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UF Study Reveals Bed Bug Feeding Patterns

UF Study Reveals Bed Bug Feeding Patterns

Researchers at the University of Florida examined the feeding patterns of bed bugs — and the impact they can have on humans’ blood after several months. Their research was published in the journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Via: PCT

Researchers at the University of Florida examined the feeding patterns of bed bugs — and the impact they can have on humans’ blood after several months. Their research was published in the journal Medical and Veterinary Entomology.

The study shows that bed bugs will have a bigger or a smaller bloodmeal depending on when they last fed. For example, if bed bugs are fed every day, they have 1.5 times fewer instances of eating than those only fed occasionally, researchers found.

Researchers also found that production of bed bug eggs is linked with how much blood the bed bugs were able to consume the week prior.

“Longer and more frequent feedings increased egg production, which would allow a faster growth of bed bug populations,” they wrote in the study. “The increase in bed bug populations obtained with more frequent and longer feedings can be the difference between a population that barely survives at a location and a thriving population.”

Researchers conducted their study by letting bed bugs feed on chickens (both chickens and humans are known to be great “feeding hosts” for bed bugs).

Download the article at
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2915.2012.01057.x/abstract.

Everyday Bedbug Prevention Tips

Everyday Bedbug Prevention Tips

It is important to be aware of ways to prevent bed bugs in your everyday life. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
  • Vacuum suitcases after returning from a vacation.
  • Check your sheets for tell-tale blood spots.
  • Consider bringing a large plastic trashbag to keep your suitcase in during hotel stays.
  • Carry a small flashlight to assist you with quick visual inspections.
  • Never bring second-hand furniture, especially mattresses and box springs, into a home without thoroughly examining for signs of a bed bug infestation. You might consider having a pest control professional inspect the furniture as it is difficult to detect an infestation without training.
  • Regularly inspect areas where pets sleep for signs of bed bugs.
  • Bed bugs are elusive creatures, so it is imperative to seek professional pest control assistance to address an infestation.

Bed Bugs: The Beauty Shots

Found some great photos while surfing the web via TIME.

Check em’ out with the link below, but try not to bug out!

http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2010/bedbugs/bedbugs_05.jpg

Bed Bugs: The Beauty Shots

The Pest of the Year shows off its stuff in microscopic detail.
Photographs by Adam Nadel / Polaris Scanning Electron Microscope provided by Tescan \ USA / Jack Mershon

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2019344,00.html/r:t#ixzz0zjvWwgDT