Sep 26, 2013 5:55 PM by Nathan O'Neal
TUCSON - News 4 reporter Nathan O'Neal is on campus at the University of Arizona Thursday.
He's taking a look at an outbreak of bed bugs at the UA's main library. Officials there confirmed there was an outbreak a couple weeks back. O'Neal is gathering the latest details for later.
Here's a look at his notes from the field regarding the bed bug situation:
Bed bugs situation at the UA Main Library was dealt with last week. Students are just finding out now and are upset they were never notified.
Bed bugs are parasitic insects of the cimicid family that feed exclusively on blood. The term most commonly refers to members of the genus Cimex of which Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is the best known as it prefers to feed on human blood although other Cimex species are specialized to other animals, e.g., bat bugs.
The name of the "bed bug" is derived from the preferred habitat of Cimex lectularius: warm houses and especially nearby or inside of beds and bedding or other sleep areas. Bed bugs are mainly active at night, but are not exclusively nocturnal. They usually feed on their hosts without being noticed.
A number of adverse health effects may result from bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Diagnosis involves both finding bed bugs and the occurrence of compatible symptoms.
Bed bugs have been known as human parasites for thousands of years. At a point in the early 1940s, they were mostly eradicated in the developed world, but have increased in prevalence since 1995.
Because infestation of human habitats has been on the increase, bed bug bites and related conditions have been on the rise as well.