The thought of a bed bug infestation is understandably scary. By learning about how these parasitic bugs live and why bed bug infestations are becoming more commonplace, you can take measures to safeguard your home.
Common Bed Bug Species
Common Bed Bug
The common bed bug is the primary bed bug to infest human homes. In fact, the species has evolved to specialize in feeding off of humans. Researchers believe it originated in the Middle East and is also the original creature to be named a “bug.” Other species of bed bug will exclusively feed on other animals, such as bats, rodents or birds.
The common bed bug is attracted to humans by the thermal radiation they emit as well as our exhalation of CO2. Left unchecked, a bed bug infestation can multiply rapidly as individual bugs return to feed on their victims every few nights. Female bed bugs can lay 1 to 5 eggs each day, which can create an overwhelming infestation.