Is your passion for bed bug knowledge keeping you awake at night? Probably not, but these facts about bed bugs will dispel common myths and might actually give you some comfort while you sleep tonight. At the very least, you’ll learn that there won’t be any bed bugs ‟flying” over your pillow. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean they can’t crawl.
They can go without a meal for more than a year. If you’ve ever thought you might be able to starve bed bugs to death by not sleeping in an infested room for a while, you are out of luck. In some cases, bed bugs have been known to survive more than a year without a blood meal.
Unwilling travelers. Bed bugs might be just as lazy as their name suggests. While they don’t limit themselves to hiding in beds, they do limit the amount of exercise they are willing to commit to for the sake of a meal. Some bed bugs will travel up to 100 feet in search of a host, but on average, most bed bugs won’t travel more than 30 feet.
Slow and steady pace. Perhaps part of the reason that bed bugs prefer not to travel has to do with their speed. Bed bugs can only move about 3 to 4 feet per minute. On a flat surface without any obstacles in the way, it would take a bed bug almost an entire day to move just 1 mile.
They don’t have alternative travel options. Among all of these other facts about bed bugs, this one might be especially comforting. Bed bugs don’t have any hind wings and their front wings are no more than wing-like pads. As such, they are unable to fly. They also don’t jump.
A not so sticky situation. Bed bugs can’t climb smooth surfaces. If you are suspicious about a small piece of furniture in your home containing bed bugs, place it in the bathtub until you have a chance to inspect and clean it. Just make sure the bathtub is clean. While bed bugs are hopeless against a perfectly smooth surface, they can sometimes use the dirt on an otherwise slippery side, in order to escape.
Bed bugs aren’t beach bums. The idea of basking in the hot sand all day would not be particularly attractive to a bed bug. In fact, in temperatures over 110 degrees Fahrenheit, bed bugs can’t live for more than three or four hours.
A ghost-like appearance. You are likely to be haunted by any insect that sneaks up on you at night, but bed bugs can have a particularly ghost-like appearance. A newly matured, nymph bed bug, or one that hasn’t fed for a very long time, will appear translucent. Bed bugs only gain color after they have had a blood meal. After its very first meal, a nymph bed bug will turn bright red.
They can be a huge money pit, or a major money payout. After taking a break from tormenting the human population, bed bugs have made a major resurgence over that past few years. This has led to a number of lawsuits regarding bed bugs. One of the biggest payouts as a result of a bed bug lawsuit was more than $600,000.
If these facts about bed bugs haven’t exactly brought on the comfort of counting sheep, consider calling a pest management professional. Call Terminix® today and you can schedule a free bed bug inspection. Or, you could just count the bed bugs until they put you to sleep. Sounds soothing, right?