Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by Sof. Sof Wonders, “Do bed bugs actually bite?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, Sof!
Mama Cow: Good night, sleep tight, don't let the bedbugs bite!
Mama Cow: Shh! Don't worry. It's just an old lullaby to help you go to sleep. There are no bugs.
Baby Cow: Why would you sing that to me? I'm going to have nightmares now!
Since it was close to our bedtime, we couldn't stick around to see whether Baby Cow was able to get to sleep. We hope he didn't have bad dreams, though.
Have you ever had an adult sing you a lullaby similar to the one Mama Cow sang? It's a popular bedtime rhyme that unfortunately has a bit too much truth to it these days. Why? There are real insects called bedbugs and they do bite!
Their name can be a bit misleading. You can definitely find them in beds under the covers and lurking in cracks and crevices in and around the mattress. However, you can also find them just about anywhere their tiny bodies will fit, including furniture, curtains, rugs, books, walls, electric outlets, and even electrical appliances, like radios, computers, and printers!
They can be found all over the world, although you didn't hear much about them in developed countries until the last couple of decades. Scientists believe bedbugs developed a resistance to pesticides that has helped them survive and multiply throughout North America and Europe.
Bedbugs are not known to spread diseases, and humans rarely feel their bites. Afterward, you may feel an itch where you've been bitten. You may also see small red bumps that look a bit like mosquito bites.
Once they take up residence, they can be hard to get rid of. People can pick them up when they travel and stay in hotels. Bedbugs can live for months without food, which makes them great stowaways in luggage and clothes.
If you see evidence of bedbugs or suspect an infestation, it's best to get professional help as soon as possible. They can be difficult to get rid of, so the help of a professional exterminator is often required.