These people were victims of parasitical bed bugs. Bed bugs are a parasite that feed on the blood of humans. They were all but eliminated in the United States due to widespread use of DDT. However, the EPA banned DDT and bed bugs have made a remarkable comeback. The bed bug’s rapid reproductive cycle and resistance to pesticide has made this parasite a real problem in highly populated areas.
Bed bugs have become a real problem over the last few years. Since the banning of the pesticide DDT, bed bugs have made a dramatic come back. In part to the fact that they can reproduce so rapidly. We have seen a significant increase in requests for bed bug treatments.
Bed bugs are classified as a parasite, and therefore considered a public health risk. (more…)
In 12 months, 1 bed bug can turn into 38,000,000 bed bugs in an optimal growth environment. That is assuming that only 38,000,000 of the original 234,000,000 eggs laid by her and her offspring will hatch and reach maturity. This spells big trouble for commercial properties such as hotels and apartments who want to quickly prevent the spreading of bed bugs within their facilities.
Once a bed bug is hatched, it can easily travel from room to room under baseboards and through small cracks and crevices. Not only can it easily move from room to room, it can survive more than two years without ever feeding in a dormant stage.