What are bed bugs


Bed Bugs prefer dirty places or they are feeding only at night?

Some of the most popular rumours circulating the households and the World Wide Web are, that bed bugs prefer dirty places or that they are feeding only at night time.

Both of them are proven not to be true. No matter how clean we keep our places and at what time of the day we prefer to sleep, the bed bugs will adjust according to our sleeping regime so that they can feed on our blood.

Bed bugs find shelters in dark places, slits and crevices, bed frames, and pretty much any difficult-to-reach place. They prefer their hiding spots to be close to the bed of their victim as their senses are highly developed, and they can feel when their prey is in a deep sleep. It is then when they go out to feed. In low to moderate levels of infestation, bed bugs are hardly noticeable, and there is a high chance that you do not even know that your home is infested.

Their shape and size, depending on the sex and stage of development, is either drop-shaped or oval and can reach a length of around 7mm (0.3 inches). When fed well, the bed bug can grow up to six times their weight and increase their size by about 50%.

The adult bug feeds once every 4-5 days, while the young ones have more regular regimes. The body of an adult bed bug is even, flattened in the abdominal area and extremely resistant to pressure when not fed.

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Bed bugs find shelters in dark places, slits and crevices, bed frames, and pretty much any difficult-to-reach place. They prefer their hiding spots to be close to the bed of their victim as their senses are highly developed, and they can feel when their prey is in a deep sleep. It is then when they go out to feed. In low to moderate levels of infestation, bed bugs are hardly noticeable, and there is a high chance that you do not even know that your home is infested.


The surest sign is when you find the parasite itself or its eggs. The eggs look like very tiny rice grains and can be found on the mattress, bed frame, headboard, chairs, cabinets or other furniture made of wood or textiles. The female bed bug lays up to 5 eggs a day and can lay up to 500 for her entire life. Bed bugs prefer to lay on wood, upholstery, behind wallpapers, in sockets, under carpets, in cabinets and other rough surfaces in dark places. When lay eggs, the female releases a sticky substance that holds the eggs clinging to the surface.