What You Didn’t Know About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small pests that will consume blood from you, your family, and your pets in order to stay alive. This species of pest is extremely difficult to remove in its entirety and everyone pretty much knows how bad they are to have in your home. However, there are some interesting facts about bed bugs you might’ve not heard.

Attraction to Specific Colors

  • Bed bugs are attracted to shades of red and black.
  • Since bed bugs like to stick together, it is thought that they are attracted to dark red because it is similar to their species’ red exoskeleton.
  • White, green, and yellow are said to be colors that bed bugs stay away from.

Bites Look Worse Than They Feel

  • Bed bug bites oftentimes look like they might hurt or itch, but they don’t (they rarely do).
  • Since bed bugs look for a blood vessel to feed from, they might not always find one on the first try. This is why there might be multiple bumps in a single area of your body.

Aware of Movement

  • When bed bugs feed, they like to do so with no noise, light, or movement — hence the reason for being most active during the nighttime.
  • When a bed bug is feeding on a host, and that host moves in their sleep, the little blood sucker will most likely stop feeding in that area. However, the bed bug will simply move to a different part of the body and begin feeding again.

Eat at the Speed of Light

  • Did you know it only takes 12 minutes for a single bed bug to become fully engorged with blood?
  • Afterward, bed bugs will detach from their host and move to an area where they are hidden, so they can digest in peace.
  • There are times where a fully engorged bed bug will void remains of previously consumed blood in order to make room for new blood — hence any red-brown spots you might find on sheets and upholstery.

Bed bugs suck blood, we all know this — but there are some interesting facts about them not many people know. When a bed bug infestation takes over your home, immediately contact Knockout Pest Control. To learn more or to schedule an inspection, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.

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