Bed Bugs Are Very, Very Thirsty

Bed Bugs Are Very, Very Thirsty

According to historical texts, bed bugs have been plaguing humans for centuries. They're resilient little creatures, and can survive for a year or longer without eating in cold temperatures. When a host is readily available, however, they can eat and cycle through their stages of maturity within a month.


Key Facts In This Video

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    Dr. James Logan has a lab full of thousands of bed bugs, where he studies ways to combat infestations. (0:16)

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    Bed bug saliva contains chemicals that act as an anticoagulant and an anesthetic. (1:33)

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    Bed bugs can drink three times their own volume in blood with one bite. (3:36)

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