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Bed bugs are blood-sucking insects in the family Cimicidae. Both nymphs and adults feed on humans mostly at night, a time when it is difficult to detect their stealthy habits.

Cimex lectularius is a cosmopolitan, or widely distributed, species, most frequently found in the northern temperate climates of North America, Europe, and Central Asia. It occurs more sporadically in southern temperate regions. In tropical regions, C. hemipterus is the dominant species, but this species does not occur in California. The most common species found in California is C. lectularius.
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"You Dirty Rat!"

This is a very famous line from a movie from around my parents' era, so forgive me for not being certain of the origin, but I believe it was James Cagney, in one of his many "tough guy" roles in the early movies.

Now this was a pretty disparaging insult that was thrown at whoever it was Mr. Cagney was sparring with - to equate someone with something as low and vile as a Rat. Was it deserved? Do rats really belong near the bottom when it comes to desirable things we want around us? Well, possibly, but it takes some understanding of "rats".
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