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Five Things You Probably Did Not Know About Bed Bugs

It is a very well known fact that bed bugs are attracted to beds, so that must be where they sleep right? Well, bed bugs aren’t that simple. They only love beds because people sleep in beds and human blood is required for bed bugs to survive and reproduce. The following are five things that you probably didn’t know about bed bugs:

  1. Bed bugs can live anywhere! They don’t care if their environment is filthy dirty or sparkling clean (although they do love to hide among clutter to avoid detection). These annoying little pests will go wherever there is a warm host that can supply the blood they need to survive. They make themselves comfortable in hotels, hospitals, dorm rooms, offices, schools, stores, and just about every public place possible.
  2. Bed bugs do not just live in beds! They prefer to feed at night, usually while we sleep, but they can be active during the day. They can be found in the seats of every mode of public transportation, movie theaters, libraries, and on the furniture of your very own home.
  3. Bed bugs are hardy! They can live months without a blood feast and can survive a long time hanging out on shoes, coats, suitcases, carpets, and just about anywhere. They can live through temperatures as low as freezing and as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit. Not to mention they are smart enough to evade detection by hiding behind wall hangings and switch plates, as well as in crevices in mattresses and furniture.  
  4. Bed bugs are predictable! Once they have found a host, they will usually feed for 5-10 minutes leaving a cluster pattern on the exposed skin. Oftentimes they will return to the same host time after time.
  5. Bed bugs use anesthesia! It doesn’t hurt when they feeding because their saliva acts as an anesthetic that promotes blood flow to make the blood feast quick and painless.

If you have a bed bug infestation you may be tempted to try some DIY treatments. Save yourself the trouble because they are almost useless on these evasive pests. The best you can do is be diligent about checking yourself and belongings after visiting public places to be sure you do not bring bed bugs home with you. You should also wash your clothing in hot water and dry at high heat to kill any straggling bed bug hitchhikers. The best way to treat a bed bug infestation is by calling a professional pest control company.

If you need bed bug services in the areas of Upstate South Carolina and Northern Georgia, you can trust the experienced professionals at Spencer Pest Services. Life is better without bed bugs, give us a call today to learn more.