Why are blood spots on my sheets?
While most people notice bites or rashes across their arms, chest, neck, or face to alert them they have bed bugs among them, not everyone will have a physical reaction to bed bug bites. This means bed bugs can be living with you for some time before you even notice their existence.
Bed bugs are nocturnal and primarily active for feeding, off of you as the host, between the hours of 2am-5am, when the home environment is calm, quiet, and you are sleeping soundly. However, if you're a day-sleeper, that doesn't mean you're safe. Bed bugs will adjust to your sleep schedule because they have to have a blood meal.
How often do bed bugs feed?
Bed bugs traditionally feed once a week for 3-12 minutes, as females must feed to lay eggs and nymphs (babies) must feed to grow. As the number of bugs increases (female bed bugs can lay up to 15 eggs a day), you could become a blood meal on a daily basis.
Since not everyone will experience physical reactions to bites, seeing the blood spots on your sheets or couch from where they feed may be your first warning sign there’s a home invader in your midst. If you find blood spots or experience bites, you can also look for additional signs of bed bugs and immediately contact us to schedule an appointment.
Why do bed bugs bite people?
Bed bugs are attracted to your body heat and the carbon dioxide you exhale, which is why our bed bug heat treatment is so effective to draw the bugs out of hiding and eliminate them.
Bed bugs have to eat a blood meal in order to fulfill the life stages to adulthood and for the female to lay eggs.
How do you keep bed bugs from becoming an infestation?
Early prevention and immediate recognition of bed bugs are key.