5 Creepy Facts About Bedbugs

They have a smell...that comes from their feces
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2010 9:29 AM CDT
In this undated photo released July 24, 2001, by the University of Florida, a common bedbug is engorged with blood after feeding on a human.   (AP Photo/University of Florida, File)

(Newser) Bedbugs are back in a big way, with infestations closing at least two stores in New York City recently. AOL News lists five things you should know about these creepy crawlers:

  1. They smell: If you can smell their sweet, musky scent, chances are you’ve already got an infestation on your hands. Even grosser: The scent comes from their feces.

  1. They’re healthy: At least, their immune system is—they’re the only known insects with a specialized immune organ, so good luck getting rid of them.
  2. They can be useful: Since they feed on human blood, bedbugs at the scene of a crime can offer DNA evidence.
For the complete list, including more than you wanted to know about their kinky sex practices, click here. (Read more bedbugs stories.)

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