Bed Bugs: 6 Things You Might Not Know

You may take preventative measures to keep pests such as roaches, ants, and rodents out of your home. Unfortunately, those aren’t the only pests that can invade your home. You also need to worry about the little pests you can’t see, such as bedbugs.

If you haven’t had your home inspected for bedbug activity, now’s the time to do that, even if you haven’t seen any. Bedbugs aren’t always easy to spot. However, they can cause a lot of problems once they infest your home. Here are six things you might not know about bedbugs.

1. Bed Bugs Don’t Just Live in Beds

If you’ve checked your mattresses, and didn’t notice signs of bedbug activity, don’t think you’re off the hook. Their name may sound like they only live in beds, but that’s not the case. Bedbugs can be found throughout your home, including your carpeting, your dressers, and even in your couches. They can even be found in your kids’ stuffed animals.

2. They Can Survive Just About Anything

One of the problems with bedbugs is that they can be extremely difficult to get rid of once they’re in your home. That’s because they can survive just about anything. Many people think that wrapping their mattresses in plastic will take care of the problem. Unfortunately, if the mattress is already infested with bedbugs, they’ll just wait until the plastic is removed. Bedbugs can go several months without eating. They can also survive extreme temperatures.

3. They’re Attracted to Carbon Dioxide

If you have bedbugs but don’t see them during the day, they’ve probably taken cover in the creases of your mattresses or blankets. They could also be on your headboard or bed frame. However, once you go to sleep for the night, they’ll come out in full force.

That’s because bedbugs are attracted to carbon dioxide, which is what you emit when you breathe. Unfortunately, there’s no way for you to prevent the flow of carbon dioxide from your mouth or nose, which means you’re an automatic target as soon as you fall asleep at night.

4. They Leave Visible Bites

If you’ve noticed small red bite marks on your body when you awaken in the morning, chances are good that you have bedbugs. You might not be able to see the bugs, but you’ll notice the bite marks on your body. Most bedbug bites tend to occur on the exposed areas of the body, such as your neck, arms or legs. You may also notice a small amount of dried blood on the bite marks.

5. They Give You a Painkiller First

If you think that you can’t have bedbugs since you haven’t felt any bites at night, think again. You usually don’t feel bedbug bites. That’s because bedbugs inject you with a painkiller right before they bite you. The painkiller ensures that you don’t feel the bite. It also acts as an anticoagulant, which allows bedbugs to get more of your blood each time they feed.

6. Bed Bugs Can Travel With You

If you’ve wondered how bedbugs can find their way into your home, you should know that they can travel with you. Bedbugs will hitch a ride on your clothing, in your bags, and even in your luggage. Unfortunately, that means you can pick up bedbugs anywhere you go.

If you haven’t had your home inspected for bedbug activity, have that done right away. Contact us at Craig & Sons Termite & Pest Control, Inc. We’ll inspect your home and eliminate the problem, which will give you peace of mind when you go to sleep at night.