Worried about bed bugs? If you have questions like “Are bed bugs attracted to food?” and “Does dirt and clutter cause bed bugs,” we have your answers.
Are Bed Bugs Attracted to Food?
The answer to this question depends on your definition of food. Food, to a bed bug, is blood. Whether human or animal, it’s the promise of blood that lures in these pesky critters. So if you were wondering if those cracker crumbs are the culprit in your recent outbreak of bed bugs, the answer is no. Bed bugs are really only attracted to three things:
- Carbon Dioxide
This is how they locate and target their victims — humans and animals who pose tasty meal opportunities.
Do Dirt and Clutter Cause Bed Bugs?
The answer to this question is no. The presence of dirt and clutter don’t cause you to get bed bugs, but they sure make it more difficult to get rid of them. Bed bugs love to hide in crannies and crevices, and the more of these opportunities you provide, the more difficult it will be to find and destroy all the culprits.
Where Do Bed Bugs Originate?
The sad truth is that the bed bugs that are currently living fat and happy in your mattress could have come from anywhere — your last visit to the movie theater, the gym, that questionable motel room where you spent a small part of your family vacation. Bed bugs don’t come from bad housekeeping; they’re almost always dragged home clinging to your clothes, your luggage or even your pet. If your neighbor in the next apartment gets them, chances are good you’re going to get them too. Bed bugs are professionals when it comes to the stealth home invasion — creeping in through vents, outlets and cracks in the walls and flooring.
How Can You Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
Unfortunately, once you have bed bugs, you need professional intervention to rid yourself of them. Over-the-counter sprays and powders do little to eliminate these tough bugs because of how quickly and efficiently they reproduce. A female bed bug can lay up 250 eggs over the course of her life, and each egg hatches within anywhere from one to two weeks, depending upon the temperature. Once hatched, the bugs can immediately begin feeding off their hosts.
If you suspect you have a bed bug infestation, call us immediately. We’re All Bed Bugs Begone, and our effective heat treatment process eliminates bed bugs for good. Signs of a bed bug problem may include waking with red, itchy welts on parts of your skin such as your neck and face that aren’t usually covered by pajamas. They also include pinprick-like blood spots in your bedding, cast-off bug skins or shells and brown smears on your sheets from bed bug excrement. If you notice the signs of infestation, call right away. The longer you wait, the more bugs will reproduce, making elimination that much more difficult.