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Don't let the bed bugs bite!

Don't let the bed bugs bite!
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Copyright: Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 19 N: 151] (571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist D, Tamron SP 90mm
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Heteroptera of Europe+Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-09-09 16:40
Viewed: 30044
Points: 10
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"Don't let the bed bugs bite!" My grandmother used to tell me that when I stayed over her place and I always imagined bed bugs to be fictional creatures. I recently learned they are real and making a come back. What about the Boogey Man?

This image of bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) was from four images taken inside an infested house. The bugs themselves were only about 4mm long.

Most householders of this generation have never seen a bed bug. Until recently, they also were a rarity among pest control professionals. Bed bug infestations were common in the United States before World War II. But with improvements in hygiene, and especially the widespread use of DDT during the 1940s and '50s, the bugs all but vanished. The pests remained prevalent, though, in other regions of the world including Asia, Africa, Central/South America and Europe. In recent years, bed bugs have also made a comeback in the U.S. They are increasingly being encountered in homes, apartments, hotels, motels, dormitories, shelters and modes of transport. International travel has undoubtedly contributed to the resurgence of bed bugs.

Bed bugs are small, brownish, flattened insects that feed solely on the blood of animals. The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is the species most adapted to living with humans. It has done so since ancient times.

This information provided by the University of Kentucky Entomology Department - you can read more about bed bugs at here

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-09-09 17:11]

ewwww, ermmm thanks for posting as I just about to go to bed. It's a good shot, and together with the note make a very informative contribution. Good work Dan.

Arrgh... They are making a comeback is not very motivational. You managed to get enough detail on these 4mm creatures so one can get a good idea on what they look like. Very supportive note makes this an excellent post. Thanx.

I think this is a very informative shot and comment of a not very liked god creature. You have obtained quite a good detail taking into acount the size of this Cimex. Good work.

OK, one more thing I have to worry about when I go to sleep now. Thank you very much.

So, that's what they look like! I encountered them only once, in a B&B in a Liverpool suburb--once was enough! Never actually saw them, but my legs were bitten badly. Good macro capture, very informative. Makes me itchy all over again!

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