The Amazing Survival Skill of Bed Bugs


What’s Keeping These Creepy Crawlers Alive?


If you’re not afraid of bed bugs, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that you should be. Bed bugs are some people’s worst nightmare, especially for those that live in Brooklyn, NY. Any trace of bed bugs usually leads to a full-on infestation, resulting in thousands of loads of laundry and the need for powerful exterminating chemicals. Simply put, bed bugs are the fastest growing pest control emergency in the developed world. The most terrifying part of dealing with bed bugs is that they feed on human blood. Yikes! They’re also known for being one of the most difficult pests to kill. Learn about the amazing survival skills of everyone’s least favorite critter.

Hiding in Plain Sight

Bed bugs are difficult to kill because they’re difficult to find. They can hide in all sorts of places:   fabric, wood panels, near heat sources, inside electrical sockets, and even inside living animals. They can also stay dormant for incredibly long periods of time. After feeding on a bit of human blood, bed bugs can stay hidden for up to a year before they’ll need to feed again. Even if you think that you’re rid of bed bugs, they could be lying low until they’re hungry!

Covert Attacks at Home

Overall, bed bugs don’t like bringing attention to themselves. They usually feed on their prey in the middle of the night or when you’re sleeping. If you’ve ever woken up to find a slew of strange bites on your skin, bed bugs might be the culprit. That’s right, you might not have the slightest suspicion that you have bed bugs until they’ve already feasted on your blood and scurried back to their original hiding place.

Adaptability and Living Conditions

Like most living things, bed bugs prefer to be warm, but they can survive extreme living situations from a range of temperatures to atmospheric conditions. When huddled in a group, bed bugs can survive for five days at a time with a temperature of at least 14 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature drops below -26 degrees F, bed bugs will die within about 15 minutes. On the opposite end of the spectrum, bed bugs can survive in sweltering temperatures. They only start to die off if the temperature exceeds 113 degrees F.

One Way or Another

In some cases, people will raise their bed off the ground and move it away from the walls to help ward off any remaining bed bugs. But sometimes, that doesn’t go far enough. Bed bugs have been known to crawl up the wall, congregate on the ceiling and then drop down on top of the person sleeping on the bed below. If they sense that there’s human blood nearby, bed bugs will go to great lengths to secure their meal.

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