With nearly every threat of bed bugs in the United States gone in the 1950's, they are now back and spreading with ever easier and faster transportation through out the world. Exterminating them is a growing concern - Bed bugs are a growing problem.
Bed bugs are very visible and can be as big as small button. Some misconceptions are that bed bugs are small nearly invisible or even mythical creatures. If you have them, you now have a different view of them for the rest of your life! A lot of people feel the same way, there was your life before bed bugs, and then your life after!
Bed bugs live and feed on blood, they attach them selves to a victim in order to get their blood meal. They "attack" in your sleep sucking from 5 to 10 minutes and feed every 7 to 10 days. Bed bugs use anesthetic like a little vampire surgeon when feeding on you so you can't feel them (usually). They have two "beaks" one that saws into your skin, injects the anesthetic and a anticoagulant while the other sucks out the blood.
People that know they have bed bugs, lose sleep which can have a host of severe negative effects. That's right, you may not know you have bed bugs! 30% of people show no sign and have no reaction to bed bug bites. Bed bugs are nocturnal and they hide very well, so unless your searching for them, they will not be easily spotted.
This map only shows reported bed bugs cases
Bedbugregistry.com reports the following:
The Bed Bug Registry exists to give travelers and renters a reliable and neutral platform for reporting their encounters with bed bugs. Though most Americans have still never come across one, these retro pests are spreading extremely quickly across American and Canadian cities. Founded in 2006, the site has now collected over 20,000 reports.
Bed bugs are easy to transport in luggage and very hard to get rid of.
Bed bugs have become an especial nuisance for hotels, dorms, hospitals, apartments, and even movie theaters, libraries and cruise ships!
Conflicting reports tell us bed bugs can live for 2 months without a blood meal, while others state (more so in older literature) that bed bugs can go for more than one year with out feeding. The conditions seem to play a big role in the circumstances.
Bed bugs will hide and live in such bizarre things as alarm clocks, wall receptacles (outlets), picture frames and we even found one on a glow in the dark star stuck on a children's room wall about 5 feet from a bed, hidden in plain sight!
Most all chemicals will not affect bed bug eggs and will not kill a bed bug unless sprayed directly onto it per several universities studies.
Bed bugs do NOT simply die at 100 degrees. Even at 100 degrees, a bed bug would need to be held there (trapped) for roughly 6 hours before dying. Near this temperature the bed bug becomes active in seeking a new hiding place (usually a room on another side of a wall, floor or ceiling).
Bed bugs CAN and will get between even load bearing quadruple drywalled walls in luxury apartments or high end hotels! They would not normally do this however, unless driven out of their current room (heat, chemicals etc).
See below for some of the places bed bugs hide