Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius)
I have just been reading your page on Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius) and can tell you Bed Bugs do travel on hosts having myself been a transport for some. Many of my colleagues have also had incidents with them. They are the largest cause of Delusitory Parasitosis within our industry. Early identification is the only way to stop heavy infestations as a female can lay 3-5 eggs per day once fed. 200-300 in two months. Blood smears or stains on bed sheets is a very good warning sign, as well as black specs to the joints of furniture as they swell up to twice their normal size having fed. So when getting into their harborages after feeding will excrete some blood that dries to a black tear drop shaped mark. They will normally harbour 20cm away from a possible host. The nymphs will feed on excreted blood, so will not always bite. Back to their traveling, recently I have been involved in the insect monitoring in a world renowned Museum with a textile insect pest problem. We have found Bed Bugs on our insect detectors in the galleries, so someone visiting the museum has them on them. Lastly and for me one of their most amazing habits is that they can go up to a year without feeding. So you could go to sleep in a bed no one has slept in for six months and they will get you. Regards
Rentokil Pest Control
Thanks for all swell information.