Bed bugs have been with us for a long time. Despite only returning to epidemic levels in the last few years, the history of bed bugs and their ancestors date back to as much as 11,000 years ago. It was believed that bed bugs used to feed on bats and early humans in caves, then followed those humans as they roamed further out into the world.
Bed bugs grow significantly though their life cycle and can start of quite small from the nymph stage before becoming adult bedbugs. After feeding on human blood, they can also swell to about twice normal bed bug size .
Bed bugs date back to Ancient Rome where they were creating issues throughout Asia and Europe. England began reporting bed bugs in the 1500's. During the 18th Century, bed bugs made their way onto American soil via ships arriving from Europe. By the 20th Century, most Americans had seen and been bitten by bed bugs.
News update, July 2019. When this story was published in 2015, available evidence suggested that not only did one of the most common human bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) come to us from bats, but that the entire bed bug lineage — all 100+ species of the clade Cimicidae — got its start feeding on bat blood.
Bed Bug Infestation. They hide in mattresses, bed frames, bedding, furniture, carpets, baseboards and bedroom clutter. They are most commonly found in the seams of mattresses or inside box springs. However, it is not necessary to locate a specimen to identify an infestation. Their excrement leaves brown to black stains on mattresses and linens,
Bed bugs aren't caused by filth or a holdover from some deadly plaque from years ago. They exist because of us—they're after our blood.