Don’t let the bed bugs bite, as the expression goes. But if you don’t want to let the bed bugs bite, you also need to know where it is likely that bed bugs could be in your apartment or house.
Bed Bugs Detection: Where Are The Bugs?
According to research by Dr. Michael Potter, an entomologist at the University of Kentucky, the name ”bed bugs” actually does indicate where the insects may most likely be located. Around 70% of all bed bugs in homes are found in beds. That is not surprising, given that the bugs feed off of human blood, and often go after their unwitting victims in the middle of the night, when they are asleep. So that means that in order to reach their prey, the bed bugs go to where the people are, which in this case can mean beds.
However, that is not the only place where bed bugs have been found. In 23% of the cases, bed bugs are found in couches and chairs. That can be in your home, or in businesses, like at a movie theater, restaurant, or library. Again, bed bugs go to where the people are, and that includes all sorts of businesses and places you may not expect bed bugs to be.
In addition, bed bugs can travel and hitch a ride on people and their stuff, whether they are leaving their home, or coming back to their home. One example where you might find bed bugs is when you travel, and stay in a hotel room that has the unwanted pests. All it takes is one critter or two to jump into your suitcase from the hotel bed (note: never put your luggage on that bed) and you could have a bed bugs problem when you return. And because female bed bugs can lay eggs as frequently as every five days, it could be a massive problem for you in no time.
Bed Bugs Detection: Other Places The Bugs Are Found
According to the University of Kentucky study, 7% of bed bugs are found in other places besides beds, couches, and chairs. These can include: dressers and nightstands, as well as on walls, ceilings, and house moldings. In addition, here is a scary thought: like roaches, bed bugs can burrow inside things, including books, clocks, coffee makers, radios, telephones, and televisions. Basically, bed bugs can potentially be any place where humans are, and that humans touch. Yikes!
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March 22, 2013 - 3:17 PM No Comments