You probably grew up with your parents telling you, "sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite." 

Bedbugs were a common occurrence in America back in the early 1900s.  They were then mostly eradicated with the advanced use of pesticides for a good share of the century.  As more and more immigrants moved to America from third-world countries in the late 1900s and the early 20th century, we have once again seen a bed bug explosion in America.

According to American Pest, bed bugs were a problem all the way back to the days of Ancient Rome.

How does someone get bed bugs?  Do they just show up in your home from the outside?  No, they like places where lots of people tend to gather.  Hotels, airports, movie theaters, or in high-traffic business areas.  They'll often hitch a ride in purses, luggage, or even your body.  YIKES!

Bedbugs are opportunistic insects that come out at night to feed on the blood of their hosts. Talk about terrifying.  They are extremely small and very difficult to spot.  They like to hide in mattresses or in cracks in windows, floors, or walls close to their next victim.  They can survive several months without a meal, which makes them even more difficult to eradicate.

Bedbugs breed like rabbits and a female can lay thousands of eggs over the course of her lifetime.

Store-bought insecticides rarely work, which means you'll need a professional.  This will turn into an expensive proposition for your family too.  Depending on the size of your home, you could be looking at a bill from several hundred dollars to over a thousand bucks.

Did you know there's an actual website that tracks individual households and businesses with a bedbug outbreak in North Dakota? 

It's called the Bedbug Registry and according to that, these are the 6 cities with a bedbug problem right now.  (No doubt just about every city of any size at all in the state has bedbugs, but these are the places that have been reported.)

6. Rugby, North Dakota

5.  Jamestown, North Dakota

4.  Minot, North Dakota

3.  West Fargo, North Dakota

2.  Grand Forks, North Dakota

1.  Fargo, North Dakota

No sign of Bismarck Mandan according to their reports but once again there's a good chance bedbugs are currently present in our area.

Again, sleep tight after reading this, and don't let the bedbugs bite.


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