Bed bugs are elusive, nocturnal creatures and come out at night to feed
exclusively on blood. Bed bugs are very resilient and may live up to 12 months
without a blood meal. Bed bugs are not caused by poor sanitation.
Bed bugs are not limited to the bed or the bedroom but instead will disperse
throughout a dwelling. They will crawl considerable distances to obtain a blood
Bed bugs like to hide in small cracks and crevices close to where humans rest &
sleep. They can be found behind baseboards, upholstery, and in furniture
crevices. Other places to check are wall hangings such as picture frames, night
stands, stuffed furniture, floorboard cracks, behind loose wallpaper, light
switches, door and window frames, conduits, etc.
Not everyone reacts to bed bug bites and some have delayed reactions to the
bite. Bite symptoms often appear in rows of several or more bites. Bed bugs have
not been demonstrated to be effective transmitters of disease. Bed bug bite
symptoms typically appear as red, itchy welts but can vary from one individual
to the next. In heavy infestations, bed bugs may be found in wall voids, attics
and other enclosed places. Bed bugs can be introduced into a structure via used
furniture or in the belongings of someone who has been living in a bed bug
infested situation. Bed bugs like to travel and will hide in suitcases, boxes
and shoes to be near a food supply.
A bed bug can survive for 550 days without any food.
A hatchling bedbug can take about 2 months to grow into an adult.
Bed bugs are very productive creatures. Apparently, the females can lay five eggs a day, and if that’s not bad enough, it is estimated that they can lay about 500 eggs in their whole life.
Bed Bugs multiply very fast and are hitchhikers!