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.