Where Does Bed Bugs Live

Bed bugs UMN Extension

Bed bugs feed on humans and animals and use their blood to grow and reproduce. Bed bugs do not transmit disease to people. Bed bugs live close to where people sleep, rest or sit for long periods of time. Bed bugs are active at night and generally hide during the day. Do not try to treat bed bugs

Even the cleanest homes and hotels can be prone to an infestation since bed bugs do not live in filth—they live off the blood of mammals, including humans. So wherever humans (and other mammals) live, bed bugs can live happily, too, even if it is kept immaculately clean.

Bed bugs spread from one person to another in the clothing or luggage of travelers. The bugs are picked up from infested areas, particularly in public places such as motel rooms. They are then carried back to your place of residence.

A Virginia Tech report shows well-fed adult bed bugs can live up to 300 days in the laboratory. Of course in a lab, they have access to food, live in steady temperatures, and don't get crushed. Of course in a lab, they have access to food, live in steady temperatures, and don't get crushed.

Bed Bugs Appearance and Life Cycle Knowing what to look for is the first step in identifying and controlling bed bugs. There are many bugs that look like bed bugs, so an accurate identification is a critical first step to avoid costly treatment for the wrong bug.

The common bed bug (C. lectularius) is the species best adapted to human environments. It is found in temperate climates throughout the world.

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