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Bed Bug Bites Plagued Early Humans Too

We May have Evolved From the People Thousands of Years Ago, But We Still Face Many of the Same Problems.
We May have Evolved From the People Thousands of Years Ago, But We Still Face Many of the Same Problems.

In today’s fast-track world of people moving around using multiple forms of transportation, traveling to destinations around the world, or moving to a new home, bed bugs have become part and parcel of our lives.

While we may think these blood sucking vampire insects are new to the environment scene, current research has uncovered evidence in Oregon that the genus Cimex, goes as far back as 11,000 years.

Researchers doing archaeological digs at the eight Paisley Five Mile Point Caves recovered 14 specimens of cimicids, which are close relatives to bed bugs.

During the time period these insects were alive, cave dwellers also inhabited the caves seasonally. While bats living in the caves were the main source of food for the bugs, researchers conclude there is a high probability the bugs also fed on the humans.

In today’s world, humans are faced with three species of bed bugs. These include the Cimex lectularius, which is the most common, the Cimex hemipterus, which is a worldwide traveler but prefers the tropics, and the Leptoimex boueti, which resides in Africa.

Regardless of which species is making its presence known, each is problematic for humans.

If you’re experiencing a bed bug invasion, local NYC and NJ bed bug exterminators can handle it. With professional services and techniques, NYC and NJ bed bug exterminators can pinpoint the problem and take immediate action to clear your home of unwanted guests.

Bed Bugs: The Signs of a Problem

The Problem With Finding Bedbugs
The Problem With Finding Bedbugs

Bed bugs have no shame. They don’t care where you live, work, go to school, or where you go on vacation. Wherever they can commute to, that’s where they’ll set up a base of operations whether it’s via a briefcase, backpack, suitcase, or used furniture.

Signs of Bed Bug Bites

Bites from bed bugs leave clusters of 3 to 5 red and itchy bites that are uncomfortable on the best of days.

Keep in mind these pests are tiny and chance are you won’t see them at all. The bites may be confused with those of a mosquito or flea and for some people, the bites can cause an allergic reaction.

Signs Bed Bugs Have Moved In

If your home has a large infestation of bed bugs, it’s possible you’ll see an actual bug but most likely, you won’t so you need to be aware of what to look for.

  • Look for small, white oval shaped eggs found in out-of-the-way places such as cracks or small holes.
  • Check your mattress or sofa and chair cushions for empty bed bug shells.
  • A sweet odor that borders on smelling musty is a sure sign of an infestation.
  • If you see small black flecks on bedding or beneath cushions, this is excrement produced by bed bugs.

Before the bed bugs decide to make you their next meal, contact Stern Environmental Group for help with eliminating these unwanted pests.

Bed Bugs Found in Princeton University Dorms

The discovery of bed bugs at Princeton University gives credence to bed bugs’ reputation as equal opportunity pests. These small blood-sucking pests cross social, economic and cultural barriers. They are as likely to be found in tony Princeton dorm rooms as homeless shelters. The discovery of bed bug infestations in two Princeton University dorm rooms reported by NJ.com earlier this month merely proves the point.

Unlike many other insects, bed bugs are not attracted by filth or food scraps. When bed bugs are found, the common denominator is human blood. Bed bugs feed on human blood, typically at night when their meal ticket (you!) is fast asleep. When bed bugs latch on, they may feed for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Like ticks, bed bugs grow in size as they feed; their color becoming redder and darker as blood fills their bodies.

Most people don’t wake up when bitten by a bed bug because these insects inject a numbing agent as they insert their proboscis. The intense itching associated with their mosquito-like bites doesn’t usually start until the victim wakes up in the morning. However, because only 50% of victims react to bed bug bites, you could be on the menu and never know it!

Getting rid of bed bugs is a job for licensed pest control professionals that have significant experience in bed bug extermination.

Bed Bugs Overrun NYC Mental Health Department

In an odd twist of fate the very people responsible for guarding the health and happiness of New York City’s residents find themselves under attack — by bed bugs. The blood-sucking insects have infested the city’s 21-story Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in midtown Manhattan. Five floors (and counting) of the building are infested with the nasty creepy crawlies, creating more than a little consternation among the 4,000 employees that work in the building. Workers fear not only being bitten as they’re working but inadvertently taking bed bugs home with them.

This is the second time this year that bed bugs have infiltrated the health department’s 3-year old, $316 million headquarters. But the health department doesn’t stand alone. This year bed bug infestations have also been reported at the Lincoln Center, New York Public Library, Waldorf Astoria hotel and United Nations.

In recent years New York City has consistently ranked among the most bed bug infested cities in the U.S. In the past year, New York City has logged more than 9,200 bed bug complaints. NYC bed bug infestations have risen steadily since 2004 when only 537 infestations were reported.

Bed bug extermination is a job for a licensed pest control professional with expertise in bed bug elimination. If you get bed bugs; call Stern. We are the bed bug experts in New York and New Jersey.

Bed Bugs Could Become Repeat Offenders in NYC Court Room

The ongoing bed bug infestation at a Florida fire station should serve as a warning of potential future problems at Manhattan Criminal Court. Last week panic ensued when court spectators saw bed bugs crawling on a defendant. Court employees cordoned off several rows of seats which were sprayed with pesticide by a pest control company, but employees say they still feel itchy.

And with good reason. Bed bugs feed on human blood, but they don’t live on people. After feeding, these tiny insects slip off into dark cracks in furniture and burrow into tiny crevices in flooring to digest their meal and await their next victim. The odds of a repeat bed bug infestation at court is high, particularly because, unlike Cryonite which kills bed bugs at all stages of development, pesticide sprays only kill bugs, not their eggs. When eggs hatch, reinfestations occur.

That’s what happened at Clearwater’s downtown fire station. When bed bugs were initially discovered in the station’s second-floor bunk area, firefighters were moved to other parts of the building. The second floor was heat treated and mattresses removed and replaced. A week later, bed bugs were back, prompting removal of carpeting and wooden lockers to eliminate bed bug hiding places.

Several things make it likely that bed bug woes aren’t over yet for either Manhattan Criminal Court or Clearwater firefighters. We’ll talk about that next time.