What is a Bed Bug?
Do They Cause Disease?
It has not been scientifically show that bed bugs can transmit pathogens to humans. Studies have shown that it is possible to infect mice with Trypanosoma cruzi, the causal agent of Chagas disease, by exposing them to infected bed bug feces as well as the possibility of diseases surviving in their gut.
Where Are They Found?
How Do You Treat Bed Bugs?
Cost of Treatment?
What Do They Feed On?
How Bad is Their Bite?
Bed bug bites often appear as small, itchy raised red areas on exposed skin. Their bite is often times considered worse than that of a mosquito bite in terms of itchiness. However, about 50% of people do not react to the insect bite. Often times being bitten has psychological impacts (insomnia, paranoia, etc.). If one is allergic to their bite they could potentially swell at the bite spot. (I personally am allergic and one bite swelled to about two thumb lengths…).
How Do They Feed?
How Long Can They Live Without Feeding?
How Big Are They?
What Are Their Life Stages?
How Long Is Their Life Span?
Psychological Impact of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs can have a major psychological impact on both those that are affected by an infestation and individuals who may not have even a single bed bug in their home. The bites of bed bugs can cause extreme discomfort and the thought of having to sleep in a bed that may have bed bugs often times breeds paranoia and depression in an individual. Also, those who have bed bugs are often times incorrectly stigmatized as "living in unclean conditions" even though bed bugs affect individuals in all social classes. Even individuals who had past infestations that are now gone or individuals who think they may have bed bugs experience psychological discomfort which is why bed bugs are a serious issue. They are a problem without social class constraint and can affect people even if they are not present in that persons home.
- Bed bugs have been found preserved in Egyptian tombs.
- Bed bugs mate in a very unique way called traumatic insemination, in which the male pierces the abdomen of the female when copulating to inject seminal fluids used for egg production.
- It would take 144,700,000,000 bed bugs at one time to drain a human being of all their blood (5.5 L). A loss of 15% blood volume is when humans start showing symptoms. To be drained of 15% of total blood would require 21,705,000,000 bed bugs which is impossible!
- Bed bugs are thought to be the descendants of bat bugs.
- People in the 19th century believed that bed bugs could cure malaria and would put them in tea and consume them.