Bed bug - cimex_lectularius -

by Roger Chartier:

The bed bug is a gruesome little varmint

And, likes blood, your blood if he/she can get a hold of it. The Cimex Lectularius is a species that will go after human blood, and is mostly nocturnal, and likes to live in beds and sleeping areas.
They can feed on your blood at night when you are a sleep, and you might never realize that it is happening. From bites, you can get a skin rash or allergic reaction and /or other symptoms.

The little devils have been around for thousands of years but in the 1940's were mostly eradicated. Back in the mid 1990's they started to come back into our population again. They were discovered even back in the time of the early Greeks - 400 BC. The little devils can live on you and survive in rather harsh temperatures but will die beyond those temps.

How to kill bed-bugs or bedbugs or bed bugs as they are sometimes called.

The evil little buggers will die in temperatures (above 7 min of exposure) to 46 °C (115 °F) and under the low temperatures (after 15 minutes of exposure) to −32 °C (−26 °F). DDT, pyrethroids, dichlorvos, as well as malathion, and the use of our vacuum cleaners have been a great help is destroying the little buggers.

Other insects that will kill them

The Pharaoh's ant, cockroaches, spiders, the masked hunter and ants, will kill a bedbug or several if given the opportunity.

Gases that kill Bed bugs

The gas Carbon Dioxide if used in a high concentration can kill bedbugs. The administration at home by a homeowner might not be practical, but there are professional bed bug killer companies that are good at killing bedbugs in your home thus getting rid of the little demons.

Dogs are trained

To detect bedbugs and can do so faster than a human bed bug killer on their own although the most likely spot is in a bed or a couch, chair etc.. If you have bed bugs, it is a real problem so do what you can afford to do to get rid of them ASAP because they like to breed and spread around the house and into your beds, furniture, clothes, bags, etc.

The Author - Roger Chartier