You probably have a good idea of how bed bugs got their name. They are notorious for their habit of feeding on humans while they sleep in their beds. However, they are found in nearly every place where people gather, including homes, hotels, schools, offices, stores, and even on public transportation vehicles.
Bed bugs are effective travelers. They can hide in suitcases or clothing, so long as they're near a food supply. Elusive and nocturnal, like house crickets, they can hide behind baseboards and in cracks, crevices, and folded areas of beds and other bedding. They are commonly found in mattresses and box springs. Bed bugs can be found in a variety of hiding places. However, they normally only come out at night for a blood meal. That being said, they have been known to be out and about during the day, especially in heavily-infested areas.
Bed bugs are also known to survive in temporary or alternative habitats, such as backpacks and under the seats in cars, buses, or trains.
Bed bugs prefer to feed on humans, even though they can feed on almost any warm-blooded animal. They do not transmit diseases, but their bites can become red, itchy welts.
They usually require 5-10 minutes to fill up on blood. Once finished feeding, they usually move back to their hiding place and hide for 5-10 days. During which time they digest their meal, mate, and even lay eggs.
There are a few simple steps you can take to prevent a bed bug infestation from occurring at your home or office.
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