What Do Bed Bugs Eat?

Updated September 29, 2019

Are You Feeding Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs have become more talked about in the last few years due to a rash of infestations in this country. People are more aware of them now and are taking precautions. Because they do not discriminate against any home or human, they are nesting in homes, dormitories, hotels, shelters and hostels in all parts of the country. They can be found in the walls, mattresses and carpet. You may be able to detect an infestation because they leave behind brown stains in the areas they are living and you may even see them between your mattresses. You may also experience their bites, primarily on your legs and feet. They leave behind itchy, red spots after they have bitten.

Human and animal blood is the main source of food for bed bugs. They will feed for about 10 minutes and then move on to digest their meal. There is no pain when they bite, so they often go unnoticed until the welts appear. Bed bugs cannot bite through clothing but instead they crawl into clothes to get to flesh. They are so tiny that they would most likely not be felt as they crawl around. Their flat bodies enable them to crawl into tight spaces so you may not see them without a thorough search.

They can survive up to 6 months after feeding so getting rid of them is not as easy as it would seem. Contact us at Foundation Pest Control if you feel you have a bed bug infestation. We will send one of our professional associates to address your concerns!

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