Bed bugs survive by living in furniture, most commonly bedding, and feasting on your blood while you are asleep. They should call them vampire bugs instead as “bed bugs”, which sounds way more innocent than they actually are.
While you sleep they crawl on you and bite into your flesh. This is their main source of sustenance. Without it they die. But that doesn’t mean you can just store a mattress for a while and they all die off. Bedbugs have an uncanny knack of exploring, relocating and finding a new host.
Some people up north will leave their mattress outdoors when the temperature is below freezing. Yes, the bedbugs outside will die in freezing temperatures. But, they have to be in that temperature for a significant amount of time. Not only that, the act of moving the mattress will knock bed bugs off inside the home and they will just re-infect the mattress when it is reintroduced.
Bed bugs have been known to live a year or more without a host and have evolved to feed on pets as well. They are not to be underestimated as a pest.
Bed bugs are all over the world. This means that if you stay with friend, relative or in a hotel there is a chance you will run into them. You don’t want to get bitten by bed bugs and you definitely don’t want to bring them back to your abode.
How to Check for Bed Bugs
Lift back the layers of sheets and look at the mattress. Do you see little tiny brownish dots? Is there a lavender-ish smell? Do you see tiny bug pieces? No? Good. Then you are probably good to go.
If you do see bed bugs, inform the hotel staff and ask to be moved to another room far away from the one you are in. Just because one bed has bed bugs doesn’t mean the entire hotel does. They could have been recently introduced by a person who stayed there. Or feel free to check into another hotel.
If your friend or family has bed bugs you should probably tell them. You may be doing them a favor and solve the mystery of why they have tiny bites on them all the time. A professional pest control company can alleviate their bed bug problem.