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Evidence of Bed Bugs:
The Bed Bug, Cimex Lectularius is a universal pests of humans, domestic animals, bats, birds, and various other mammals. The bed bug is believed to have received its common name from an affinity for the human bed where it often seeks refuge. At night, it comes out to feed on the bed's occupant however this does not make the Bed Bug nocturnal. The bed bug is a predator of opportunity. It is believed that bed bugs were introduced into the United States by the early colonists. Bed Bugs are now found throughout the United States and around world. Other names by which the bed bug is known are mahogany flat, chinch, and red coat. Bed bugs have six legs and do not fly.
Bed bugs are hardy insects and difficult to detect prior to feeding. Due to extremely flat bodies, they are able to hide in the cracks and crevices of mattresses (buttons and beading), box springs, hollow areas of bed frames, furniture coverings, other types of furniture, and in wall crevices and voids in heavier infestations. Bed bugs will hide anywhere they’re provided darkness, isolation, and protection.
Most of us discover bed bugs upon awakening and seeing bites on our arms and or legs. Bites typically occur while the victim sleeps when the bed bug has ample time to emerge and feed on the beds occupant. Bed bugs are attracted to our body heat and carbon dioxide we produce. This is why it typically takes some time for bed bugs to become active and feed. Many report that bed bugs come out after one or two in the morning due to being nocturnal. This is not exactly true; the bed bug is a bug of opportunity and will feed at any time of day or night. We report the early morning sightings well after we have fallen asleep when the temperature and carbon dioxide levels in the room have risen enough to attract the bugs from their hiding spots. Not everyone is allergic to their saliva and any marks left by a bed bug bite is directly related to ones individual immune system response, therefore another key sign to look for is random blood spots on bed sheets and pillow cases. These blood smears can also occur on, dust ruffles, walls, clothing, and even luggage. Rarely will occupants see live insects crawling about unless they are disturbed and dislodged from a hiding place. Cast skins or shells, dead insects, and signs of smears are the most common indications of bed bug infestation.
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