As the summer heats up, so does travel. In fact, AAA reported that air travel was expected to surpass pre-pandemic number during Memorial Day weekend1. But travelers should be cautious when returning home – bed bugs are not great souvenirs. During Bed Bug Awareness Week, June 4-10 MGK is teaming up with the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) to educate both consumers and professionals about these tiny hitchhiking pests.
Bed Bug Services are Rising
With more people travelling, the hospitality industry is relying on pest control professionals for their expertise in bed bug treatments. And MGK’s tech services team is here to help PMPs tackle any bed bug infestation.
As we know, it’s not just the product that controls bed bugs, it’s knowledge. Make sure to check out our Bed Bug Resources to access expert tips and tricks, as well as downloadable materials like the treatment protocol, infographic poster and identification guide.
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Fun Facts About Bed Bugs
Bed bugs and their prevalence are widely known. But where did they come from? What makes them so unique? We’re celebrating Bed Bug Awareness Week by sharing some fascinating facts about my favorite pest – the bed bug.
How long have bed bugs been around?
A new DNA family tree suggests that bed bugs date back to the time of the dinosaurs. Entomologists once speculated that bed bugs evolved from bat bugs when early humans moved into caves. Now we know the bed bug’s ancestor was a blood sucking pest long before bats ever existed.
How did the bed bug get to the United States?
Reports from passengers being fed upon during their trip to the Americas lead us to believe that they hitched a ride with colonists on ships like the Mayflower. Also, there are at least 71 common names for bed bugs originating from 36 different languages, but no record of a Native American word for bed bugs.
How do bed bugs survive?
Because blood is their sole source of food and water, bed bugs are the vampires of the pest world. While this diet has plenty of lipids, protein, and carbohydrates, it lacks sufficient micronutrients. So bed bugs rely on help from their friends to supplement their diets – Wolbachia symbionts live in the gut of the bed bug and in exchange they provide B vitamins, biotin and riboflavin.
What are bed bugs afraid of?
A bed bug’s worst fear is water loss. When a cluster of bed bugs is together in a small area it increases the local relative humidity – a microenvironment so they can conserve water. Now that’s how you conquer your fears!
- Get tips and tricks for bed bug identification and protocols on our Bed Bug Resources page.
- Learn more about Bed Bug Awareness Week at PestWorld.org.