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7 Fascinating Facts About Bed Bugs

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Few bugs are more feared than the bed bug. If you have ever known anyone with bed bugs, then you're probably aware of how hard they are to get rid of. And who wants to wake up every morning covered in bites? But how much do you actually know about bed bugs?
The more you know, the better you'll be able to protect yourself. And bed bugs are far more interesting than you might think. Here are seven fascinating facts about these tiny pests.

1. Bed Bugs Reproduce More Slowly Than Other Insects

You may have heard that bed bugs reproduce very rapidly, so you need to act quickly if you have any hope of exterminating them. But bed bugs actually reproduce slowly in comparison to other insects. A female bed bug only lays one egg per day, and that egg takes at least five weeks to become an adult bed bug. A female flea, by comparison, can produce 600 offspring in a month.

While you don't want to ignore a bed bug infestation, you can take a few days, formulate a plan, and contact several pest control companies for estimates. Your bed bug population won't boom overnight.

2. Bed Bugs Live Longer in Cold Environments

Unlike other bugs, bed bugs actually prefer somewhat cooler spaces. So they won't hitch a ride home on your body because your body heat is too much for them. They will, however, catch a ride home in your clothes or linens.
Also, in normal room temperatures, bed bugs will only live three months without a meal. Lower the temperature, and their metabolisms will slow, allowing them to live up to a year without feeding.

3. Bed Bugs Don't Spread Disease

Bed bug bites can become infected, especially if you scratch them open or touch them with dirty hands. But thankfully, bed bugs do not spread diseases like cockroaches, ants, and fleas may. While their bites may be itchy and uncomfortable, they are not considered a serious threat to health.

4. Bed Bugs Come in Multiple Species

Just as there are multiple species of ants and cockroaches, there are multiple species of bed bugs. Only three of these species are known to feed on humans. Cimex hemipterius is common in the tropics, recently making appearances in Florida and California. Cimex lectularius is found throughout the United States, and Leptocimex boueti bothers residents in Africa and South America.

5. Bed Bugs Have Been Around for Thousands of Years

Archeologists have unearthed evidence to suggest bed bugs were around 3,500 years ago. Early Egyptian literature references them, too. Experts surmise that bed bugs originally fed on bats, but then evolved to feed on humans once humans began inhabiting caves where the bats lived.

6. Bed Bugs Secrete a Numbing Agent

People often do not notice they have been bitten by bed bugs until the bugs have scurried away. This is because when bed bugs bite, they secrete a numbing agent into your skin. You don't wake up until a few minutes later when the numbing agent wears off and the bite starts itching.

7. Bed Bugs May Be Resistant to Pesticides

Homeowners often attempt to eradicate bed bugs with pesticides, but to no avail. There's a reason why these bugs have managed to survive for 3,500 years - they're hardy. Many bed bugs have become resistant to pyrethroids, the main class of pesticides used today. So professional fumigation and heat treatments are more likely to be effective in eradicating the bugs. Bed bugs cannot tolerate temperatures over 122 degrees F for long.
Do you think you may have bed bugs in your home? Don't try fighting these stubborn pests on your own. Contact ChemScape Pest Control and Termite Services to schedule a free estimate and inspection. We offer service to Nashville, Hendersonville, and the surrounding areas.
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