Once upon a time, bed bugs played little more than a bit part in a children’s nursery rhyme. But since they scuttled out of obscurity into the limelight more than a decage ago, the North American public has found it hard to sleep tight. Bed bugs have inspired everything from disgust and dread, to myths and misconceptions – not to mention making heir fair share of headlines.
Bed bugs are peculiar. It’s not surprising these creepy creatures sparked panic among their human hosts, who found themselves fed upon in the dark of the night while seemingly safe in their beds. For a time, people felt like they could escape the pests by the light of day. That’s until bed bugs started showing up in offices. And in retail centers. And theaters. And libraries. Though it sounds like a Hitchcockian horror movie, it’s just a typical day’s work for your Orkin Canada technician.
We were early observers of the reemergence of bed bugs, and we’ve been on the frontlines of the battle against them ever since.
From our learnings, we rounded up 100 facts about bed bugs! To give you a little preview of some of these bed bug facts, we’ve listed 10 interesting facts from our top 100.
Ten Facts About Bed Bugs
- The bed bug species most common in North America is Cimex lectularius, which translates literally to “bug of the bed or couch.” If you’re fluent in Latin, you already knew that.
- With a flat, broad, oval shape and dark brown coloring, adult bed bugs are small (4-5 mm long) but visible to the naked eye.
- Bed bugs have six legs, three body segments and four-part antennae, making them “true bugs.” And, according to The Orkin Man, they are also true pests.
- As nocturnal pests, bed bugs prefer to feed at night but will seek a food source during the day if necessary. They are most active between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.
- A bed bug feeding takes about five minutes. Humans, it would seem, are pretty fast food.
- Bed bugs can ingest more than seven times their body weight at one time. That’s the equivalent of a 150-pound adult drinking 473 LITRES of water in one sitting.
- A female bed bug lays about 100-150 eggs in her lifetime.
- Bed bugs originated with cave dwellers co-habitating with bats, the original host of these blood-sucking insects. At some point about 245,000 years ago, bed bugs expanded the menu from bats to humans.
- A study conducted by the University of Florida and Union College in Lincoln, Neb., found that the colours red and black attract bed bugs while green and yellow are more repellent. Fans of the Montréal Canadiens, Calgary Flames and Ottawa RedBlacks are not pleased. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan Roughriders fans rejoiced.
- Bites may also indicate bed bug presence. However, as many as 30 percent of people do not react to bed bug bites. In some cases, other insect bites may be mistaken for bed bug bites.
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