withstand a wide range of temperatures from nearly freezing to almost 113 degrees Fahrenheit. This increases the difficulty of eliminating them. Female bedbugs lay from 200 to 500 eggs, attaching them with a glue-like substance. They hatch in about ten days. Though they do not grow larger than a small seed, they go through five nymph stages, each of which requires a single blood meal before molting. They can suck up to six times their weight and feeding takes from three to ten minutes. Bedbugs produce three to four generations within a year’s time."

8 Comments:

Blogger Laurie said...

My comfy bed suddenly grosses me out. Not likely to get good sleep tonight...

16/4/07 9:52 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

One time I lived in an apartment in an area that was infested with cockroaches. They were repugnant, but they didn't feast on you like these critters do. Yukkers.

16/4/07 10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,

My name is Sean and I am a former pest control technician and now a Quality Assurance Manager and Technical Advisor for one of North America’s largest pest control companies.

I have spent the better part of the past five years studying and researching bed bugs. It has literally become a hobby.

I have created a website geared toward providing the public with a place to go to get unbiased information and allow industry professionals to communicate with each other on this issue.

The site is called The Bed Bug Resource (www.thebedbugresource.com). At the top of the page there is a Forum button that will take you to the message boards.

If you find this to be a useful resource please feel free to post a link to it, or pass the information on to colleagues and the general public.

If you reference the site or use any of its material I ask that a copy of the article be sent to me.

Sincerely,

Sean
Entomologist / Pest Professional
www.thebedbugresource.com

26/4/07 8:43 AM  
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