So you’ve been bitten by some pesky bed bugs and you ask yourself what bed bug bite treatment will work for you.
You wake up from a night’s rest with small red irritating bite marks all over your body. You’re told they’re from the elusive bed bug. So you think, where do bed bugs come from? Excellent question!
Today bed bugs are found throughout the world, biting and irritating the rich and the poor. Their global domination is believed to have begun in the Middle East, where they began their transition to human blood by living in caves that were home to bats and humans alike.
Once civilization grew out of caves and into more structured societies, the bed bugs followed their favourite food source, the human being.
The oldest known fossilized bed bugs were discovered in the Paisley Caves of the United States. These fossilized remains were estimated to be up to 11,000 years old. This is also around the time it is thought that humans started to inhabit the area.
Ancient civilizations have been known to use bed bugs in potions for everyday illnesses, for leech remedies and even to cure snake bites. Today’s modern society hasn’t found these remedies quite as successful.
By the start of the 20th century every continent had had a negative encounter with the pesty bed bug. Invading homes, causing unwanted skin irritations, disrupting sleep and creating a unpleasant household.
Then by the 1950s it was hard to find bed bugs in your everyday home. The question changed from “where do bed bugs come from” to “where have the bed bugs gone”. DDT was the answer. The now thought to be cancer causing pesticide was highly used in the 50s for a range of pest problems. It cleared your house out of bed bugs but also did significant harm to other wildlife and to your family members. In the 1970s DDT was banned from being used as a pesticide.
Since the 1980s bed bug numbers have been on the rise and they have made a resurgence into your home in record numbers. Lucky for you there are new treatment and prevention methods available to rid your life of bed bugs.
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