When we say “Bed bug infestation,” you say, “Really? Aren’t bed bugs like so 20th century?”
Here’s a little history lesson on Bed Bugs before I start giving you tips on how to get rid of them. All of our Bed Bug information is available in an eBook on our Web Site as well.
Bed bugs were largely eradicated as pests in the United States in the early 1940s. But (and that’s a fairly big ‘but’) although we thought we left them behind in our past, bed bugs have re-surged in the past decade, kind of like leggings and Scott Baio. And to epidemic proportions like, well, leggings and Scott Baio.
With a resurgent bed bug infestation, it’s important to understand that bed bugs have a long history bugging (pun intended!) human kind.
It’s believed that bed bugs originated in the Middle East, specifically in caves inhabited by bats and humans. Greek philosopher, Aristotle, gives them a shout out in his writings probably in his Classification of Living Things. We bet he said something along the lines of, “These creatures not only want to share my bed with me, but also take my blood!
The nerve. The bloody nerve!
If only there were an effective treatment offered by a reliable southwest Florida company who also just happened to be very good looking, oh! But one could only wish!”
Later, a 77 CE Roman book, Pliny’s Natural History claimed that bed bugs had medicinal value in treating ailments such as snake bites and ear infections. This belief lasted until the 18th century.
Bed bug infestations were considered rare in England until 1670, when it was believed they had been brought over to London with supplies of wood to rebuild the city after the 1666 Great Fire of London.
So, when the Europeans decided to colonize America, bed bugs came with the territory, or came onto the territory.
With the widespread use of DDT, the number of bed bug infestations was practically eradicated; however, bed bug populations in the United States have increased by 500 percent in the past few years.
This could have something do with the advent of cockroach bait in the early 1990s. The use of residual insecticides was drastically reduced, giving bed bugs the opportunity to thrive.
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