After near eradication from the Western world, the prevalence of bedbugs )Cimex lectularius( has grown significantly in the past two decades.
The rapid dissemination of bedbugs, in addition to the public’s low awareness of their existence and the limited capabilities of pest control in regards to them, make it harder to cope with the problem.
This study examines the characteristics of bedbugs, their prevalence, their impact on human health, and ways of coping with the problem.
Another important goal is expanding medical staffs’ knowledge about this species and raising public awareness to the extent of this problem in the world, in Israel and in IDF units.
Beyond its review of the biology of bedbugs, this article discusses the existing methods of prevention and treatment of bedbugs, while emphasizing the importance of public awareness of the phenomenon.
As one of the offered solutions, pesticides applied through steam is described. This kind of pest control has been recommended lately by the Ministry of Environmental Protection as a complementary action to traditional pesticidse.
The main advantage of this method is that it offers a solution in every stage of bedbugs' life cycle through exposure to high temperatures, without any human exposure to toxicity.
In the presentation of the data, the study examines the extent of infestation of bedbugs in different IDF units in the years 2012-2015.
Keywords: bedbug, pest control, prevention, IDF.