Bed bugs are biting back, infesting households across the UK. In this article, we uncover the things you never knew about bed bugs.

9 Facts About Bed Bugs

1. 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 your home. Therefore, it’s always best to seek professional help and use mattress and bedding protectors.

2. They Don’t Spread Disease

Despite being blood feeders, like mosquitoes, bed bugs don’t transmit harmful diseases.

3. A Female Bed Bug Can Produce up to 500 Eggs Within Two Months

Females can produce hundreds of eggs, allowing an infestation to spread rapidly throughout the home.

4. A Bed Bug Cannot Jump or Fly

Bed bugs do not have wings and are not able to jump large distances as fleas can. Bed bugs move by crawling.

5. They Can Be Found in Both Clean and Dirty Homes

As long as there is a readily available source of food (humans or pets), bed bugs aren’t picky about where they reside. They will usually hide in cracks.

6. They 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 floorboards.

7. Don’t Just Bite At Night

Bed bugs are attracted to you by the carbon dioxide you breathe and your body warmth. As a result, they are opportunistic feeders, and will bite whenever they can – so you are at risk even if you work during the night.

8. 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 four and twelve 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.

9. You Might Have Been Bitten by a Bed Bug Without Knowing It

Not everyone has a skin reaction to bed bug 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.

 

9 things you never knew about bed bugs

Bed bugs are biting back, infesting households across the UK. In this article, we uncover the things you never knew about bed bugs. 9 Facts About Bed Bugs 1. An Adult Bed Bug Can Survive For Up to a Year Without a Meal If you want to prevent the spread of bed bugs,...

The difference between bed bugs and mites

Bed bugs and dust mites are organisms found in the home that can cause skin irritation and allergies, but there are many differences between bed bugs and mites. Bed bugs are often confused for dust mites, and the allergic reaction caused by dust mite faeces is...

Signs that you have bed bugs

Bed bugs have the ability to feed on you without waking you. This is because they inject a numbing agent into your body which prevents you from feeling their bite. Symptoms of bed bug bites vary from person to person. As a result, not everyone will react from a bed...

How do you kill bed bugs?

If you’ve spotted the tell-tale signs of bed bugs, here’s our advice on how to eliminate bed bugs. Getting rid of bed bugs usually requires chemical treatments. Treating your bed and bedroom with insecticides can be harmful, so it is important to use products that can...

How to check for bed bugs

It’s important to remember that bed bugs can be found anywhere, from the homes of the rich and famous to well-established hotels. Follow our step by step guide and discover how you can check for bed bugs! Prepare Before You Check Move all clothing out of the way. If...

Bed bug products that actually work

Bed bugs are not known to transfer dangerous diseases between humans. However, their presence in the home and the itchy, red spots often left from their bites can be hugely irritating and distressing. Therefore, if you have bed bugs, it’s best to contact a...

What are bed bug bites and how to prevent them?

What Are Bed Bugs? Cimex lectularius, the common bed bug, is a small blood-sucking insect that can live in cracks and crevices in and around your bed. Bed bugs are brown, flat, oval-shaped insects that crawl out at night to bite your exposed skin and feed on your...
Share This