Bed bugs are something that no one wants to have. The bites are itchy, and they can just make your life miserable.
But beyond that, there is a lot of misinformation, myth, and speculation about what bed bugs do, and are capable of. Here are a few of the questions about bed bugs that we hear all the time.
Do Bed Bugs Prefer a Certain Blood Type?
Do bed bugs bite more people based on their blood type?
Bed bugs don’t have an inherent preference for any one blood type, but studies have shown that once they develop a taste for one type, they tend to stick with it. That means that bed bugs that are first exposed to Type A are more likely to prefer Type A in the future, and the same is true for other types.
But other than that, the science isn’t definitive. Bed bug People who have Type O usually throw off more heat. But this also depends on certain situations. There are things that can raise your body temp, like:
- Strong Emotions/Stress
So, while you might say that people who have certain kinds of blood might be bit more, it also can be affected by other things as well.
Can Bed Bugs be Seen by the Naked Eye?
Some people believe that bed bugs can’t be seen without a microscope or a magnifying glass. This isn’t true. They are large enough that you can see them without any special tools. They’re around the size of an apple’s seed and red brown in color, brighter red if they’d just fed.
Do Bed Bugs Only Bite at Night?
Even though nighttime is the best time for a bed bug to bite you, they also feed during other opportunistic times. For instance, if you work during the night and sleep in the daytime, they will adapt to that schedule. They prefer to eat while we’re sleeping. You also won’t keep from getting bitten by sleeping with a light on.
Can Bed Bugs Jump or Fly?
The good news is that they don’t have any wings. They also have legs that make it impossible to jump. They can only crawl 1 meter/minute. Although they’re pretty fast, they aren’t going to be running towards you anytime you come into a room. They’re just going to wait until you’ve closed your eyes to attack.
Can Bed Bugs go a Year Between Meals?
Even though they’re not able to go for a whole year, they’re able to go a while without having to eat. When they live in a typical home with typical moisture and temperature conditions, an adult bed bug is able to go 2 to 3 months before they need a meal. If it’s colder, they might be able to survive longer. A younger bed bug like all kids has to eat more often.
Are Bed Bugs Only Found on Beds?
Even though they are called bed bugs, that’s not the only place they can be found. They will be found wherever there’s blood and heat. This means they can be found on wheelchairs, regular chairs and couches. They are also often found in rugs and carpets, and even along cupboard and drawer crevices.
Do Bed Bugs Prefer Gross Conditions?
Even though bedbugs often are thought to live in dirty environments, they don’t really care where they live as long as there’s fresh blood and heat. They can be found in the most expensive homes as easily as the local homeless shelters. They’re usually found in areas with lots of people because they also have a lot of blood. Even though how clean a property is doesn’t impact the likelihood of there being bedbugs, it’s harder to find and control a population with a lot of clutter.
Do Bed Bugs Hitch Rides on People?
Chances are that you’ve heard they do a lot of traveling. Even though this is true, you don’t have to worry about them traveling on you. Unlike lice or ticks, they don’t hitch free rides on a host, particular when the host is moving around. However, they do travel on things like luggage or a backpack.
Do Bed Bugs Carry Disease?
Let’s face it. Bed bug bites aren’t comfortable. They are itchy, they look horrible and they tell you that you had an encounter with a creepy crawly. But one thing that you can feel confident in is that they don’t carry disease. So you don’t have to worry about getting anything from a bed bug.
These are 8 myths that you may have heard about bed bugs. Yes, they aren’t a pleasant thing to have in your house and they can make you uncomfortable. But it’s important to know the facts and understand bed bugs before you panic. Now that you know what some of the myths are, let’s look at the things that bed bugs like and are attracted to.
- Carbon Dioxide – This makes sense, since when we breathe out, we are exhaling carbon dioxide. This is one of the things that attracts the bed bugs to us.
- Warmth – It’s not grime and dirt that attracts them. It’s the warmth of the body. Because we generate warmth and heat, bedtime’s the best time for a bed bug to bite. This is also the reason that a lot of infestations take place in a bed.
- Dark Colors – They love dark colors. They are attracted to some colors in particular, mostly black and reds. The reason is because they prefer blood (red) and darkness (black).
- Dirty Laundry – One other place that they love to hide in is your dirty wash. Have a pile in the closet, the laundry basket or in the laundry room? You may be harboring or starting an infestation. The reason is because they love its smell.
We hope that you have some better understanding about bed bugs and what attracts them. Knowledge is one of the best things that you can use against bed bugs and the problems that can come with them. If you have any questions or think you have a bed bug problem, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be glad to help you in any way we can. We are always glad to help our customers and educate them about the pests that may be in their home. Call us today and let us know how we can help.