When you have an infestation of bedbugs in your home, it is best to find it early, before the infestation becomes even more widespread. Sometimes, even after keeping everything clean, the bedbugs somehow find a way inside, and this is where most people lose hope.
Imagine how much better life could be if bedbugs didn’t exist. Sadly, bedbugs are tougher than you think! If you really want to tackle the bedbug problem in your home, you first need to know how they behave!
Take a look at these quick facts about bedbugs:
Fact #1: Bed bugs don’t just live on beds.
Despite their name, bedbugs are not just found on beds in dirty hotels. They can be found on furniture in your clean home, like the sofas, carpets, cushions, and even bags. You might also find them in movie theatres, train seats, and hospitals.
The truth is, bedbugs can thrive anywhere they can find a food source – us humans! Anywhere that humans can sit or lie for an extended period, bedbugs can make a home out of it. That’s why it pays to be careful no matter where you go, and check your belongings and clothes when you arrive home.
Fact #2: Bed bugs are intelligent.
Are you smarter than a bedbug? You might think that insects are just insects, but bedbugs are actually pretty clever. They are amazing when it comes to hiding and staying out of sight. If you suspect you have a bedbug problem, but can’t seem to find any sign of them, chances are, they are hiding in the seams of your mattress, in cracks in your walls or other nooks and crannies.
Bedbugs often only emerge at night to feed. They are drawn to the smell of carbon dioxide, which leads them to their next victim and dinner meal.
Fact #3: Bed bugs are tough.
These pests can survive for months on end without feeding. This means that they can live for a long time in furniture, clothes, or carpets until they are near a human host. Moreover, bed bugs can withstand temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius, to almost freezing temperatures. Therefore bed bugs infestations are not easily treated with DIY measures. Professional pest control would be the most preferred choice to control these bed bugs.
Fact #4: Bedbug bites don’t hurt.
Many times, we only find bedbug bites when we start to itch, or when we wake up in the morning and see the red bumps on our skin. Why don’t we feel anything when the bedbugs are biting? That’s because their saliva contains anaesthetic components that numb our skin when they bite. As a result, bedbug bites are painless, and we don’t feel it until the itchiness sets in. This adds to the difficulty of finding bedbugs and getting rid of them.
As they say, know thy enemy. Knowing these facts about how bedbugs behave can help you better recognise bedbug problems and how to deal with them. That being said, bedbugs are still very sneaky creatures that are difficult to find and get rid of.