With summer looming just around the corner, many of you are undoubtedly planning for that long awaited summer vacation. When it is all said and done there will be a few souvenirs that you return with, both wanted and unwanted. Aside from those unwanted T-shirts or sunburns, one reminder of your vacation that you do not want to bring back are bedbugs.

Ever since 2000, bedbug infestations have been on the rise. Once relegated to third world countries, bedbugs have become permanent residents in modern civilized societies. Infestations have now been documented on every continent. In Australia bedbug infestations have risen 4,500 percent over the last decade. As far as the United States, Philadelphia and New York City lead the nation in documented bedbug infestations.

Bedbugs have been around for quite a while. There are ancient Egyptian records documenting bedbug infestations over 3,000 years ago. From the 1940s to the late 1950s, 30 percent of all U.S. households were infested with bedbugs. But why such an exposure in amount of reported bedbug infestations now? There are several factors contributing to the rise.

One of the main reasons we are now seeing so many cases of bedbugs in the U.S. is because of the ban of the insecticide DDT. Bedbugs are now becoming resistant to the replacement insecticide prethyroid at an increasing rate as well. Increasing populations in large cities along with the ability to travel to any part of the world with ease have also contributed to the rise in bedbug cases.

Bedbugs are approximately 5 mm in length and are reddish-brown oval in appearance. They love to feed on the blood of humans. Bedbugs prefer warm climates and have a life cycle of about six months however, some may live up to a year or longer. Interestingly, bedbugs reproduce by what is known as a traumatic insemination. That is where the male stabs the female in the abdomen and injects his sperm into the wound. The female will then lay approximately a half-a-dozen eggs per week or 500 in her lifetime. The eggs will hatch in five to 10 days.

 

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