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Other than to drive you absolutely bananas, what is a bed bugs environmental purpose? To begin with, its a common misconception that there is a direct correlation between bed bugs and a filthy environment. There isnt. Bed bugs are just as happy to move in beneath Egyptian cotton sateen as they are cotton dipped in motor oil.

Its commonly understood that bed bugs have no reason to exist. There are no predators that consume them. They do not pollinate and they offer no distinguishing benefit to their surrounding environment. They simply do two thingseat and make more bed bugs.

So, a bed bugs environmental purpose is nothing, at least insofar as all of the knowledge we have of them and their interactions with life and their surroundings. While that may sound cruel, its not a question of eradication, simply one of non-purpose. However, if you look for anything hard enough, you often find something you didnt expect.

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When asked if he could have a magic wand, would he wave it and make all bed bugs disappear, Mickey Eubanks, a Texas A&M insect ecologist said, Id wave it twice, just to be sure. As far as spiders and other predatory arachnids or insects are concerned, going after bedbugs is a waste of time.

Thats not to say that bedbugs dont end up as meals for spiders but it is to say that the spiders could do without. Life on this planet is a series of cycles, most of which are easy enough to decipher by simply observing our natural environment. The problem with bed bugs is, there is no observable cycle in relation to their environment.

However, like most other species on earth, a bed bugs environmental purpose is a cycle of self-interested survivability.

Bed bugs want what almost every living creature on earth wantsfood, shelter, and a source of water. If you can provide those things, bed bugs will move right on in and happily unpack their suitcases. So, from the point of view of having a purpose, a bed bugs purpose is to survive.

Its the things that bed bugs do to survive that drive us crazy, such as infesting beds, the cracks, and crevices in bed frames, couch cushions, and basically any upholstery that isnt leather or some variation of it.

Looking at a bed bugs environmental purpose from the PoV of the bed bug, it loves to reproduce. In fact, bed bugs reproduce at an insane rate if they arent discovered and summarily destroyed. If a female bed bug gets a bite to eat at her favorite fast food restaurant (otherwise known as a part of your body), she can begin the reproductive process.

The female bed bug is capable of producing between 1 and 7 eggs per day for ten days, so long as she has access to blood a single time. Thats between 10 and 70 eggs in a little over a week. Since the female bed bug lives for up to a year, she can lay a ton of eggs. Also, thats just one female.

Males also get pretty boisterous about mating after they have a blood meal. Unfortunately, the type of mating bed bugs engage in looks like the scene of a homicide. The male bed bug quite literally gashes the female open to insert the sperm. The female will then use this sperm to continually fertilize eggs as she creates them.

This means the female can go without a male for a long time, simply relying on the inseminated sperm to continually fertilize new batches of eggs as she produces them.

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Theres not much to add to this other than the fact that bed bugs are not a part of the all-important act of pollination. Without pollination, its likely that the planet would not exist as it does today. In fact, many scientists believe that life on Earth would come to an end, with the food chain broken.

Since bed bugs dont contribute to crop pollination, of which 75% of the entire planets supply requires pollination, theyre irrelevant to the potential apocalypse.

Here is where most of the argument over the necessity of bed bugs takes place. As for a bed bugs environmental purpose, some believe that they are an important part of the food chain, where spiders are concerned. Others believe that spiders wouldnt suffer a bit if all the bed bugs in the world vanished overnight.

It would be like taking corn dogs out of the freezer, with all of your other frozen foods remaining. The corn dogs arent exactly good for you anyway. The argument against a bed bugs part in the food chain is a simple onethey only propagate in a relatively obscure and secluded environment (aka your bed).

Bed bugs play no role in the control of other species because they dont go after any other species. They only prefer to feast on human beings (at least for the most part). Unless they happen to transfer some wild disease, they may aggravate humans but certainly dont kill them.

The running theory is that bed bugs are descendants of bat bugs, the latter of which decided (way back when human beings were finger painting in caves) that human beings were far more tasty than bats. At some point, these bed bug ancestors made the decision to stick with humans exclusively and the rest is history.

One thing that bed bugs havent done over the passage of thousands and thousands of years is change much. Why bother? Humans are yummy and readily available. Unfortunately, that also means that bed bugs havent become an important and inseparable part of the food chain either.

All they do is eat, breed, and come back for seconds.

One argument that can be made in favor of the existence of a bed bugs environmental purpose is the spreading of disease. That sounds weird, however, were applying purpose to bed bugs and (outside of possible meals for spiders) there simply isnt much to go on.

Once upon a time, it was assumed that bed bugs didnt really pass on any diseases, at least not anything truly debilitating. A study conducted by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene changed all of that.

The study found that Trypanosoma cruzi, a type of parasite capable of spreading Chagas disease, can spread to human beings via bed bug infestations and bites. Basically, the bed bug delivers the vehicle and the vehicle delivers the payload. Chagas disease is deadly, killing upwards of 50k people each year.

Though it sounds ghastly, you might say that a bed bugs environmental purpose is assistance in population control.

Theres very little in the way of scientific evidence that the existence of bed bugs serves a necessary purpose. If they all vanished overnight, we and the animals we share this planet with would go on living just as we always have. In fact, many of us would go on living in a more comfortable state, especially at bedtime.

While that kind of determination wont blow anyones socks off, its nice to know that bed bugs arent exactly a crucial necessity. Sure, spiders eat them. But, thats the equivalent of having a lone snack in the refrigerator that no one else likes. Its all thats left so you might as well dig in.

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Get an Amazon Package From Texas? Better Check for Bed Bugs

Ever considered just how many Amazon packages have been delivered to your house over the past year?

If your place is anything like mine, the number of those deliveries is probably staggering. And when you find that delivery on your porch, you, unassumingly, haul it inside and immediately rip it open to admire its contents, never once considering that opening that package could actually be detrimental to your household.

Well, I'm sorry to be the one to rob you of your naivety, but those days have abruptly ended.

KSLAhas reported that Amazon has had to close their facility in Amarillo, Texas due to an infestation of bed bugs.

It's a temporary closure, though unknown for how long, and the closure effective immediately.

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According to Amazon spokesperson Sam Stephenson, Weve temporarily closed our site in Amarillo after identifying the presence of bed bugs in the building. Stephenson continued,All employees are being paid while the site is closed. Other sites in the area are handling customer orders.

Amazon explained that products from this particular installation will not be sent out to customers during the closure, and that the facility's current inventory will be recycled or returned to suppliers after undergoing an inspection.

However, the thought has occurred to me, "What about the products that were shipped prior to the discovery of the bed bugs in the facility?" They had to have come from somewhere, and in all likelihood it was in the product they received from one of their suppliers. So, how many packages shipped out that could possibly be contaminated?

Might be worth your while to intensely examine those packages outside, before bringing them indoors. Better to be safe than sorry.

However, this could all be God's sense of humor for porch pirates, and if so, well played God, well played.

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Amazon warehouse in Amarillo closes temporarily due to bed bugs

Bed bugs crawl around in a container in this February 2, 2011 photo.

An Amazon warehouse in Amarillo that was launched earlier this year is temporarily closed after bed bugs were found inside the facility.

An Amazon spokesman confirmed that the 1 million-square-foot center opened earlier this year has closed because of an infestation. The warehouse handles returns of bulky or larger items such as furniture, outdoor equipment and rugs and does not send products to customers.

Weve temporarily closed our site in Amarillo, TX after identifying the presence of bed bugs in the building. All employees are being paid while the site is closed and customer orders are being handled by other sites in the area, Amazon spokesperson Sam Stephenson said in an email.

When the center was announced, Amazon said it would create more than 500 new jobs in the area. Amazon has multiple fulfillment center warehouses in North Texas, including in Grapevine and Forney.

The Panhandle facility handles returns, which are sent to the vendor, recycled or donated. The center will not handle customer orders at this time, and inventory will be recycled or returned to suppliers after inspection.

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Texas Amazon Site Closed Due to Nasty Bed Bug Infestation

Eeek. bed bugs? Makes me itchy just thinking about it.

The Amazon facility in Amarillo, Texas is currently closed while they battle a nasty bed bug problem. They identified the presence of the icky bugs and were forced to shut down in order to get rid of the pests. Luckily, all of the employees are currently on paid leave until the matter is dealt with.

Have you ever tried to get rid of bed bugs? It's not something I've ever had to do, but I know a few friends who have. They say it's pretty rough. Not only do bed bugs feed on blood, but they also cause all kinds of nasty skin rashes and allergies, and can even have psychological effects on a person.

That's a bad bug.

Bed bugs can be pretty hard to get rid of because they can live up to a year without feeding at all. I wish I could go that long without eating. It would save me a ton of money on groceries.

According toWebMD, the best way to get rid ofbed bugsis to wash all of your linens in hot water and dry them on the hottest setting. Then, scrub your mattress seams with a stiff brush, vacuum the infested area, repair all of the nooks and crannies they could be hiding at in your home. You also want to get rid of all of your clutter and encase your mattress in a zipped cover for one year to ensure they're all dead.

That sounds like quite a bit of work. A warehouse storing thousands upon thousands of products sounds like a HUGE job when it comes to getting rid of bed bugs. Here's to hoping they're successful and that none of those critters made itto Lubbock's Amazon facility.

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Texas Amazon Facility Temporarily Closed Due to Bed Bug Infestation – Newstalk1290

Update 10:09 a.m. 9/30/22: The facility reopened this morning after it was determined that bad bugs weren't actually present at the facility. Amazon's statement:

Multiple pest control experts and a certified entomologist have not found any evidence of bed bugs anywhere in our facility. Out of an abundance of caution, the site will remain closed today for disinfecting, and we will resume normal operations on Friday, Sept 30.

Update 3:42 p.m. 9/28/2022: Sam Stephenson with Amazon Public Relations reached out to clarify that this is a returns center. No products are being shipped to customers from the facility.

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12:10 p.m. 9/28/2022:KWTX is reporting that Amazon had to temporarily close its Amarillo facility due to bed bugs. Thats right bed bugs. So, the next time you get a package from Amazon, you might want to inspect it closely. Otherwise, you may end up with an infestation in your home.

Not that theyre shipping anything from the facility at the moment, but theres no telling how long they had the issue before they noticed it. Not that bed bugs are hard to identify. According to Live Science, theyre about the size of an apple seed but are known for hiding their small, flat bodies in tiny cracks and crevices. So, hopefully, they caught the infestation early.

Amazon officials say that all of the facilitys current inventory is being inspected. After the inspection is done, the plan is to recycle the items or return them to suppliers.

In the meantime, all employees are being paid and sites in the area are processing customer orders.

WebMD says while cleaning the area where the bugs live is helpful, the bestway to get rid of them all together is by using insecticides. However, it can be harmful to treat your bed or bedroom with chemicals, so use caution. Your best bet would be to reach out to a professional exterminator to rid your home of bed bugs.

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