Bed Bugs History, And Where Are They Found?
Bed bugs history: Perhaps bedbugs obtained this name from their habit of feeding on humans while people sleep in the bed. They are also called wall lice, mahogany flats, or red coats. Bed bugs have been a pest issue for more than three thousand three hundred years in ancient Egypt.
They were entered into the United States first by early colonists. Learn more about Bedbug’s history.
After entering The United States they thrived for a few decades. By the 1950s, bed bugs spread everywhere but were exterminated from the developed world with the help of vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and pest control products.
In the late 1990s, bedbugs reappeared due to several factors like international travel, inappropriate pest control products and methods, and lack of public consciousness.
Where Else Bed Bugs are Found?
Remember, bedbugs are efficient travelers and are easily transported with travel bags or luggage. They can hide in cracks and crevices before your eyes and prefer to live near to the human environment. Usually, they are found in bed mattresses, box springs, and folder areas, electric outlets, furniture & fixtures.
Nowadays we experience bedbugs existence almost everywhere, not limited to a specific place and regardless of cleanliness or poverty level. Also, they can be found in backpacks, under the seat of the car, bus and train, even in the plane, Cinema hall, 5-star hotels, etc.
Pest management companies and National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reported the existence of bed bug infestation in buildings, apartments, hotels, hospitals, schools, college campuses, office buildings, retail stores, public transport including a five-star hotel, and so on.
Luckily bed bugs are not known to spread any diseases till today, but they are irritating. And people who are allergic to bedbug bites may experience a severe allergic reaction. Before the situation becomes worse they should treat bedbug bites.
So, immediately after biting they should go to an allergy specialist. The percentage of these bed-lucky people is very few. We can say usually no need for any medical treatment for bedbug bites.
The result of the NPMA’s (National Pest Management Association) 2018 – Bugs Without Borders survey
Pest management professionals reported that residences are at the top of this list of bedbug-infested places. About 97% of pest control professionals treated bedbugs in the past year and most of them said their services work 69%. In other words, their treatments are effective at 69%.
71% of people contacted them assuming fleas, 28% as cockroaches, but finally, pest control professionals identify that they are infested with bedbugs. They told me that they received the most bedbug complaints in summer due to vacation travel.
They also reported that the 3 most common places of a bedbug infestation are:
1. Single-family homes 91 %,
2. Apartments or condominiums 89 %,
3. and hotels or motels 68 %.
Other infested places are nursing homes 59%, schools, and daycare centers 47 %, offices 46 %, college dorms 45 %, hospitals 36 %, and public transportation 19 %.
Bedbug bites appear in the body as a sign of infestation for 92% of people and more than half of those reach the doctor for treatment. Some people immediately feel skin irritation, others may take 2 or 3 days to appear symptoms, and few people may not feel at all.
The real danger is for them because they remain unaware until the problem reaches an extreme position.