What are Bed Bugs?
A type of parasites that feed on humans and on other warm-blooded animals, such as birds, rodents, bats and pets are known as “Bed Bugs”. It is a small nocturnal insect of Cimicidae family that also lives by hematophagy. The common bedbugs are adapted to human environment and it is found in temperate climates throughout the world and has been known since ancient times. The scientific name of common bed bug is Cimex lectularius and tropical bed bug is Cimex hemipterus. They have been recognized as pests since the 17th century. Learn more about Bed Bugs Types
Bedbugs were widespread in the United States prior to World War II, after which the use of synthetic insecticides such as DDT was abridged in number. Household and personal cleanliness including the regulation of the used furniture helped in reducing the status of the pests. To stop the return of the bed bugs, a widespread use of baits rather than insecticide sprays for controlling ants and cockroaches was the major aspect that had been implicated to restrict their return to the United States. Learn more about Bed Bugs Spray
. Bed bugs feed on blood and not on ant and cockroach baits.
Bed bugs are active only at dawn, and attack mostly about an hour before the dawn though they may attempt to feed at other times also if they were given the opportunity. The presence of warmth and carbon dioxide attract the bed bugs mostly. The bugs pierce the skin of their host with hollow tubes. They inject their saliva with the help of one tube, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics, while with the other they withdraw the blood of their host. They generally feed for five minutes and return to their hiding place. Their bites cannot usually be felt and the marks of their bites can be recognized after some minutes or hours. Good housekeeping with the mechanical removal by vacuuming is the only remedy to control bedbugs. See more Bed Bugs Pictures
Update: New York City's bed bug cases are growing exponentially. Learn more about Bed Bugs NYC recent problems.