10 Facts you May Not Know About Bed Bugs Part 1
When it comes to bed bugs, there is a lot of common knowledge out there that most people already know. However, there is also a lot of information about these horrible pests that most people probably have not heard before. Here are some facts about bed bugs that you probably haven’t come across before!
1) You do not have to trash items that have been exposed to bedbugs- Many people’s first reaction to a bed bug infestation is to trash their bedding, mattress, clothes, and anything exposed to bedbugs. However, this doesn’t need to be done. The best way to get rid of bed bugs is to turn the heat up on them, so get your home treated with thermal pest control methods, and make sure to put your clothes through a hot cycle in the dryer.
2) There are bed bug sniffing dogs- Here is an interesting fact. There are dogs that are specifically trained to seek out bed bugs, and alert their handler of an infestation. Bed bugs are difficult to see at times, but they can’t get away from the power of a canine’s nose!
3) Bed bugs are clever- One of the reasons bed bug infestations are so hard to get rid of, is because they are smart when it comes to survival. These pests know not to expose themselves during the day, and are excellent at hiding in various places when we are awake. They are clever enough to know when we are sleeping, and are drawn to us by the carbon dioxide we emit while we are snoozing.
4) Their bites have a natural painkiller in them- One of the reasons it is hard to detect bedbugs is because their bites rarely wake people up. When a human is bitten by a bed bug, their bite has a natural anesthetic in the saliva that dulls any pain a bite would cause. Additionally, their saliva contains a chemical that draws more blood to the site, so they can feed more easily.
5) Bed bugs aren’t completely nocturnal- Many people assume bed bugs are strictly nocturnal because they are bitten at night. However, most cases of bites are at night because that is when their prey is sleeping. While the optimal feeding time for bed bugs is between 1:30 AM and 5:30 AM, they will seek out sleeping food sources during the day if the opportunity presents itself.
These are the first 5 facts about bed bugs that most people have probably not heard before. Make sure to keep an eye out for part 2 of this series where we give the final 5 facts. If you would like to learn more about how to get rid of these annoying pests, contact us today!