Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius (Cimicidae) are wingless, “blood-suckers” made their presence known to America, taking the limelight, about 6-8 years ago, as they became more widely spread. Contrary to popular belief, these insects are not parasites, but just similar in size, which makes them difficult to spot and get rid of.
GotchA! Bed Bug Inspectors state that airports and airplanes are prime environments for spreading. Although bed bugs require a warm environment for survival, they can find the warmth on clothes, blankets and other materials. The close-quarters of an airplane make it easy for bed bugs to move from one host to another, while the same can be said for the close proximity of luggage. Bed bugs breed effortlessly, laying hundreds of eggs, which can quickly evolve into an infestation. Not only are they a nuisance, but the saliva, from their bites, is reported to be extremely itchy and in the event of prolonged exposure to the bites, can cause dangerous allergic reactions.
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