October 12, 2012

Don't let the bedbugs bite, 'cause they suck

I knew that bedbugs were real but I never knew they sucked blood! A common bedbug is engorged with blood after feeding on a human arm. - Nasty!

Adult bedbugs are about the size of a small ladybug. They are flat, oval, and wingless. They are brown unless engorged with a meal, when they turn a mahogany red. Adults feed regularly but can live six months without eating.

They hideout during the day to hunt for food at night. They are evil-smelling pests whose bites can cause severe allergic reactions in some people.

Bedbugs were common in the early 20th Century then along came insecticides. Now check this out, infestation in hotels and motels are on the rise. Why? They are very good at hiding. "Pest-control companies have reported a tenfold increase in bedbug service calls in Florida since 1999. Increased tourism has contributed to the problem because bedbugs are transported in luggage from overseas, according to pest-control experts."(2)

Spraying for these bugs is less common. Most places put out insect balls and 'motels' for roaches and similar bugs but not for the bedbug.

1 About.com Insects
2 MSN News