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February 13, 2018 3 min read

Where do Bed bugs come from in the first place?

Everything has a beginning. Humanity started somewhere, sometime. The earth we live on has a beginning, only that no one is too sure. So also do bed bugs; they as well have a beginning. They didn’t bolt from the blues; they didn’t fall from the sky; they didn’t appear from space. They originated somewhere.

Perhaps knowing how they came about can help you fight them more effectively. Let’s get the ball rolling shall we.

History of bed bugs

Bed bugs got their botanical name Cimex lecturlarius from the Latin word Cimex. When translated to English comes out as bug. A clear proof that bugs have been around since ancient Roman times. One theory has it that bed bugs emanated from caves during the Stone Age. They fed primary on the blood of primitive bats. Their (bed bug) contact with humans started when bats started making contact with humans.

Another theory has it that bed bugs have been around even before Egyptian civilization. Scientist are of the opinion that bed bugs have been around for more than 3,500 years. This assertion is backed up by fossils of bed bugs dating back 3,500 years discovered by archaeologist.

Proliferation of bed bugs

The spread of bed bugs was dramatic; they covered grounds faster than a wildfire could. By late 6th century AD, these critters had already taken over Eastern Asia, with China being the worst hit. They carried on with the rapid invasion to Europe, covering up France, Germany and parts of Austria. By the 16th century, the entire Europe had come under the attack of bed bugs. They were literally everywhere. The rich had them, the middle class had them in their homes, and likewise the poor. Nothing could stop them. No solution then was effective enough to halt their aggressive invasion.

Bed bugs lack wings, neither are they fast, agile crawlers. They moved because man has never stopped moving. Their claws and body structure makes it easy for them to cleave to a host unnoticed, making it possible for a stowaway bug to travel miles. And, all that is needed for a heavy infestation is one pregnant bug.

Earliest attempts to treat bed bug infestation

During the golden age, there was no known formula or insecticide for treating bed bug infestation. Those affected only had the option of rigorous house cleaning. Regular inspection was done to uncover their hiding spots. Items infested was instantly done away with. Not until the 18th century was anti-bed bug spray and insecticides developed.

Bed bugs found their way into the US during the early 20th century. By early 1950 –in response to the spreading bed bug infestation – DDT was developed. DDT was a multi-purpose insecticide that worked against bugs and unwanted insect pests. It was later banned through the US after researchers found it had the potential to cause cancer.

Handling Bed Bug infestation

Bed bug infestation has little to do with cleanliness. Anybody can become a victim. Vacuuming, steam treatment and professional treatment are some of the ways to evict them from an infested home. If nothing else works, deploy Nature Mace’s Bed Bug Killer. It’s the most effective all natural product and safe for family and pets.

Where do Bed bugs come from