Oldest Remains Of Bed Bugs Found In Oregon

Posted: Apr 5 2017, 1:59am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Oldest Remains of Bed Bugs Found in Oregon
  • Bed Bugs have been Sucking Human Blood for 11000 Years

It looks like the genus of insects known as bed bugs have been sucking human blood since eons.

There is a grotto in the south of Oregon that is the place where the oldest of human settlements, in conjunction with those pesky varmints known as bed bugs, has been unearthed.

Insects from the genus Cimex were found here. These specimens were from 5100 to 11,000 years old. Although the remains of these insects proved to belong to bed bugs, these were not the bed bugs that we normally find today in hotel rooms.

The species of bed bugs found in the caves in southern Oregon belonged to three subtypes which suck the blood from bats. In erstwhile times, the oldest cimicids were 3500 years old.

They were unearthed in Egypt in 1999. Thus the samples found at the cave in southern Oregon are the oldest by a pretty lengthy time span.

This raises some valid points about how these cimicids interacted with humans in the distant past. The two bed bug species know to infect human settlements are different from the three species that were found in the caves.

The research concerning this will be published in the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Medical Entomology next week.

These two bed bug species became parasites for humans, thousands of years ago in Europe, Asia and Africa. However why exactly the bedbugs found in the caves in Oregon didn’t make the transition from bats to humans remains a mystery.

Either the cimicid populations were too tiny to establish themselves outside the cave or the numbers of the host were insufficient. There are many questions which remain unanswered.

Was the cave a temporary haunt for human habitation?

Did the human hunter-gatherers move hither and thither?

Were the bugs unable to survive outside the cave?

The archaeologists are still trying to figure out the solutions to these riddles.

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