Harry Houdini once said, “What the eyes see and the ears hear the spirit believes.”
But what about the things you can’t see? Does that also mean that they don’t exist? Houdini is considered a great magician. Bedbugs, on the other hand, are less mysterious. You may not see them – let alone hear them – but don’t be fooled by the fact that they are not there.
As masters of hide-and-seek, bedbugs develop in secret. Then, when you can see them, there is already a strong infestation.
But what makes them so good in this game?
- Her flattened physique.
- Her fine motor crawling abilities.
- Her ability to be viable in various places near her nesting site.
- Your ability to spread throughout your home.
How Do You Win The Hide-and-seek Game Against The Bedbugs?
Through inspections! If you know what to look out for with bedbugs, you’ve almost won the game and can beat them with their own weapons.
In an older blog entry we have already discussed how to interpret signs of bedbugs.
If you understand how bedbugs live, you have a great chance to track them down and eliminate them. In this article, we would therefore like to address some of the frequently asked questions we are often asked about bedbugs.
Where Do Bedbugs Live? And How do They Move?
Private and business customers often ask us how bedbugs can spread throughout their home; whether they jump, fly or how fast they can move from A to B. We also ask them how they can get around. We would like to answer these questions below.
Can Bedbugs Fly?
No. Bedbugs are crawling insects and move towards their source of food. They hate smooth or polished surfaces and love roughened levels or carpets like those found in rough quantities in bedrooms. Here they find a better hold and can thus cover much longer distances. Under optimal conditions, bedbugs can travel about 1 meter per minute.
Can Bedbugs Jump?
No. But they are very skilled climbers. Bedbugs can, for example, climb wooden or metal bedsteads. Their feet are equipped with small hooks, with which they find hold in small cracks and pores of structured surfaces.
In this way, you can quickly reach higher levels thanks to loose sheets, furniture or walls, settle in and search for food. Of course, this is preferred by the warm and sweet blood of a human host.
- Do not place your bed directly against the wall or adjacent furniture. Leave some distance.
- Avoid disorder under the bed. The more objects are lying around, the more possibilities bedbugs have to get into the higher bed.
- Avoid sheets protruding onto the floor during the day.
Can metal bed frames/boxes prevent me from being bitten by bedbugs?
Unfortunately not. Bedbugs can also climb up metal surfaces. They will not be able to nest there, but it is still an obstacle for them.
Worth mentioning: Wooden beds are much more affected by bedbugs because metal housings offer less space for nesting.
Can I Drive Out Bedbugs If I Turn On The Light?
Even if it sounds funny, this is indeed a justified and frequently asked question. So: do bedbugs only sting at night? The answer is: no! They move by day and night. When they are hungry and have had to live without food for longer periods, they look for a blood donating host without indulgence.
Bedbugs are active day and night!
But this is also a good thing, because an inspection can be carried out at any time and not only at certain times.
Where do Bedbugs Live?
Contrary to what the name suggests, bedbugs do not only live in beds, mattresses, sheets, hems, etc., but also in the environment. You can nest in many other places in your bedroom. Rentokil service technicians usually find them during their inspections in sockets, bed frames, carpets, skirting boards, bedside cabinets, side furniture or shelves. Oh yes … and they love unplastered or unused boreholes!
An overloaded, untidy bedroom helps bedbugs in their locomotion and reproduction!
What procedure does Rentokil recommend?
For a professional inspection the following applies: All areas of a room must always be checked for signs of bedbugs. In case of heavy infestation also neighbouring rooms. Do not allow bedbugs to hide. Clear out the affected rooms before inspection by a specialist so that signs of infestation can be found more easily.
Can Bedbugs Live In My Hair?
The reassuring answer first: no. Unlike fleas, bedbugs leave their host as soon as they have sucked blood and then prefer to retreat back to their hiding place.
How Do Bedbugs Spread From Room To Room?
Many walls are more permeable than they seem due to tiny cracks or electrical shafts. It may therefore make sense to examine not only the allegedly infested room, but also the neighbouring ones.
The type of testing shown above – also known in the pest industry as “cube testing” – is carried out in commercial companies and private households and forms the basis for professional, competent implementation of further pest control measures.