What Do Bed Bugs Eat?

How these insects survive


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Bed bugs are insects that have become a public health issue across the globe. They breed rapidly and are skilled at hiding, making them a difficult pest to treat for on your own. Why do they prey on people at night? What do they eat to survive? Here’s more about what bed bugs eat and their feeding habits.

What Bed Bugs Eat

Bed bugs are not venomous, and therefore do not present an immediate threat to humans. Instead, every species of bed bugs are parasites that feed on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded mammals to live and reproduce. Although some species prefer the blood of certain animals, they can survive on any kind of blood if their usual source isn’t available. Besides humans, warm-blooded animals like dogs, cats, bats, birds, and rodents are other common victims of the bed bug.

Fully grown bed bugs can survive for up to five months without a blood feeding.

When Bed Bugs Eat

Bed bugs are nocturnal, which is an important factor in their survival. They hide in small crevices in a room (usually the bedroom) and feed on their human prey at night while they sleep. A few of a bed bug’s preferred daytime hiding spots include the seams of a mattress, box springs, on the headboard, bed frame, and in other places around the bed. They have even been known to hide in electrical outlets, furniture, and baseboards.

Call a Professional Exterminator

Even the most seasoned pest professionals have struggles when trying to control a bed bug infestation. Multiple treatments involving a variety of different solutions and techniques are usually necessary to completely eradicate bed bugs. Resolution Pest is up to the challenge, and we have a three-pronged approach that has been proven effective time and again. We identify the source, resolve the problem, and prevent future infestations. If you suspect an infestation in your home or business, the time to act is now! Contact Resolution Pest today by calling 610-337-7378 for a free estimate.


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