Bed Bugs Essay

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On my work I will introduce the insects called bedbugs, I talk about their historical significance on humans, their natural life, prevalence, mobility and mortality rate. How to prevent them according to the primary, secondary and tertiary intervention will be shown also. Historical Significance Bed bugs have been biting us since the beginning of recorded time (Usinger 1966). Experts believe that the bugs first parasitized bats and then moved to humans inhabiting the same caves in Mediterranean region (Sailer 1952, Usinger and Povolny 1966). Bed bugs have been unearthed from archeological sites dating back more than 3,500 years, when they were considered both pest and potion (Panagiotakopulu and Buckland 1999). The ancients also believed bed bugs could cure many diseases when ingested with wine, beans or eggs (Busvines 1976). Bed bugs continued to be used for medicinal purposes well into the 20th century in Europe and North America. Included in the fifth (1896) edition of the American Homeopathic Pharmacopeia are directions for making a tincture of Cimex to be used as e remedy for…show more content…
Individuals can wear clothing that covers a majority of the body leaving a minimal amount of skin exposed. Because nymphs cannot mature without feeding and bedbugs are unable to pierce clothing-covering most of the body with clothing helps to reduce the bedbugs population. For secondary Intervention wooden bedpost can be switched with metal post to minimize the number of cervices that bedbugs can inhabit. In addiction the bedpost can be lubricated with petroleum jelly to prevent the bedbug from climbing to the mattress. Frequent cleaning with a vacuum that uses a high –efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter can help eradicate nymphs and adult. The mattress, cervices and headboard also should be inspected for fecal and blood

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