Bedbugs are undoubtedly one of the most common pests in today’s society. Due to increasing global travel and used furniture, these biting insects can quickly spread to multiple locations around the world and invade both homes and businesses.
Bed Bug Facts
Although these insects can cause annoying itchy bites, they are also quite fascinating insects. Here are 10 incredibly interesting facts about bedbugs that you should know.
Bedbugs Love To Travel
Yeah, that’s right. Bedbugs are enthusiastic travellers, like to hitchhike – and are really good at it!
Suitcases, backpacks, handbags and even furniture such as wardrobes and sofas allow bedbugs to travel free of charge to a new and exciting place to live. A human host is always nearby.
They Like Their Three Big Meals A Day
You should know that bedbugs usually bite in one line.
This is due to their feeding / biting habits, which resemble a “breakfast, lunch and dinner” system. After biting in one place and enjoying their first meal of the day, they move on and begin to feed from another place.
Bedbugs Are Enthusiastic Anesthetists
You wonder why? Well, it all has to do with the way they bite.
The saliva of a bedbug contains a number of ingredients that act as narcotics, which means they can bite you without bothering you, which is why you don’t notice the bite. It also contains other substances that increase blood flow, allowing the insect to suck out your blood.
You Are Not Too Worried About Where You Live
A common misconception is that bedbugs inhabit a room when it’s dirty.
The truth is, bedbugs don’t care if a room is clean or dirty. All they really care about is whether there is a source of good food nearby!
Bedbugs Can Lay Many Eggs
When conditions are favorable, bedbugs can spread like wildfire.
Why is that so? Well, if a single female bedbug has access to a strong and steady blood supply, she can lay up to 500 eggs during her life cycle!
6th Master of Hide-and-seek
When they are not feeding, bedbugs hide and nest in small crevices and narrow openings. They can be found everywhere, from bed frames and headboards to wardrobes, sofas and skirting boards.
For this reason, it is very difficult to detect bedbugs with an untrained eye.
Bedbugs Do Not Like Heat
You might think with all the travel they’re doing, bedbugs would love the heat. However, this is not the case, they hate the heat so much that heat is used to get rid of these annoying insects, and this method can be effective at any stage of their life cycle.
They Are Really Choosy About Their Food
Bedbugs are really picky when it comes to their food. We all know that they like to live on a diet made of blood. But did you know that they only feed directly from the host? They can’t live from spilled blood at all.
Bedbugs Sometimes Go On A Diet
Well, not really a diet, but rather a fast.
Under favorable conditions bedbugs can live up to 5 months without food. In some cases they were able to survive up to 400 days due to the low temperatures.
They Defend Themselves Against Insecticides
In the past, the main method of bedbugs control was the use of insecticides. Recently, however, these annoying insects began to develop resistance to these control methods. Only heat can help here.