Bed bugs are biting back, infesting households across the UK. Here we uncover the facts about bed bugs and dispel some of the myths you may have been led to believe.
- An adult bed bug can survive for up to a year without a meal
If you want to prevent the spread of bed bugs make sure you keep your mattresses covered with a bed bug protector for at least a year and keep a close eye out for bugs in cracks and crevasses around you home. It’s always best to seek professional help and use mattress and bedding protectors.
- Bed bugs don’t spread diseases
Despite being blood feeders, like mosquitos, bed bugs don’t transmit harmful diseases.
- Bed bugs females produce up to 500 eggs within two months
Females can produce hundreds of eggs allowing an infestation to spread rapidly throughout the home.
- Bed bugs do not jump or fly
Bed bugs do not have wings and are not able to jump large distances like fleas can. Bed bugs move by crawling.
- Bed bugs are found in both clean and dirty homes
Bed bugs aren’t picky about where they reside. As long as there is a ready available source of food (humans or pets) they will hide in cracks.
- Bed bugs aren’t just found in beds
Contrary to what their name suggests, bed bugs are found in all areas of the home, including carpets, curtains and floor boards.
- Bed bugs don’t just bite at night
Bed bugs are attracted to you by the carbon dioxide you breathe and your body warmth. They are opportunistic feeders and will bite whenever they can – so you are at risk even if you work nights!
- You won’t feel a bed bug bite
When a bed bug bites you it excretes a small amount of anaesthetic and feeding can last between 4 and 12 minutes. Many people don’t have a reaction to the bite until days later when it swells into a small red, itchy spot. Read more signs you’ve got bed bugs here.
- You might have been bitten by a bed bug without knowing it
Not everyone has a skin reaction to bed bugs bites so you could have them without knowing. There are several signs that you might have bed bugs, including small brown dots on your bedding from their faeces or dried blood, or insect skins.
For more information and advice about bed bugs and other sleep issues, visit the SlumberSlumber sleep clinic.