There’s a lot of talk about Bed bugs in the news lately, but most people don’t really know much about them. They’re like an insectile Babadook that lives in our nightmares and preys on our biggest fears about hygiene and sanitation.  It’s not uncommon to mistake the first signs of an infestation as a mosquito or spider bites, or maybe even flea bites.  Unfortunately, bed bugs are much harder to deal with than any of these pests, and by the time the truth is known they’re often firmly entrenched in your beds, walls, clothes, and even stuffed animals.

There’s a lot of misconceptions about bed bugs, and that only leads to it being more difficult to identify them for the average person.  We’re here to clear up a few of those misconceptions and make you a little better prepared in the event that you find yourself hosting this most unpleasant of house vermin. 

  1. Where there are humans, there are bed bugs. It’s not uncommon for people to associate bed bugs with seedy hotels and filthy hostels.  This isn’t an unfair assessment, given how many people move through these locations and provide great vehicles for bed bugs.  However a location doesn’t have to be filthy to attract these beasts, they can show up in buses, schools, office buildings, movie theaters, retail stores, just to name a few locations.  If humans live there, bed bugs can appear. 
  2. They’re not just urban parasites. They live all over the world and in every climate, including in woods and fields right alongside homes and apartment buildings. High concentrations of people tend to result in higher incident rates, but they really can live just about anywhere. 
  3. They’re incredibly durable and hardy, lasting for months without a meal, and therefore can hang out in bags, blankets, clothes, etc for a very long time.  Even worse? They can survive in almost freezing temperatures, and will thrive in temperatures of over 120 degrees.  DIY measures simply prove ineffective in managing these cases. 
  4. They live in more places than just beds. In spite of their name, bed bugs can live anywhere in your home that provides a comfortable dark place for them to bury their heads.  Box springs, skirting boards, electrical outlets, picture frames, even the screw holes of your bed can all host a bed bug. 
  5. Watch For Feeding Patterns – Bed Bugs eat only for 5 to 10 minutes before scurrying back to their hidey holes.  It’s not unusual to see a single bed bug feeding location grouped together on the skin, so if your ‘mosquito or flea’ bites are showing up in clusters or in rows?  It may be bedbugs. 
  6. Anesthesiology is a bed bugs profession – At least when it comes to feeding.  Their bites don’t wake people up because the bite location is numbed by the insect’s saliva.While it’s painless while they’re feeding, it turns into a raised and irritating bump afterward. Click here if you want to find out how to treat bed bug bites.  

If you’re experiencing signs like this, or think you may be having a bed bug infestation it’s time to call a pest control professional.  There’s no time to wait as the longer they have to entrench themselves, the harder it will be to remove them. For more information about bed bugs, visit this site.