What Are Bed Bugs?
Cimex lectularis (Cimicidae) are small wingless insects that feed by hematology exclusively on warm-blooded animals. Since this is precisely what we are, we are their number 1 choice. Lucky us!
Bed bugs can lay 1-5 eggs in a day AND more than 500 in a lifetime. That's one too many for me.
There are 92 different species of bed bugs in the world. But only Cimex bothers us.
A bed bug egg is 1 millimeter or the size of a grain of salt.
A single bed bug can ingest 7 TIMES its weight in blood. That is identical to an average-sized man drinking 120 GALLONS of liquid.
Unfortunately, bed bugs can be found in all 50 states. Oh, joy!
Bed bugs can tolerate a large span of temperatures, from freezing to 120F. That's why when you have an infestation, you need to use heat higher than 120F.
A Biologist at Simon Fraser University allows bed bugs to chomp on her arm so she can attempt to create a new kind of trap based on pheromones. Regine Gries has been bitten approximately over 200,000 times since 2006. She allows them to feed every Saturday for 10 minutes. Wow!
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