May 20th, 2009 by BugGuy
Yes, bed bugs do exist, they are about 1/5th of a inch long, reddish brown in color, wingless, and love to hide in yes, you guessed it, beds. Well more specifically, bed bugs prefer to hide inside furniture, in the seams of mattresses, behind picture frames and other similar spots.
Just like fleas, bed bugs can typically go without a meal for 140 days but in rare circumstances, an adult has gone without a meal for over 500 days!
More about the bed bug life cycle.
Bed bugs do suck blood (also similar to fleas) and leave large, itchy bumps after feeding but don’t typically carry diseases.
So how do you avoid bed bugs?
- Bed bugs can not fly or climb polished surfaces — think about coating the legs of the bed in petroleum jelly, stand the legs in glass jars or even sit the legs of the bed in soapy water
- Often times, travelers come across the bugs — do a thorough inspection before crawling into bed at night — don’t forget to check luggage stands for bed bugs!
- Avoid picking up furniture that has been left at the side of the road, this includes tables, drawers, etc…, not just beds and couches
- Prevent bugs from getting in the house by caulking windows and doors, repairing cracks, etc..
- Bed bugs don’t like heat (97°F to 99°F) or cold (below 48°F); so washing and drying bedding will kill bed bugs
Treating bed bugs is best left to a professional pest control company since the job requires very detailed work and a pesticide that is not sold over the counter.
Did you know that bed bugs were almost eradicated from the United States? Read more about the return of the bed bugs.