Unlike dust mites, bed bugs are actually insects that can be spotted. Normally, they hide in mattress, sheets, furniture, even electrical outlet and picture frames, in general, in warm environment and especially near or inside the bed, sheets, or other sleep areas. They become more active at night when the hosts are asleep.
Bed bugs are feed exclusively on human blood. When the human blood is not available, they absorb all the additional moisture needed from water vaporized in the air. When bed bugs hunt, they prefer exposed skin, especially on the face, neck, and arms of the person. Even when there is absolutely no food, an adult bed bug can still survive for about five months, and even the newly hatched young bed bugs can survive for weeks without feed on blood. Once bitten by bed bugs, it can cause a number of health issues, such as skin rashes, and other allergic symptoms
For bed bugs, if they want to move from one place to another, they need a ‘media’. That is why it is mostly found in hotels, where they can travel from room to room easily, and hide in visitors’ luggage or other personal belongings such as purses and briefcases.
If there is any sign makes you doubt about the existence of bed bugs, do ask yourself the questions in the following check list.
· A visitor possibly have clothing or luggage infested
· Infested house items brought in, such as furniture, duct work, or false ceilings
· Wild animals that may carry bed bugs
· Recently visited infested area, such as hotel, public transportation etc.