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
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