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Researchers Feeding Bed Bugs

Bedbug Close-UpWould you let a bed bug bite? Parents have always warned their children throughout time of the pesky creepy crawler, but some researchers seem to choose that option for the bugs they cultivate. Recently, bed bugs have made a comeback thus requiring researchers to host in lab bugs to figure out just how to put an end to this fiend’s infestation. However, hosting the bugs creates the problem of how to feed them. Bed bugs feed on blood and keeping them alive in the lab requires some brain power. The following steps will explain just how these guys do it.

1. Find Food for the Foe

Bed bugs are parasites. They feed on blood, and primarily human blood at that. It’s much easier for the bugs to penetrate a hair-less human than a shaggy dog. Bed bugs will however feed on dogs, cats, and even rodents when necessary.
Many researchers have found that the easiest way to feed the critters is to just lend out an arm, but when the amount of bed bugs being studied is too large that becomes a lot more difficult. Most scientists will order animal blood, from rabbit to dog and everything in-between. In order to maintain the experiments as controlled as possible, the blood must be processed to resemble human blood, the bug’s favorite host. And so, a few scientific processes later, the blood is ready for dinner.

2. Containing the Blood Supply

This is where scientists have to get creative. The containers required to hold the blood must somehow prevent the bed bugs from escaping and the blood from leaking. Scientist will place the blood into any sort of container. This holding device must somehow contain a permeable skin-like layer that will simulate real human skin. From fancy hemotek feeders to one of kind CD feeders, researchers are constantly creating new ways to feed these bloodsuckers.

3. Regulation of the Study

Besides finding the proper holder for the blood, scientists must regulate the blood. Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide and body heat, which is why they prey on sleeping humans. So in order to maintain the experiment as controlled and realistic as possible the blood must be warm and the bugs must be hungry. Some scientists blow on the bugs. The carbon dioxide that is released emulates that of a real sleeping human, and sets the perfect conditions for bed bug dinner time.

4. Keep the Critters Crawling

Many things can go wrong in the lab and the bed bugs can die. Scientists must develop the best feeding patterns for the bugs. Keeping a close eye on the blood and bugs will help maintain them and all the efforts put into the project; a project which researchers hope will help lead to the complete extermination of these nasty pests.

Author Bio: is a journalism student and blogger for Bulwark Exterminating, an industry leader in providing high quality pest control service. When I’m not playing with my two adorable nieces, I’m on the tennis court chasing that little green ball around.

4 Inconvenient Places To Find Pests

While I’m sure you’ve checked the rain gutters, outdoor pipes, and the woodshed outback, there are several more uncommon places where unwanted guests can nest and thrive that can go unnoticed for longer than you think. Here are some of the main places that you’ll definitely want to check before turning in tonight!

In the Bed!

Not just under the bed, but actually in the bed. Bed bugs are a huge problem that most people think are just something from the days where people had wooden teeth, wool wigs, and only took baths on the full moon. However, if there are tiny bites on your legs in the morning, you’ve already got a huge problem. Lucky for you, bed bugs are some of the easiest to control. There are several sprays and preventative measures you can take, but if you have already been bitten, then you may need to turn to a professional service to take care of the critters.

Under the Furniture

Remember those Cheetos and Oreos you washed down with some Root Beer last months? Of course you don’t, but the mice and roaches sure are grateful for the crumbs. This may be the first place you will notice pests, unless you’re going to be the next featured guest on Extreme Hoarders, in which case…you may have bigger problems. When the roaches and mice become visible, that already means you have a pretty big problem, so remember to clean up those crumbs and spills before insects get to them.

In the Attic

While it’s certainly not as creepy as the basement, it still gets much less traffic. People go months and years without going up to their attic. Even if it’s as tiny as a crawl space, if you’re not checking it out every time you get your Christmas decorations down, you may be letting rodents and termites nest right above your head throughout the winter and into the summer.

While the termites might not be causing foundation damage to your home when they’re up there in the attic, they can weaken the floors, framing, and the rodents can eat away at the foundation, allowing for more unwanted guests to make their way in. Make it s resolution to check your attic once a year and allow pest control experts to rid your home of any freeloaders you currently have.

In the Bathroom

Maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve give the bathroom cabinets and under the sink a good scrub. It’s hard to reach down there right? Well, it’s really not that hard, but most of us would rather just ignore the dirt and mildew growing underneath the sink, just like we’d prefer to ignore the fact that there are little critters down there too, eating away at our old toothpaste tubes.

Under the sink is a great way for pests and rodents to go unnoticed since they can create holes in the dark behind where you keeping the toilet bowl cleaner and extra tissue boxes and make homes and tunnel systems from this point through the rest of your home. I wasn’t expecting my plumbers to tell story after story of the harms of not checking your cabinets, or neglecting inspections for your pipes until they burst from rodent damage! Many of the stories were about what they found while drain cleaning in Chicago! A word of advice, resolve to clean under there at least once every couple weeks and don’t just assign it as one of your lazy kid’s chores.

Remember these hot spots before putting a toe into bed tonight and keep you family and home safe from any species of creepy crawlers that can make it into your home this winter.

Lucy Markham is an avid blogger, and as a recent homeowner, considers herself a bit of an expert in all things home improvement, gardening, and home décor.