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bed bug

Drug slang
Regional slang for fellow drug addict.
 
Public health
A small haematophagous (blood-sucking) arthropod.
 
Clinical findings
Pruritus and, in sensitive individuals, urticaria, vesiculobullous lesions, arthalgia, asthmatiform symptoms.
 
Types
• Cosmopolitan—Cimex lectularius.
• Tropical—Cimex hemipterus.
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While we offer products that stop a variety of pests from cockroaches, ants and flies and as well as repelling rodents and reptiles, the response has especially enthusiastic for our various bed bug solutions.
If somehow bed bugs do make it to hiding areas within your home contact a real bed bug professional that is certified in controlling bed bugs.
Bed bugs have become a noted problem in Toronto; a study by Hwang and co-authors (2005) of 34 pest management companies found that 847 bed bug infestations were treated in 2003.
It's also embarrassing to some residents to admit there is a bed bug problem to begin with, and staying mum enables the pests to gain in forces.
Bed bugs, like many other insects, use a "freeze-intolerant" strategy against the cold, meaning they attempt to protect themselves from freeze injury by lowering the freezing point of their body fluids.
Like vampires, bed bugs feed on human blood, do their best work at night and are very hard to kill.
The decline in bed bug infestations started during World War II and was due, in part, to a control campaign that included the extensive use of the insecticide DDT (Ebeling 1978).
From hostels to five-star hotels, bed bug encounters have become much more common in all types of lodging facilities," said Missy Henriksen, vice president of public affairs for the NPMA.
Bed bug populations in China were dramatically reduced by the Government-led campaigns conducted from 1960 to the early 1980s (Wang & Wen 2011).
The system combines patented passive monitoring detection technology with highly developed, eco-friendly, processes for dealing with bed bug infestations.
A Swedish research group has since identified these compounds from a related species, the tropical bed bug, and shown that the compounds are biologically active, Feldlaufer says.
A workshop at the 2010 Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Conference* examined the re-emergence of bed bugs in Canada, discussed the state of bed bug science (summarized elsewhere)7 and compared the approaches to bed bug identification and control of municipal and public health authorities in four large Canadian cities.