Cimex lectularius, a Bedbug
Bedbugs aren't just a part of a rhyme, they are not myth, they are real
Ignorance is bliss, and before this past year, I lived in blissful ignorance of the bed bugs. You see, as I'd never been somewhere infested by bed bugs, I didn't know they actually existed. I'd never thought to look up the bed bugs on Wikipedia, for me, they may as well have been as real as the boogyman. Everyone has heard the jingle, good night, sleep tight, don't let the bed bugs bite! The old rhyme seems to cheapen the experience, and it is an experience you simply should never have to have, while also making the pests seem fanciful, as though they may not be real.
Cimex lectularius is the common bedbug, and it is the dominant species of the cimicid family of insects. It is a family of parasitic creatures sustaining themselves entirely on the blood of their hosts. There are many Cimex species feeding on the blood of various and sundry hosts, but it is the Cimex lectularius we are concerned with here, as that species is the parasite hosting itself among humanity, and sucking our very life blood.
Bedbugs, parasites and their host
Revulsion to bedbugs is the only proper response when the context is a residential area
If the photo above is disturbing to you, then congratulations, your empathy is in fine order. How could someone just allow such a thing to be going on on their own body? Well, a bed-bug infestation exerts a traumatic psychological effect on persons suffering with or through it; but imagine yourself injured or so weak you can't much get out of bed. Elderly or disabled persons could have their lives severely disturbed and depressed for such.
If you care about someone at all, and you know they're dealing with an infestation, then you are morally obligated to assist them. Letting someone just live with a bedbug infestation shows a lack of concern, a lack of empathy, indeed, a lack of humanity. I've seen with my own two eyes how disabled persons in group homes are left to rot in their beds, beds crawling with bedbugs; helpless persons feasted upon by parasites. Imagine having caretakers who care so little about you they leave you laying in a bed with bedbugs crawling and feeding all over you, in such a position, would you not then feel your life has no value to you, nor anyone else? The psychological effect of living in the filth of a bedbug infestation alone justifies any or all efforts towards their eradication
An illustration of the life cycle of bedbugs
Don't feel guilty should you face a bedbug infestation
It would be a major mistake to blame yourself or your brother, etc; for a bed bug infestation. A bedbug infestation could happen to absolutely anyone. Bedbugs don't infest your home due to your poor housekeeping. Bedbugs don't traffic or travel in dirt or refuse. Bedbugs don't wind up in your home from a lack of antisepsis.
Bedbugs travel and abide in fabrics. Your couch, your bed, your pants, your socks, and even your shoes - these are the places the bedbugs abide. So housecleaning isn't the issue with your bedbug infestation. You almost certainly brought them home in your clothes after sitting down somewhere already infested. It is NOT your fault. People typically pick up the bedbugs after staying the night in a hotel or motel, attending school, or they even get them from hospitals.
A single bedbug on the body - this is the most normal encounter with bedbugs
A female bedbug may lay as many as 300 eggs in her lifetime. An adult bedbug is supposed to be hardy and hale enough to survive between 8 months to a year without having a chance to feast on anyone's blood. The bugs are tough, pervasive, and wretched.
Bedbugs are an ancient enemy of humankind. The first human records mentioning or describing the parasitic pests are from Greece, 400 years before the advent of the Christ. As time and literacy spread throughout Europe, so did documentation of the bedbugs. Bedbugs are not limited to the Americas and Europe. They can live anywhere where it is warm. The proliferation of home heating has allowed for bedbugs to survive the cold winters, and allowed them to spread.
Myself and Proof, the bedbug killer that I know works.
Repel 40% DEET kills bedbugs on contact, and it repels them, keeps them off of YOU.
Turning bedbugs into dead bugs
Most authoritative articles on the bedbugs which I've seen online recommend the victim of an infestation contact professional pest control services. The implication, it seems to me, is that the common homeowner or adult isn't competent to deal with an infestation. While it is plain that professionals are more able to handle the situation, as it is only their jobs to do so, I know for certain that many, many persons dealing with bedbug infestations are too economically disadvantaged to be able to afford professional help with bedbugs. So what are the poor supposed to do, lay down and let their blood get sucked by disgusting insects? Are they supposed to burn all of their clothes, their furniture, and rip out their carpet? I assure you these 'solutions' are very expensive too, and they are also unnecessary.
Preventing an infestation can be difficult, but it is not impossible; and with the use of the two products I've listed for sale here; you've got a great shot at success in your prevention efforts. The Repel bug spray with 40% DEET is more of a prevention measure. The 40% DEET Repel DOES kill bedbugs on contact, however, it is ineffective as a product when the object is to destroy your residential infestation. You use that Repel with the 40% DEET when you sleep in a motel, or hotel, or (if possible) while staying in a hospital. If you go to sleep in a strange place and spray yourself down with the Repel, the bedbugs will be repelled, but only for 6 to 8 hours. I would spray myself with it when knowingly sleeping in an infested place, and I knew it would keep the bugs off of me during the night, but were I to sleep in, sleep late, well, after 6-8 hours the Repel has word off, and the bugs aren't entirely nocturnal, they can and will feed on you during the daylight hours. Should you physically see the bugs? Yes, the 40% DEET Repel will kill them on contact.
Again, it is important the reader realize the 40% DEET Repel should be used as a preventive measure, not a solution.
The solution to your bedbug infestation is entirely found with the Proof bedbug spray. I suffered an infestation, I struggled with solutions, and then I found one, and it is this Proof spray. It really, REALLY works. Now, be sure you recognize that a bedbug infestation isn't going to be destroyed with one 16 ounce spray bottle of Proof. No, bedbugs are far, far tougher than that. Yes, absolutely, the Proof spray kills them on contact, and repels them from your bed, your couch, so forth, and so on. It kills bedbug eggs, but remember, bedbugs are so small and flatly built they can reside in places beyond your ability to comprehend. To state it plainly, you are going to have to purchase many of these 16 ounce spray bottles of Proof. You use one, and you won't see any bedbugs for a while, you will surely kill loads of them, but there are still more there somewhere. You will need to apply Proof bedbug spray consistently over a period of months in order to beat back and destroy a bedbug infestation. The smell of the stuff, with neem oil as its active ingredient, is very very strong. You will most definitely need to ventilate your home after applying the spray. Do not be afraid to apply Proof spray to your bed, your couch, or even your clothes, especially after you've returned home from a stay elsewhere, somewhere maybe infested. You do not need a professional pest control service if you have patience, determination, consistent application, and plenty of Proof bedbug spray to treat your abode with. Thanks for reading, take care of you, your home, and your family, and by all means KILL THEM ALL.
© 2016 Wesman Todd Shaw
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on March 13, 2016:
Yeah, it's a thing the most disadvantaged deal with, and are punished for reporting - as the most disadvantaged have no money to go anywhere else, or get away from the problem, or solve it for themselves.
Boarding homes or 'group homes' for the 'mentally ill' are the worst places o Earth, as they're typically located in dilated slum buildings, and the managers aren't interested in the problem much, they live somewhere else.
The problem is nothing new, and the same sorts of persons always wind up in the same sorts of positions. Not sure anything will ever ultimately be done about the problems of the poor, but Proof worked for me, it just takes a lot of applications over time, and the problem, as you say, won't end unless the whole building is handled.
ptosis from Arizona on March 13, 2016:
My neighbor Inge had a bedbug infestation thanks to the homeless guy Henry who regularly brings home stuff from the dumpster. Henry who was supposed to take care of her told me that there was a swarm of bedbugs on her neck where she was going through radiation for throat cancer - just like the image you have on this article. I did not like how the apartment management sprayed her home while she was still in it which for somebody who is immune compromised would make them sicker I would think. I hated how the apartment management tricked her into signing a document having her held responsible for the removal of bedbugs. The day after she went to her final stay at the hospital, the notice of eviction was put up. Henry was told to "not remove anything" and at the same time "remove everything". He removed everything. I was so saddened that Inge was treated like that. I was very angry and sad.
Because bedbugs cannot be eliminated from a single dwelling unit without fumigating the entire building, and such treatment is very expensive, landlords invariably try to shift the blame onto the tenants in order to have them foot the bill. They will even try to evict the tenants for causing the infestation, when in fact the tenants are truly victims.
The mere presence of bedbugs, whether right away or some period of time after move-in, is unlikely to be remedied. Again, the whole building must be treated at one time, which landlords almost never do. So you would be well advised to not give the landlord the opportunity to exterminate. It just won’t work. Why prolong your suffering?
Because bedbugs are so horrendous, such an infestation equates to an irreparable circumstance in the same sense as a fire or flood. Thus, pursuant to A.R.S. § 33-1366 bedbug infestation is considered “casualty damage,” which requires that you to immediately vacate and shortly thereafter terminate rental contract.
Unless tricked by the landlord to sign your tenant rights away.
Factiods. Bedbugs prefer Human blood. They will crawl past 20 cats and dogs to get to a human. Bedbugs can live up to a year without feeding. Pesticides are starting not to work on them. HEAT KILLS THEM so can take you clothes and put then in the dryer on high heat to kill. Would need room heaters to heat apartment up to 145F. Did you know that there are trained dogs that sniff out an bedbug infestation??
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 16, 2016:
I saw a neighborhood where, I guess, bedbug infestations were supposed to be something you just shut up and dealt with...on your own, with no money or transportation or anything.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 16, 2016:
The thought of bedbugs feeding on elderly or physically disabled people who can't remove them is very worrying. If we discover someone in this situation, we certainly are morally obligated to assist them!
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 10, 2016:
Thanks Ann! After hearing all the claims of how fighting them was hopeless, and then trying things that didn't work. I was literally thrilled with the Proof product. It absolutely works, but one does have to apply the stuff over and over again -over the course of a couple of months to finally be winning the war!
Ann Carr from SW England on January 10, 2016:
Ugh! I knew they existed though I've never seen one thank goodness. This is great advice and passing on the treatments is exactly what is needed. Awful to think that some people are just left to deal with it and suffer.
The illustrations made me squirm (except for the pic of you of course!).
Wesman Todd Shaw (author) from Kaufman, Texas on January 07, 2016:
What I've seen are homes for persons on ss disability. The person managing the home gets and keeps over 90% of the disability check, shoves as many people in one tine apartment as possible, and feeds them the exact same bullshit over, and over, and over, and over again.
Bedbugs? Oh, the manager figures that ten bucks a month of spending money you get ought to handle it....
Dr Billy Kidd from Sydney, Australia on January 07, 2016:
Thanks, Wes. I never knew what a bedbug was.
Interesting that you mention nursing homes. My friend, a nurse, saw that many people were sick at one. The owners did nothing. She called the health department and asked to have it inspected and sprayed. Wasn't bedbugs, but I get the picture.