1617–The Year Bed Bugs Settled North America

On a recent visit to the James Fort archaeology site in Jamestown, Virginia, we learned one source of bed bugs in North America. Danny Schmidt, one of the archaeologists at the site, explained that remains of bed bugs were found in a colonial timber-lined well at the James Fort site. The bed bugs ended up in the well between 1607 and 1617. You can thank Captain John Smith, John Rolfe, and the other early settlers for more than just establishing America’s first permanent English colony. You can thank them for bringing bed bugs to the new world too! (Which leads us to wonder whether Pocahontas suffered from bed bugs bites.)

 

About the Author:

Garrett Thrasher is Vice President and General Manager of Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal, Inc., Chairperson of the San Diego District of the Pest Control Operators of California (PCOC), a member of the bedbugFREE network, and a member of the National Pest Management Association. Author of The Bed Bug Battle Plan: Field Tested Solutions for Bed Bug Extermination and Prevention (ISBN: 1500838209), Garrett’s solid understanding of bed bugs, their behavior, current outbreaks, and experience on camera has made him a leading contact for news and media outlets. He is also a sought after speaker on the topic of managing online reviews for positive impact. He has spoken at PestWorld and PestTech, and was featured in PCT Magazine and the PCT Podcast. Thrasher Termite & Pest Control of So Cal is accredited by QualityPro–the mark of excellence in pest management.

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