Category Archives: Bed Bugs

Bats, Cave, Cavemen, Bed Bugs

The common bed bug Cimex lectularius has two host races. One race is associated with humans, the other with bats. Bedbugs were parasites of bats long before the evolution of humans. Tens or hundreds of thousands of years ago, human … Continue reading

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Bed Bug Vitamin B

Insects that feed on a single source of food can have an imbalance in dietary nutrients. Bed Bugs feed only on blood which is deficient for the B vitamin complex. The evolutionary line leading to insects lost the genes needed … Continue reading

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Bed Bug Starvation Diet

Bed bugs and many other blood feeders only stay on their hosts long enough to feed, then retreat to a protective harborage to digest their food. After the blood meal is digested, the bed bug must once again locate a … Continue reading

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Bed Bug Rhythm

Bed bugs are cryptic. They hide during daylight and venture at night to feed. This is adaptive because their human hosts are typically sleeping when a room is dark. Moving bed bugs are more likely to be detected in the … Continue reading

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Bed Bug Vision

Bed bugs are known to have color vision.  The best evidence is a study by a group of scientists* who studied orientation to shapes and colors   Bed bugs orient to black or red objects in preference to white or other colored objects. … Continue reading

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Know Your Bed Bug

The human genome sequencing project was an ambitious goal, that gained traction with advances in molecular biology in the 1980s. In 1990, Congress (in a more progressive era) funded the project uncertain whether it could be completed on time as … Continue reading

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Strange Political Bedfellows

In the down and dirty of American politics, if you don’t like a politician, you can sue them. Our media promote such stories to generate ad revenue by getting clicks from readers who are bored by policy. Hillary Clinton is being … Continue reading

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