Although bed bugs became virtually extinct several decades ago, most areas have experienced a resurgence of these pests. They are being found in rural areas, small and medium sized towns and large cities — pretty much everywhere that humans exist. Many people do not even know what they are because they’ve never seen them before and have only heard of them as something that plagued human populations in storybooks about historical times.
During the last significant bed bug infestation, households that were effected tended to be among those inhabited by the upper middle classes. Bed bugs do not survive well in cold conditions, and people with less available finances simply could not afford to keep their homes heated as well as those with higher incomes. That is probably why bed bugs never truly developed the same lousy reputation as other parasites such as lice. (more…)