Presented in here are facts about one of the midnight terrors – bed bugs. Remember the time when your mom tucks you in bed and says “don’t let the bed bugs bite you”? Well, this is the reason why.
- They know where you are because they can smell the carbon dioxide you exhale. And you’ve got something they want – your blood.
- They sneak in through your house’s tiniest cracks, the most mini openings, and they even come in through your outlets.
- When they got you within their sucking distance, they use heat sensors on their antennae to find the juiciest place to drill for plasma.
- If nobody does anything, thousands of them can infest a single bedroom.
- Like a safecracker opening a bolt, the bed bug finds the perfect spot to hit the blood bank.
- They administer an anesthetic so that you won’t wake up, as well as an anticoagulant, so your vital life essence will gush freely from your veins.
- A bed bug can drink blood 3x times its weight in a single meal.
- 1 in 5 Americans either has had bed bugs or know someone or knows someone who has.
- Bed bugs are the fastest growing pest control emergency in the developed world.
- They don’t only live in beds. Bed bugs will live just anywhere they can hide.
- An adult bed bug is 5mm long and as narrow as a piece of paper, and they can crawl up to 30 meters (100 feet) in a night to find a meal.
- Adult bed bugs have oval-shaped bodies with no wings. Before feeding, they are as flat as paper and just about 1/4 inch long. After they have fed, they turn dark red and become bloated.
- Bed bugs have a one-year life span during which time a female can lay 200-500 eggs depending on food supply and the temperature. Eggs hatch in about ten days.
- They breed widely and rapidly. A female can lay 200-500 eggs in 6-10 months.
- Bed bugs have been known to travel up to 100 feet in distance to seek a blood meal, making it possible to move between units and into common areas of buildings.
- They have been known to live dormant within a unit for up to 14 months without feeding.
- Bed bugs hate heat. Both eggs and adults will die in just ten minutes when it is exposed to temperatures above 46 degrees Celsius.
- Bed bugs are capable of something called diapause. If bears hibernate, insects like bed bugs diapause. It’s a deep sleep, where the bed bug shuts off most of its metabolic processes and survives on its energy stores until it either runs out of energy or wakes up. Bed bugs enter diapause when it starts to get too hot, or if temperatures drop below freezing, or if they can’t find food.
- Bed bugs can survive over a year without a meal.
- Anyone can get bed bugs. However, it appears that low-income people may be more at risk because they tend to live in older, higher density, multi-residential dwellings with a higher unit turnover.
- Bed bugs can transfer from one person to another.
- But the only good thing is all scientific evidence points that bed bugs do not transmit any kind of communicable diseases such as Hepatitis B, HIV, or aids.
- Bed bugs today are ten thousand times less vulnerable to pyrethroids than they were fifty years ago.
Good thing bed bug-proof mattress covers are available now, isn’t it?
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