Most people will say they think of hotels when talking about bed bugs. They imagine cheap hotel rooms with flowery colored blankets and sheets. There’s a reason for this, such blankets and sheets do not require a thorough washing as white linen sheets do.
However, the truth is that bed bugs burrow in wherever people move about and exist. Females may deposit up to five eggs a day, and 200-500 over a lifetime. With pletny of food to survive and regular room temperatures, they can live beyond 300 days. While it is possible that bed bugs can carry diseases, no diseases have been traced to them. Bed bugs feed on blood, and people or animals respond differently to bed bug bites.
Symptoms of having been bitten include red, swollen areas on the skin, bites that form a line or grouped together, or blisters at the bite site. Some people are unaffected, while others experience swelling and pain.
Bed Bug Facts
Fact #1: Bed bugs can thrive, virtually, anywhere. They invade home, apartments, college dorm rooms, hospitals, office buildings, and anywhere people move about or sleep.
Fact #2: Bed bugs are not only found in poor countries or metropolitan areas. They can be found everywhere across the US and Canada. However, you can expect to find urban infestations at three times the rate of rural areas.
Fact #3: Bed bugs are hearty pests. They are able to live up to several months without their meal. As such, they can hide in furniture, suitcases, bags, seats, and bide their time until a human or animal comes along.
Fact #4: Bed bugs are smarter than you think. they know how to survive and remaon hidden during the day. They hide wherever they can find a crevice, baseboard, and even hide in electrical switch plates and behind wall paper.
Fact #5: Bed bugs are methodical in nature. When they find a host, they can feed up to 10 minutes. Their bites usually look like clusters in a row. They are particularly fond of chest, arm and leg areas.
Treating bed bug bites
Wash with soap and water, to prevent risks of skin infection and itchiness. Corticosteroid medicine also helps. If infestation invades your home, call a professional pest control applicator.