10/21/2018 | 8 Interesting Facts About Bed Bugs You Didn't Already Know
We all know about bed bugs. They’re small, brown, oval-shaped insects that like snuggling up in linens and sucking any blood they can find. They’re a huge problem for many businesses from retail to hospitality and beyond. They don’t fly, they love fabric, females lay hundreds of eggs, and they’re incredibly annoying. That about covers the basics, right?
For better or worse, however, there’s more to bed bugs than the basics. Bed bugs are weird, even for bugs. So weird, in fact, that they’re almost as interesting as they are gross. Well. That might be an exaggeration. Still, here are eight of our favorite lesser-known, weird bed bug facts. The more you know about your least favorite pest, the better you can avoid them!
Bed bug eggs are almost too small to see
Bed bug eggs are only 1 millimeter long. That’s about the size of two grains of salt. A single female bed bug lays eggs every single day and lay up to 500 in a single lifetime. That means a single pregnant bug can wreak a lot of havoc, and all over a tiny surface area.
Bed bugs can ingest seven times their own body weight in blood.
That’s equivalent to an average adult male holding 120 gallons of liquid in his stomach at once. Yowza.
Regina Gries has let 20,000 bed bugs bite her - for science.
The researcher has been working on developing pheromone traps for catching the pesky pests for many years. She uses herself as a test subject, allowing bed bugs to feed on her at regular intervals. Now that’s devotion.
Bed bugs can live in just about any environment.
Bed bugs incredibly hardy creatures. Pest control pros routinely find them in apartments hospitals, dorm rooms, schools, theaters--literally anywhere. They can withstand temperatures from nearly freezing up to 120 degrees fahrenheit.
Bed bugs have extremely sharp instincts
Bed bugs aren’t capable of creative problem solving, but they do rely on very strong instincts. These instincts allow them to resist the allure of food during the daytime when their prey could spot them.
Bed bugs only come out of hiding when the smell of exhaled carbon dioxide gets too strong to resist. That usually happens in the evening, when you’re sleeping.
Bed bugs resist pesticide
Historically, pest controllers removed bed bugs from homes or businesses by using traditional fumigation or pesticides. In recent years, however, bed bugs developed a natural resistance to these traditional methods. Now, pest controllers need to use different methods to remove them.
Bed bugs are surprisingly picky about what they eat
Bed bugs will only consume blood from a live host. They’re not tempted by spilled or cold blood. Only the best for these pesky pests, apparently.
Bed bug saliva contains a mild anesthetic
Have you ever wondered why people don’t wake up at night after bed bugs bite them? Bed bug saliva actually works to anesthetize the places the bug bites. The prey doesn’t feel the pain of the bite, so they keep sleeping while the bed bug feeds.
As you can see, we know quite a bit about bed bugs. More than we’d like to know, if we’re being honest. Still, the one upside to all this bed bug knowledge is it makes us good at stopping them. If you have a bed bug problem, the experts at Assured Environments are standing by to help. Contact us today.