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.)