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History of Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs have historically been a problem to humans throughout history.   People would put cedar wood chips on the floor beneath their beds and stuff their mattresses with cedar wood chips.

In the United States in the 1930's, people actually wall-papered their bed room walls with arsenic-laced wallpaper to kill bed bugs.  During this time, people used metal bed frames because there were less places for bed bugs to hide.  These metal frames were dismantled every few months and thoroughly cleaned to help prevent bed bugs.

In the United States, the problem of bed bugs stopped being a major problem when during World War II, the government discovered the pesticide called DDT  There are generations of people in the U.S. that have never seen a bed bug.  Only the old phrase of "Sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite" told to children remained.

This DDT insecticide was extremely effective in killing bed bugs but by the early 1970's we discovered that it was also destroying our environment, killing our wildlife and causing cancer to humans.  DDT is now forbidden to be used in the United States.

There are generations of people in the United States that have never been a bed bug.  By the mid 1990's, there were reports of bed bugs being discovered in  U.S. cities.

According to the National Geographic News, bed bug complaints have increased 700% in Australia and increased 500% in the U.S.

Bed bugs are now found throughout the U.S.  Even the Statue of Liberty in New York had bed bugs.  Offices, apartment buildings, stores, day care centers, schools, restaurants are all reporting bed bugs.  These bed bugs are the ultimate hitch-hiker.  They can crawl from the clothing of one person onto a chair.  The next person sits in that chair and the bed bug can crawl onto this person's clothing.   The second person goes home with a bed bug and now has a bed bug problem.   These pests are constantly looking for a new source of a blood meal.

There has not been much research done for the past 50 years on bed bugs since they were no longer a common pest.  Since the resurgence of the bed bugs through the U.S. researchers are now starting to look at these pests.  Pesticide companies are working hard to formulate new pesticides that are effective against these pests.