In contrast to lice, ticks, and other pests, bed bugs prefer to feed on exposed skin where they have easy access. This includes the neck, face, arms, legs, and other hairless areas of the body. Bed bugs cannot inhabit the human body. They may prefer to live nearby rather than with their host.
Bed bugs prefer individuals who are inactive (e.g., sleeping) long enough for a blood meal. According to research, vampires can hide or remain 5 to 20 feet away to feed on blood. After feeding on blood, bed bugs typically retreat to their hiding places to digest it.
Bed bugs lack the body structure and legs necessary for climbing, and they prefer to live close to their host rather than on their skin or other surfaces. They prefer to feed on exposed skin rather than on other insects.
After feeding, a bed bug swells into a red balloon that is nearly three times its normal size. Therefore, bed bugs cannot survive on a human body or live discretely at that size. Insects can sneak into your home via luggage, clothing, used beds and sofas, and other items.
Their elongated bodies enable them to fit into spaces no wider than a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees; instead, they live in groups in hiding places. Their first hiding places are typically mattresses, box spring beds, bed frames, and headboards, where they are vulnerable to nighttime attacks. When not feeding, bed bugs hide in various locations.
They are positioned near the piping, seams, and labels of the mattress and box spring, as well as the cracks on the bed frame and headboard. Bed bugs are experts at concealment. Their slender, flat bodies allow them to fit into the tiniest spaces and remain there for extended periods of time, even when they are not feeding. Bed bugs are typically transported from one location to another during travel.
Bed bugs inhabit the seams and folds of luggage, travel bags, folded clothing, bedding, and furniture, as well as any other hiding place they can find. Most individuals are unaware that they transport bed bugs from one location to another and infect new areas when they travel. Although bed bugs have traditionally been considered a problem in developing nations, they have recently spread rapidly in parts of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other European countries. But what precautions should you take when in public to avoid catching bed bugs? Let’s take a look.
While many victims of bed bug infestations experience allergic reactions to the bites, some have no symptoms other than small bite marks. Additionally, bed bug bites can cause insomnia, anxiety, and skin problems due to excessive scratching. Other than that, bed bugs are not interested in laying eggs in your hair. Bed bug bites can cause itchy welts due to a reaction to the bed bug’s saliva, even though most people are unaware they’ve been bitten. This can cause discomfort for at least a week.
It’s a frightening thought, but if you live in a city like New York or Los Angeles, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter bed bugs in the course of your daily activities. In between blood meals, bed bugs can be found near furniture, behind wallpaper, and beneath the carpet’s edge. Bed bugs feed on the blood of mammals, including humans, so even the cleanest homes and hotels are susceptible to infestation. Additionally, bed bugs can climb walls, hide behind picture frames or headboards, and enter cracks and crevices in furniture drawers.
On the one hand, bed bugs dislike places where they can move. They prefer to live closer to their host than to themselves. Bed bugs in the hair may cause red, itchy welts along the hairline or across the forehead, cheeks, and neck, as well as small blood spots on the pillow. If you suspect you have bed bugs in your home, you should contact ABC immediately to schedule a service. Lice and ticks have claws that allow them to navigate hair, but bed bugs do not.