A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida has given new insights into bed bugs’ feeding habits and their impact on human health over prolonged periods of exposure.
The study, published in Medical and Veterinary Entomology, found that the frequency of feeding determines how big bedbug meals will be. Essentially, if they are able to eat every day, they will actually feed less. The number of bed bug eggs produced in a population is also determined by how much blood they consume in the week prior to production. Longer, more frequent feedings increases egg production.
While bedbugs do not transmit disease, they do result in irritating and itchy bites that impact our psychological health. However, the study also found further evidence that bed bug bites may reach harmful levels for both infant and adults in 3 to 8 months of exposure. Secondary infections, allergic reactions and overuse of pesticides in an effort to eliminate bed bugs are common health concerns after prolonged exposure.
Bedbugs are a common problem throughout the nation, including New Mexico. We see two or three cases of bedbugs in Albuquerque every week. Bed bugs are ectoparisite insects (parasites which lives on the outside of the body of the host.) Bed bugs feed only on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. Bed bugs are usually found in bed parts, such as mattresses and box springs, or other tight cracks and crevices. They are difficult to eradicate, and it is best to seek the advice of a pest control expert if you have concerns about bed bugs.
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