A Brief History Of The Bed Insect
You may perhaps not visualize an animal like the bed bug of having a history,
but this one does. Really, it has been found that this is one of the strongest
species of animals present on the Earth because of what it has accomplished.
While most humans would be okay with the bed insect being extinct this is
anything but what is likely to happen over the next years.
A Look Back
Taking a look back, it can be found that the bed bug has been discovered in
ancient writings. It is typically believed that the bed bug has been all-around
for thousands of years, probably as long as humans have inhabited Earth as well.
The bed insect was first called a pest in the 17th century. They came to the
Americas just as the colonists did. They traveled with them on board the
shipping vessels that were used by immigrants. With each new wave of colonists
came a new wave of bed bugs.
The 1940’s and 1950’s
In the 1940’s and the 1950’s, the United States was using a product called DDT.
This is known as the first type of pesticide that was used. It was initial
developed in the early period of World War II. Its purpose was to stop the
spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and typhus by killing off the
mosquitoes and other vermin that helped to spread the disease.
DDT was used throughout the military but it was also used by everyday people as
well. This allowed it to be used heavily and virtually everywhere in the United
States readily. It was even used as an agricultural insecticide.
As a result, what does this have to do with the bed insect? DDT in fact almost
caused the extinction of the bed insect in North America. During the middle of
the 20th century, it was hard to find a bed insect.
Are They Gone, Then?
Unfortunately for most people, the bed bug did not die out during this time
period but over the last different decades has staged a come back that is large
enough to cause them to re-infest many areas quickly. North America has seen a
tremendous growth of b