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A few Bed bug facts you might not know about for bed bug awareness week

June 8th, 2016 by Mike MacDonald in Bed Bugs

Most people don’t really know a whole lot about bed bugs so since it’s bed bug awareness week here are a few bed bug facts you might not know

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Bed bug facts you might not be aware of…

Did you know that bed bugs only eat blood? They prefer human blood, so that is why they are often found in beds and bed frames, unfortunately this isn’t the only place they can hide in your home. Bed bugs can be found on furniture, and are known to hide out on luggage and clothing, so be on the look out when you travel. Bed bugs are also mostly active during the night.  Luckily, bed bugs at this point don’t seem to transfer any diseases to humans, however they do tend to leave bites, rashes, and can cause allergic reactions for people. Not sure if you have bed bugs? Be on the look out for bumps and rashes as well as brown spots or black, pepper-like flecks around your bed and furniture. A common occurrence for a bed bug infestation is tiny blood and feces spots on your bed sheets or furniture. Restrain yourself from scratching bites and rashes caused by bed bugs, this can lead to infection and it’s best to seek medical attention to deal with the symptoms of bed bugs.

More Bed Bug Facts for Bed Bug Awareness Week

Besides preventing bed bugs from entering your home in the first place, there isn’t much you can do to get rid of them on your own on account of bed bugs having a high resistance to chemicals. For more info on why bed bugs are hard to kill, check out this article here.  Bedbugs inject a form of anesthetic through their saliva when they bite you, so unlike mosquitoes, you won’t feel them biting you, and you won’t wake up when they bite you in your sleep. Another interesting bed bug fact is that bed bugs are attracted to the carbon dioxide that humans breath out, so that is another reason they are more active at night. So when you aren’t sleeping in your bed, bed bugs tend to hide and lay eggs. According to Robert L. Usinger in his writing of (1966). Monograph of Cimicidae (Hemiptera – Heteroptera)  – “under certain cool conditions adult bed bugs can live for over a year without feeding” Bed bugs are also starting to become immune to traditional pesticide treatments, so one of the most effective ways to kill bed bugs is with the greener option of using a heat treatment. If you are in the greater Minnesota metro area and have a bedbug infestation, Rove Pest Control uses the most cutting edge and effective heat treatments for bed bugs, so be sure to contact them for a consultation to learn more on how to get rid of the bed bugs in your home.

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