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What Is a Bed Bug?

Learn everything you need to know about bed bugs in this Howcast pest control video with expert Jeff White.


My name is Jeff White and I'm the research entomologist for bed bug central. And the host for bed bug t.v. I have no idea how I got into bugs and bedbugs. But here I am six years later, and having a lot of fun working with bed bugs. And I am going to be talking to you about pest control. Pest control what you kneed to know about bed bugs. Bed bugs are unfortunately back and here to stay. So people want to know what do I need to know about bed bugs. What you need to know is they were virtually eradicated from the United States around the end of World War 2, due to the wide scale usage of a pesticide called DDT. When people hear about DDT, and see all the history with that pesticide, they think that is the sole reason why bedbugs were gone from the United Stated for 50 to 60 years. But it had a lot to do with residual pesticides. Rather it was Diozani, Dursban, lindane, there are a lot of residual pesticides that were taken off the market in the early 1990s. And what that did was it opened the door for bed bugs to make their comeback. Bed bugs are a quarter inch long, oval, flat, and reddish brown. Now that's the adult, the first instar when it hatches out of an egg is translucent, and about the size of a letter on a penny. And those can be very difficult to see. But remember if the first instar bedbugs are there, and the eggs are there, theoretically adults should be there. So when we do inspections we're looking for adult bedbugs, and as disgusting as it is the fecal spotting. Which is black spots usually associated with sleeping areas. Now bedbugs feed exclusively on blood, they can feed on things other then humans such as dogs, cats. We don't know what they choose to feed on but they do feed on blood from the minute they hatch out of an egg, until the minute that they die. Like I said before bed bugs are unfortunately back and here to stay, so you need to get educated on what they are, and how to avoid bringing them into your house.

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