Bed Bugs and their Blood Sucking Relatives

Perhaps you thought that identifying human bed bugs was easy. By the way, they actually prefer to be called Cimex lectularius since it sounds more intimidating and more regal. However, you might be staring at a Cimex pilosellus, also known as a bat bug.

It’s important to know the difference, since they have different habits.  A proper identification provides experts the information they need to determine where to direct their efforts. With bat bugs it’s necessary to eliminate the bats from the infested structure.

I’m sure you will be happy to hear that swallow bugs are also blood sucking insects related to the odious bed bugs. If scientists and insect experts keep examining the little critters they might come up with a large number of bed bug relatives. I hope not.

Some experts suggest that as society gathers more experience in recognizing bed bug infestations, they will notice them early on in the infestation process. Combine the early notification with more expertise in the future from pest control companies and the bed bug infestation occurrences will probably decrease. One expert said the decline should occur by the year 4028. Just kidding! 

If you currently have a bed bug infestation, ask pest control experts to use some Cryonite to eliminate the bed bugs.

Bed Bugs a Challenge to Eliminate

In our last post (May 30) we chronicled the woes of a Fox News Channel staffer who has sued the company charging that she now suffers post traumatic stress syndrome because of “a continuous and ongoing bed bug problem at work.”

Jane Clark’s plight points out the extreme difficulty of treating bed bug infestations, particularly in office buildings, hotels and motels, apartments and condominiums, and any place where you have a large number of rooms inhabited by a large number of people who come and go daily. Clark is only one of many traumatized by these small insects that feed on human blood — and she’s not the first to sue.

The very nature of these nuisance pests makes the scenario playing out at Fox News Channel likely to be repeated with increasing frequency as the bed bug problem in the U.S. escalates. Bed bugs are easily transported. They move into a building on the clothing or in the luggage of an infected person. You can pick them up on a bus, taxi, subway or airplane if you happen to sit on a seat recently vacated by an infected person. You can bring them home from a hotel room or a friend’s home.

Next time: How Bed Bugs Spread