SYMPTOMS OF BEDBUGS

Bed bugs only feed on blood. They can drink blood from birds and mammals, but they like human victims best. They are most active between 00:00-05:00 AM when hungry and humans offer these voracious insects an all-night buffet and fantastic places to hide when they’re not feasting. They probe human skin (several times) while searching for a capillary to feed on. After feeding hides cracks and crevices with other bed bugs. 

Bed bugs are found in cracks and crevices, including mattress seams, sheets, furniture, behind baseboards, electrical outlet plates and picture frames. Often found in hotels, where they can travel from room to room and in visitors’ luggage or other personal belongings such as purses and briefcases.

Case skins: As the bugs grow, they shed their skin and discovery of which can indicate their presence. 

 

Black Spots: After feeding, bed bugs return to their harborage to hide where they defecate black to brown stains. 

 

Bites also may indicate bed bug activities

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DO BED BUGS BITE?

Bed bugs are blood feeders that depend on blood for their food source, so they must consume blood for survival.

 

One bed bug will usually take more than one bite. Once a bed bug inserts its mouthparts and finds a suitable blood vessel, it will begin feeding. However, finding the right blood vessel may take more than one injection of the skin. In addition, bed bugs are very sensitive to movement by the host they are feeding on. Therefore, if a sleeping person moves, a feeding bed bug will probably withdraw its mouthparts and begin its search for a blood meal on another part of the body.

 

It’s important to remember that the number of bites a person receives is not indicative of the number of bed bugs that feed on that person.

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