“Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” This phrase may bring back fond memories for some, but for thousands of people across the United States and elsewhere, it has become nothing less than a nightmarish reality.
Bed Bug History
Bed bugs have been wreaking havoc for thousands of years. They were mentioned in Greece as early as 400 B.C. and were brought to the Western Countries by the European Settlers. Upon the invention of DDT, a powerful and extremely toxic pesticide, they were almost completely eliminated in the West. In the 1990’s, following the ban of DDT, bed bugs made a comeback in cities like New York and San Francisco. They have since made their way across the U.S.A. and have invaded dormitories, hotels, apartments, and even the personal homes of unsuspecting families.
Bed Bugs vs. Dust Mites
First of all, please don’t confuse bed bugs with dust mites. They are two very different organisms. Dust mites are microscopic and feed on human skin cells. Bed bugs on the other hand can grow up to a quarter of an inch in size and are parasitic creatures. They feed off the blood of warm-blooded animals or humans. They can cause a whole host of allergic reactions in those who sleep in their presence. Bed bugs have also been known to carry pathogens for several diseases such as anthrax, plague, yellow fever, and typhus. However, there is no conclusive scientific proof linking bed begs to the spread of these diseases.
Bed Bug Identification