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3 Bed Bugs Enough To Close 4 Schools On Denver’s West Campus

The campus has been off limits since Friday while exterminators hunt for bed bugs. Three bed bugs could fit from head to tail on a dime and still have room left over, yet just three of them were enough to close the doors at four schools on the West Campus while exterminators work to make sure the campus is bed bug free. Bed bugs are like mosquitos they feed on human blood, but a man with a masters degree in insects says closing a school because of three is an overreaction. Bed bugs are nocturnal. Theyre pretty much active from about midnight and 5 a.m., so if you think of school, when the bed bugs want to come out and feed, theres nobody there, said Scott Armbrust, an urban entomologist. Yet according to a letter issued to students and parents at the West Campus, Three bed bugs were discovered in a classroom. When the bugs were discovered, students and faculty were immediately removed and the Denver Public Schools Pest Control Team conducted a treatment of the area. I think just by monitoring and doing some localized spot treatments to kill whatever bugs had gotten in, they should be able to solve it without closing the school, Armbrust said. Armbrust said heat and chemicals are typically used to kill bed bugs. A trap, which uses other chemicals to attract the bugs, helps to count how many are in a room. The (pest control) team assessed the situation and determined that we do not have an infestation, said Fridays letter to students and parents. Armbrust said its hard to figure out how the bed bugs invaded the high school. Thats pretty much impossible, theyre hitchhikers, he said. They can come in purses, suitcases, hats, furniture thats been sitting somewhere. The Pest Control Team has been working on the bed bug problem since Saturday. Students were told the campus wants to make sure the area is bug free and classes will resume on Wednesday. 0.000000 0.000000
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What Are Bed Bugs? How To Kill Bed Bugs

Bed bug nymph ingesting a blood meal from a human host

The most active time for a bed bug is about one hour before sunrise – the peak time for feeding. However, they will try to feed at any time of day or night if they are hungry enough, and if the opportunity is there. They prefer nighttime and hate sunlight. They will reach their host either by crawling straight towards them, or climbing a wall and then across the ceiling until they feel a heat wave – when they jump down onto their host. The bug is attracted to the host by both its warmth and the presence of C02 (carbon dioxide). It pierces the skin of its host with two hollow tubes. One tube injects saliva which contains anesthetics, so that the host feels nothing, and anticoagulants, so that the blood flows out freely. The other tube sucks the blood in. Feeding takes about five minutes, after which the bug returns to its hiding place. Bites are not noticeable by the host until at least a few minutes or some hours afterwards. Hosts, for example humans, will be aware of a bite after scratching it. Often bites may not be noticeable for several days. Bed bugs will feed every five to ten days. They can, however, last for several months without feeding. If there is no food around they can become dormant for over a year. A well fed bed bug has a lifespan of about six to nine months. How do bed bugs reproduce? Bed bugs reproduce by traumatic insemination, also known as hypodermic insemination. The males have hypodermic genitalia which pierce the females anywhere on their abomen and ejaculate sperm into the body cavity. The sperm diffuse through the insides and reach the ovaries, resulting in fertilization. The female bed bug lays approximately 5 eggs in one day and about 500 during her lifetime. Eggs are about 1 mm long and are visible to the naked eye. They have a milky-white tinge.
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