I have heard many times the story that birds nest and rats or mice nest may be a source of bed bugs and bat bugs.
I always wondered how do the bugs find the nests. It is told that they hitch a ride in lugage and furniture etc...
How do the bugs find the nests of birds and mice if they are not built to hold on? It is said that the bbs do not infest humans so I would believe that they do not infest birds and mice also and that it is rare that they are carried by pets such as dogs.
This leads me to believe that bed bugs do also travel by crawling from one place to another for long distances. I think that it was in Campbel's data that stated bed bugs crawled hundreds of feet from one side of a hospital to the other. I would imaging that bbs can crawl from all of the infested furniture that is on the street waiting to be carted off and will not stop until they find a host.
I personally view most of what Cambel has to say as questionable. But that aside rodents with bed bugs in mnay cases get them from people with bed bugs. As they are not host specific they are not necessarily big at spreading them to new areas. Bat bugs are more likely moved about from bats to nesting sites and from there to humans. Same with birds unless they are a confined pet in which case they get them the same way people do. One of the mysteries yet constants in entomology is that insects find a way. Forensics is probably the best example. How do flies and beetles find a corpse in a sealed apartment, they do. An adult bed bug who can survive quite a while without feeding is not going to be traveling about the street in significant numbers looking for a host. In most street scenarios they probably stay hunkered down waiting for someone to take them in or they end up going out with the trash.
Winston O. Buggy,
Thanks, that is good news. If the trash is out for a couple of days which I have seen alot of in NYC does that still apply?
I have seen box springs in alleys resting up against the wall of the building in some cases right under a first floor window.
I would think it is a percentage game meaning that most would stay on the item but a certain percentage may be hungry enough to adventure and explore. What do you think?
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