1. Bed BugsCan Ingest 7X Their Own Weight in Blood
That’s the equivalent to the average male drinking over 100 gallons of liquid!
2. Only 40-50% Of People Show a Reaction to Bed Bug Bites
Humans display varying levels of sensitivity to bed bug bites. More than half of all people bitten will not show a reaction. Because of this, you may have bed bugs and not even know it, as the bugs are active primarily in the night time.
3. Bed Bugs Can Live Months Without a Meal
Because they are capable of ingesting so much at one time, bed bugs can hide out for long periods of time, making them difficult to locate. Common hiding spots include behind picture frames and electrical wall plates as well as under the mattress welt line.
4. Bed Bugs Can Lay Over 500 Eggs in Their Lifetime
Bed Bugs can lay 1-5 eggs per day, adding up to over 500 in a lifetime. The fact that bed bugs can lay so many eggs is part of what makes them so hard to eliminate.
5. 1 in 5 Americans Has Reported Exposure to Bed Bugs
“Exposure” in this case includes either having bed bugs or knowing someone who had bed bugs. They are more common than you might think!
6. Bed Bugs Are Increasingly Resistant to Pyrethroid Insecticides
Pockets of bed bugs throughout the United States are resistant to traditional pyrethroid chemicals, making them more difficult to kill. To increase your chances of eliminating all bed bugs in one treatment, use a “pyrethroid resistant” bed bug product.
7. Bed Bugs Are Present in All 50 States
The creepy crawlers tend to be most common in highly populated urban regions where they can easily spread and hitchhike from one home to another. The top cities in 2017 include Baltimore, Washington DC, and Chicago.
8. Bed Bug Saliva Contains Anesthetic Properties to Prevent the Victim from Feeling the Bite
Anesthetic saliva allows bed bugs to bite you in your sleep without you knowing. Sleep tight!
9. Bed Bugs Know When You’re Sleeping by the Carbon Dioxide You Emit
The carbon dioxide and heat emitted from our bodies while we sleep is what attracts bed bugs out of their hiding places. Once they have taken a blood meal, they return to hiding.
10. Bed Bug Hatchlings are Small Enough to Pass through a Stitch Hole in a Mattress
Many people believe that bed bugs cannot be seen. A full grown bed bug is about the size of an apple seed while a baby is still visible but very tiny, at just 2.5MM thick!
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