Bed Bugs


Bed Bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood.  The term most commonly refers to members of the genus Cimex of which Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known as it prefers to feed on human blood although other Cimex speciies are specialized to other animals like bat bugs.

A number of adverse health effects may result from bed bug bites, including skin rashes, phychological effects, and allergic syptoms. Diganosis involves both finding bed bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms.

Bed bugs have been known as human parasites for thousands of years. At a point in the early 40's they were mostly eradicated in the developed world, but have increased in prevalence since 1995. Because infestation of human habitats has been on the increase, bed bug bites and related conditions have been on the rise as well.