Bedbugs: 12 Weird Facts You Don’t Know About Them
Has this ever happened to you? You get home exhausted from work; have dinner, watch TV a bit and head to bed then placing your pillows to rest your head, only for you to hear creepy movements.
Or, you wake up in the morning to see itchy bumps on your skin and you question yourself if mosquitoes penetrated the mosquito net, you slept in.
Have it ever crossed your mind that the culprits could be Bedbugs? You may have them in your home and not notice they have been living with you.
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Identifying bedbugs can be a problem if you do not know what they look like but first, let’s familiarize with 12 weird facts you don’t know about them as they could help you identify them.
Fact #1: THEY ARE APPLE SIZED INSECTS
One reason you may not catch a bedbug feasting on you or roaming about is because the adult bedbugs are as small as apple seeds, ¼ inch long and as flat as paper before they feed.
Their babies (nymphs) are way tinier.
Fact #2: FEEDS ONLY ON BLOOD
This is very true. They feed on livestock and cattle blood, but they love human blood.
Due to this reason, they prefer to hang around us and feast on us while we sleep.
Studies reveal that bedbugs have been feeding on human blood for over 3,500 years. It’s creepy, they are like tiny vampires.
Fact #3: CANNOT FLY
Although they have tiny wing buds, they cannot fly. They also don’t have the ability to grip themselves to things which is why they fall off easily when climbing things.
Fact #4: THEY DO NOT DISCRIMINATE
It does not matter if you are rich or poor, fat or thin, live in a mansion or a hut, they do not discriminate.
They can be found almost anywhere, even in fancy hotels and hospitals.
Fact #5: EXPERT TRAILERS
Although they have poor eyesight and love to stay in the dark, they know how to get to us.
They simply follow the scent of the carbon dioxide (CO2) we exhale. Since we produce enough CO2 at night while we sleep, they attack at night conveniently.
Fact #6: THEY CAN LIVE ANYWHERE
Contrary to their name, bedbugs do not only live in beds.
From a light switch to portraits, electronics, circuits, cracks in the wall, drawers, wardrobes, they can stay anywhere.
Since they are so tiny, they can fit in any opening.
Fact #7: SUPER FERTILE
Female bedbugs produce about 3-5eggs daily. Since their lifespan is 1year, they can lay 500 eggs during their life time.
Their eggs are white and shaped like rice. It takes about 10 days to hatch.
Fact #8: REACTION TO THEIR BITE DIFFERS
Bedbug bites can develop into itchy and swollen welts in small clusters which might require treatment by taking steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs but not in every case.
For some people, they do not any symptom of being bitten, while some won’t show until a day after.
People in this category might be oblivious that their home is infested by bed bugs.
Fact #9: BODY CHANGE ON FEEDING
Before feeding, bedbugs are brown in colour and flat like paper.
After feeding, they become red, swollen and elongated.
Fact #10: HIBERNATION
When bedbugs are starved from their regular blood meal, they can fall into snooze mode for about 14 months which is called Diapause.
So, if you think, leaving your house for a couple of weeks will starve them to death, you’re wrong.
The best thing to do if you find bedbug in your home is to contact professional insect exterminators to properly eliminate them.
Fact #11: MAGIC EXCREMENT
It’s hard to tell the difference between the poo of cockroaches and bedbugs since they are look like specks and are very similar.
The easiest way to differentiate them is by adding water. If it’s by a bedbug, the colour will change to red. Amazing isn’t it?
Fact #12: THEY DON’T TRANSMIT DISEASES
Studies have shown bedbugs cannot transmit diseases.
HIV, Hepatitis and other blood borne pathogens cannot be passed from one person to another by bedbugs and that is a huge relief.
The facts have been amazing but it does not change the fact that they are pests and are not favourable to mankind.
A lot of people have abandoned their homes while some have destroyed their properties in a bid to eradicate them.
The best way to have them removed is to call for the services of exterminators.
It could take a year before they are completely vanquished but it is worth it to rid them off your back.
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