What are Bed bugs

 Bed bugs are insects that feed on the blood of sleeping humans and animals. Reddish brown in color, they are as small as 1 millimeter(approximately 1/25th of an inch) and can grow to 7 millimeters(approximately 1/4 of an inch) in length.

 

Bed Bug Picture

Adult Bed Bug
Courtesy of CDC

 

 Bed bugs can live without food, your blood, for months at a time. So it's best never to assume that just because an area has been vacant for a long time, it can't have a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs tend to live in cracks and crevasses close to their food source, you and various animals,

It's a common myth that dirty areas breed bed bugs. While areas with trash may have bed bugs, bed bugs do not feed on garbage. Bed bugs feed exclusively on blood.


 These sneaky pests are dormant for most of the day and come out at night to feed. Bed bugs have been known to crawl up to 100 feet in one night. Which is another reason if you suspect you have bed bugs you should make sure to check all areas in or near the infested area.

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  When bed bugs bite they inject the area of the bite with an anesthetic(numbs the area bitten) and a anticoagulant(makes the blood at the bite area thinner and stops it from clogging up). That coupled with the fact that most people are asleep when the bite occurs, is why we hardly ever feel the bite as it happens.

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