See Here: 15 Creepy, Crawly Facts You Need To Know About Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood (human blood to be preferred) and have been known to terrorize humans for thousands of years. These tiny insects are mainly active at night, but are not really nocturnal. These blood sucking creatures usually feed on their hosts without being noticed. Bed bugs are also known as a cause of skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms, though they are not known to transmit any pathogens as disease vectors.

Since 1995, bed bug infestations have been on the rise. Yes, we all know bed bugs, but we don’t truly know their true nature. Here are 15 creepy, crawly facts you need to know about bed bugs.

1. Bed bug saliva has anesthetic properties that’s why victims doesn’t feel their bite when they are feeding.

2. Bed bug bites may lead to a range of skin manifestations from no visible effects to prominent blisters.

3. Bed bugs are “hitch hikers.” They depend on catching a ride with a host so that they can spread to other areas.

4. Though they are hitch hikers, bed bugs can’t climb smooth surfaces such as glass and plastic.

5. These creepy crawlies are smart, they know to hide during the day and can tell when you’re sleeping by the carbon dioxide you emit.

6. Bed bugs can be as small as one stitch in a mattress, that they are nearly invisible to human eyes.

7. Bed bug eggs are very hard to vacuum up because they are coated with a sticky glue like substance.

8. They are also resistant to cold temperatures, but not so much to heat.

9. So when bed bugs are found, make sure you wash all of your clothes in a hot wash.

10. Bed bugs shed their skin, which is pale and thin.

11. Bed bugs poop and this may stain the mattress. This is often the first indication of bed bugs that victims see.

12. Shockingly, these blood suckers can live without feeding for months at a time.

13. In New York city, dogs are used to detect whether there are bed bug infestations.

14. As of 2012 there were no really effective pesticides available, though there are some but not highly recommended due to potential health risk.

15. At one point in the 1940s, bed bugs were almost exterminated in the developed world.

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