July 25, 2014

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Bed Bug Behavior

Bed Bug Behavior (.pdf)

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Bed bugs are often compared to an apple seed.

Bed bugs spend the majority of their lives in hiding. This makes finding and controlling bed bugs difficult. Bed bugs move to new locations by hiding in clothing, luggage, furniture and household goods. Bed bugs are small and flat and able to hide in many areas, making it difficult to find and exterminate them. 

One place to search: along the edges of a matress

Bed bugs are a“nesting parasite” that hide near where people and pets rest and sleep. The bed bug feeds while a person or pet is at rest and or sitting still. Once they have fed, bed bugs will return to hiding. Bed bugs hide in any tight, dark, undisturbed locations near sleeping or resting areas. Examples of where bed bugs can be found include; in beds, bed frames, and upholstered furniture, behind peeling wall paper, pictures and clocks and in curtains, in cracks in hard wood floors, under carpeting and behind electrical outlets or switch plates.

Most bed bugs may be found within 8 feet of a person’s resting place. As the infestation grows, bed bugs will spread further.

Backpack infested with bed bugsBed bugs tend to live in groups, but depending on a number of factors they will move to other areas. Female bed bugs will leave a group if they have been mated multiple times. Bed bugs will move in search of food if they are starved and have been known to leave one apartment and enter another in search of a food source. Bed bugs are also known to hitchhike and are easily transported on furniture, luggage, boxes, clothes, toys and other personal items when moving to a new location.

Bed bugs do not like light and they will hide during the day coming out to feed at night.

Bed bugs do not feed on a predictable schedule. Bed bugs mostly feed at night but they will feed during the day if they are hungry and there is a resting host. Human reactions to bed bug bites are unpredictable, varying from no reaction at all to a severe allergic reaction. This can make it difficult to know if you have bed bugs.

Bed Bug Behavior (.pdf)