Bed Bug – General History
England first reported of having discovered bed bugs in 1583. Soon after, they ended up in America. In Ancient Greece, bed bugs were reported in 400 BC and were said to have used these bugs as ailments for ear infections and snake bites since 77AD. This belief was continued until the 18th century when they were recommended for treating hysteria.
Bed Bug Removal – Types & Characteristics
For bed bug removal, We must understand the types and characteristics of bed bug. There are 92 different recognised species of such bugs in the world. They belong to the Hemiptera that includes a variety of different forms including scorpions and aphids. Majority of them feed on plant saps and are carriers of important plant diseases. Only a few species in the family known as Cimicidae and those related to it will feed on birds and mammalian species for blood.
The most common type of Cimicidae will be Cimex lectularius, a bug that infests and feeds on poultry, bats and humans. It is very well adapted to human environments and various climates around the world. There is also Cimex hemipterus, that feeds on humans and bats, found in tropical regions in the world.
These bugs are hematophagous insects which feed for blood. They only feed on humans when no other prey is available. Nymph bed bugs can be as small as 1.5mm, while adult bed bugs reach 5mm – 7mm in length. They have flat bodies and can sometimes be mistaken as ticks or tiny cockroaches. Nymph bed bugs are light in colour and appear bright red after feeding. Adult bed bugs are reddish in colour, which appear more swelled up and reddish after feeding. They have small wings that do not enable them to fly but are able to crawl around quickly.
Bed bug Singapore : How do bed bug enter homes?
Bed bug tend to spread by travelling, attaching itself to items such as clothing, luggage, furniture, boxes and bedding. It dwell mostly with humans but can be found in places such as:
* Buses, Trains, Taxis, Planes
* Office Buildings
* Nursing Homes