Infographic: Guide To Understanding Bed Bugs

Bed guide to Understanding Bed Bugs

Waking up in a cold sweat after a nightmare is one story, but waking up to a blood-sucking pest is another.


Yes Indeed, we’re talking about bed bugs.

These un-invited pests love a good midnight feast, and you’re the complimentary meal. This guide would help you understand the inner working of bed bugs.


So, what are Bed bugs?

Bed bugs, scientifically known as Cimex lectularius are blood-sucking insects which feed on human and animals in order to survive. They’re infamously known for their reddish-brownish flat body oval shaped appearance.


Are Bed Bug Bites Dangerous?

It is important to note bed bugs aren’t intrinsically dangerous or carry any pathogenic diseases. However, they can take a toll on your mental psyche due to sleeplessness nights.

Bed bugs typically live indoors and are predominantly found in bedrooms, for easy human access.


Signs of Bed bugs

Similar to chiggers in bed. Bed bugs can hide in any place possible, from box springs to even a bedroom electrical socket. However, there are some important signs that are significant indicators of bed bugs:


Bed bug bites – These bites can be seen as a cluster of 2-3 itchy bites near each other; this can be seen as bright-red spots. As mentioned bed bug bites do not carry diseases, but are highly irritable. In some cases, bed bug bites can trigger an allergic reaction in some individuals similar to dust mite bites.


Bed bug casing, bites and droppings – Bed bugs sometimes leave physical evidence of their existence. Bed bug casings are their empty exoskeleton shell. Evidence of shell casings and droppings are strong signs of a bed bug infestation.


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Bed Bug hiding grounds – If there is a hidden empty space a bed bug would definitely hide there. Ideally, bed bugs hide in places nearby the host for easy access. This can be under the mattress, headboard, cracks and crevices nearby a bed.


It is always a great idea to make a note of where you’ve found bed bugs, this would be very helpful if you wish to use an exterminator.


Public Bed Bug Breeding Grounds

The truth is that Bed bugs can happen to anybody irrespective of class and sanitary levels. Commonly known, most bed bugs are found in Hotels and public resting areas. Typically, bed bugs are brought to your house via infested clothes in your luggage.[Read: Yes, You Can Prevent Mosquito Bites Naturally]

Careful precautions must always be taken. We always recommend reading the feedback of a hotel before spending a night.


By now you should be an expert in identifying bed bugs, where they hide and there most common public breeding grounds. A bed bug infestation means warfare, professional help such as an exterminator is always a great choice.



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