Bed bugs Cimex lectularius were largely eradicated in the developed world the early 1940s, but have increased in prevalence since about 1995. The exact causes of this resurgence remain unclear. it is variously ascribed to greater foreign travel, more frequent exchange of second-hand furnishings among homes, and increasing resistance to pesticides.
Bed bugs have been known as human parasites for thousands of years. The name "bed bug" is derived from the insect's preferred habitat of houses and especially beds or other areas where people sleep. Bed bugs, though not strictly nocturnal, are mainly active at night and are capable of feeding unnoticed on their hosts.
Bed bugs infestations can very quickly grow if left unnoticed and untreated. A Female bed bug can produce around 500 young during her lifetime. Eggs are deposited in clusters and hatch in around 2 weeks. The bed bug nymphs need a blood meal before they can moult. To reach adulthood each nymph will moult five times. Temperature is an important part of bed bug development nymphs will develop quicker in a warmer environment.
The adult bed bug will live for about 10 months. They usually depend on humans for their food so a suitable host must be available for regular blood meals.
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