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Bed Bugs: Who?

Part 2 of the Why, Who, How, When & Where series on Bed Bugs.
In part one, I discussed “Why” bed bugs have returned.

In this part, we’ll talk about “Who” is at risk.

WHO is at risk?  Well…sorry…we all are. Bed Bugs are not indicative of an unclean or untidy home and they can be found in even the cleanest environment.

Being the world travelers that we are, these little critters travel with ease from one country to another via clothing, luggage, and, yes, on us. They are found in hotels, motels, on airlines and in cargo holds. The bugs wind up staying in the seats of airplanes, buses and other means of public transport, eventually clinging to a passenger and finding their way into homes.

Short of hosing down the house guests as they arrive for the holiday visit, you are at risk. Houses with no history of Bed Bug infestation have suddenly become infested soon after visiting relatives leave. Bed Bugs aren’t a sign of filth but are simply opportunistic parasites who are able to get into even the cleanest homes. Bed Bugs do not discriminate and are not at all particular about WHO they choose to live on…I mean with.

Discreet precautionary measures can be employed as we head into the holiday season.  Reassure your incoming guests that they do not need (you do not want them) to bring their own bedding and pillows.  Protect your guest bed with bed-bug-proof bedding protectors.  Provide luggage racks for your guests and encourage their use.  Upon their departure, wash all bedding in hot water and thoroughly vacuum mattresses, and the room; paying particular attention along the walls, corners, and draperies.

The bottom line is that Bed Bugs feed on human blood and will live anywhere that it is available. YUCK!!  However, we can limit their residential opportunities by taking some basic precautions.

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  1. A friend recently asked:

    “Are bedbugs solely dependent on human civilization? I mean, are they found out in the wild as well as in homes?”

    Here’s my response:

    “Bed bugs are parasites that preferentially feed on humans. If people aren’t available, they instead will feed on other warm-blooded animals, including birds, rodents, bats, and pets.

    Bed bugs are fairly cosmopolitan. Cimex lectularius is most frequently found in the northern temperate climates of North America, Europe, and Central Asia, although it occurs sporadically in southern temperate regions. The tropical bed bug, C. hemipterus, is adapted for semitropical to tropical climates and is widespread in the warmer areas of Africa, Asia, and the tropics of North America and South America. In the United States, C. hemipterus occurs in Florida.
    as written by:
    Susan C. Jones, Ph.D.,
    Assistant Professor of Entomology
    Extension Specialist, Household & Structural Pests”

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