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May 21, 2016
Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite!
How many of us grew up hearing the saying, “night, night don’t let the bed bugs bit?” Maybe I am showing my age but it seems today we do have a bed bug epidemic and it seems impossible to eradicate those little suckers especially if you don’t realize they are there.
So where do they come from? Everywhere and anywhere and they are located in every country in the world except Antarctica. Here is a brief history or the little critters.
The first fossil was found in Egypt and was estimated to be 3,550 years old. The earliest bed bugs are believed to have evolved from bat bugs living in caves over in the Mediterranean. As man began living in caves bed bugs discovered a new buffet and became the blood sucking little pests they are today.
By 600 AD they had reached China and England by the 1500’s. Eventually they recently arrived in the United States brought over by travelers from these other areas. In the early days bed bugs were just tolerated as a nuisance along with fleas and lice as an everyday part of life. However, with the introduction of insecticides the bed bug population was almost completely eradicated in most first and second world countries. They still remain an everyday pest in many third world countries like Africa and Asia.
So a tip when traveling abroad and staying in inns, hostels or hotels check your sheets and if you wake up scratching the next morning at least you will know why. “Night, night don’t let the bed bugs bite.”
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