We don't have a shortage of things to worry about these days but just in case, here's a little number from Worthington: a bed bug infestation. A local motel had an infestation and the Daily Globe newspaper reported a private residence also had to be fumigated. Back in the day, our parents' greatest nightmare (other than that we wouldn't duck under our desks quickly enough when the nuclear bomb exploded over our town), was that we would be sent home with head lice. But at least the local newspaper didn't tell the rest of the town.
The description of a day in the life of a bed bug reads like a cheap sci-fi thriller:
Bedbugs are nocturnal feeders, meaning they come out at night and feed on human an animal hosts. They are similar to a mosquito in that they bite their host, suck blood, detach and then go back into hiding.
Bedbugs leave behind a bite mark on the host that may itch and cause skin irritations or lesions.
"Some will have bites that really itch," said Kloss.
The next night or a couple of nights later, the bedbugs return for another blood meal. The population grows as adults lay eggs that hatch into nymphs.
"The opportunities for bedbugs will only increase if they have human hosts," Kloss said.
Bedbugs can live dormant for up to six months without a human host.
Now comes the really worrisome news: Bed bugs are making a comeback because they've developed a resistance to poisons. Some experts say regular vacuuming take care of the problem, but many of us have developed a resistance to that.
bedbugs have ripped my family apart. My aunt, who travels a lot, got them and my mom wouldn't let her come visit this past year.
Mom was afraid an infestation would force her to sell her house; after a bout with cancer, she is extremely afraid of chemicals, and she wouldn't be able to stand living in a house that had been sprayed for bedbugs. And apparently that often doesn't even work.
It really is an awful thing; we're all reluctant to go visit my aunt now, too, on the off chance we'll pick up some dormant bedbug.
Bed bugs have actually been known to live as long as 18 months (not 6) without a blood meal.
And although bed bug bites can be awful, in my opinion, people who do not react to bites (who make up a sizeable percentage of the population) are in a worse position, since they may never know they have a problem until they see bed bugs. And bed bugs generally are not seen until they are quite numerous.
People with bed bugs looking for information or support can come to Bedbugger.com and use our FAQs and user forums.
Bed bugs sound horrible, i hope it's never a problem for me