Bed bugs are much more prevalent today than they were 10 years ago. CNN attributes the rise in infestations to this tough bug’s growing resistance to the common sprays used to kill it. If you’ve ever battled these irritating insects, you realize the upheaval they can cause in your life. Bed bugs pack a mean bite that can leave you and your family with some uncomfortable, itchy welts. What causes a bed bug to bite? There are a number of factors that contribute to this age-old question:
1. Bed Bugs Need Blood to Survive
Bed bugs eat blood and only blood. It’s their only source of nutrition. Blood is so important, in fact, that without it, this creature can’t grow into a mature adult. In order to grow, bed bugs must feed at least once during every stage of growth, from egg to adult.
2. Bed Bugs Need Blood to Reproduce
Bed bugs must also ingest blood in order to reproduce. Adult females must feed in order to lay eggs, which can include up to five per day or up to 250 over a lifetime. If an adult, female bed bug has access to a regular food supply, such as a human, she’ll produce a steady flow of eggs.
What’s worse, is that it takes only six to 17 days for bed bugs to hatch, and they can begin feeding at birth.
3. Bed Bugs Prefer Human Blood
Though they can feed on the blood of animals as well, a bed bug’s first choice of feast is human, and it’s rare that a bug will only bite one time. Bed bugs have beaks that they use to pierce the skin of their victims, searching for a blood vessel. Often, more than one piercing is necessary for the bug to accomplish its goal. A single bed bug can bite numerous times before it becomes satiated. Afterward, it moves silently away, often leaving its victim wondering at the sudden appear of red, itchy welts.
If you see a bed bug, act immediately. Professional invention is typically the best and most thorough method of eliminating this stubborn pest. You can identify this parasite by its flat, round body. If you see a bed bug immediately after feeding, it will appear red and inflated. Because they reproduce so quickly and easily, once you have them, it’s nearly impossible to get rid of them without the help of a trained pest-control professional.
While a bed bug’s bite can be highly irritating, itchy and embarrassing to explain, these bugs are not known to transmit diseases. Bites can, however, become infected if the conditions are right. So it’s in your best interest and the interests of family members and neighbors to act promptly. Bed bugs easily spread through crevices such as electrical outlets, making apartment buildings, duplexes, and condos particularly susceptible.
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