Where Did Bed Bugs Come From?
In the summer of 2015, New York had such a plague of bugs in its hotels and residential dwellings that one science writer was inspired to write an entire book on the subject. Unfortunately, the news about bed bugs wasn’t “new”. They arrived in the US with the Pilgrims (Native Americans were free of them), and it wasn’t until 2005 that the nasty little bugs even made the mainstream media. In 2011, the United States held a National Bed Bug Summit. This was quickly followed by an international news report that described the U.S. infestation as “epidemic”.
Think You Have Bed Bugs? Learn How To Find Them
They usually feed at night, so a person may not see them, but bed bugs leave a trail of evidence. One is a series of blood spots or stains – on your mattress, box spring, sheets or even pillowcases – where they have fed and moved off. Another is dark spots, or excrement, ranging from the size of the period at the end of this sentence to the size of the bullet points below.
Bed bugs are usually found in beds, but they can also be found in:
• Bed frames
• Bed skirts or dust ruffles, shams, decorative pillows, bolsters
• Perimeter of carpeting
• Under sofas, chairs and other upholstered or “soft” furniture, or in the crevices
• Drawer joints
• Electrical receptacles and appliances
• Wallpaper and wall hangings (the underside)
• Wall and ceiling joints or moldings