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.
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