A Pest Control Florida University Recent Study Finds New Facts on Bed Bugs
Pest control Florida and throughout the United States is more important than ever. Bed Bugs have been a serious concern for the general public and health officials for many years. Recently the University of Florida performed a three year study on the pests and discovered new information that may alter the way bed bugs are dealt with. Scientists have witnessed the bed bugs thriving without a large quantity of blood-meals. They also learned that one pair of mating bed bugs can produce enough young between them two in eleven weeks to cause harm by sucking massive amounts of blood from a young child or baby. Scientists explain that when they state that the bed bugs will cause harm, they are not referring to the human dying but referring to the body becoming stressed in some way. Within 15 weeks of reproduction they can produce enough population to harm an adult with large amounts of blood loss. They prove that 3,500 bed bugs are needed to become a hazardous situation for a baby and 25,000 bed bugs for an adult.
Some of the stresses caused to a human body after being used as a blood-meal for bed bugs can result in:
- The person becoming anemic
- Low Blood Volume
- Incorrect levels of iron or other hormones
The study lead to findings on the rate of growth of populations of bed bugs by the eating factors. For example they feed a selected group of bed bugs less than another. Under all conditions they placed the bedbugs in; the populations still grew however those fed less did reproduce less. By adjusting the bed bugs feeding habits the researchers were able to conclude that bedbugs do not need to eat each day. The faculty member performing the feeding experiment of UF/IFAS used a five and fifteen minute interval feeding pattern. (They only consume blood) Bed bugs can survive perfectly well with a few snacks a week.