It may seem like these nasty critters are intelligent when they manage to avoid your attempts to get rid of them. However, the truth is that bed bugs are driven almost solely by instinct, and have evolved to be highly resistant to many common methods of bed bug extermination.
How Do Bed Bugs Manage to Stay Hidden?
Bed bugs are nocturnal, which is why they are rarely seen during the day, unless you’re looking for them. Instinct and evolution are behind their nocturnal habits. It’s not because they’re intelligent enough to stay out of sight during the day. Their nocturnal habits align with the time that most humans sleep.
Bed bugs are naturally drawn to the carbon dioxide that humans exhale. When they sense carbon dioxide, they know that a food source is nearby and will do whatever it takes to get to their meal. Since humans emit carbon dioxide in a concentrated area when they sleep, this is when bed bugs are most active. If you started sleeping during the day, bed bugs would instinctively adapt their habits to match!
During the night, people rarely feel bed bugs sneak in for a meal because bed bug venom has evolved to contain an anesthetic. This is so that when bed bugs bite, the victim remains unaware. This is nothing to do with the bed bug being intelligent, but simply a product of evolution that has given bed bugs the tools they need to survive.
Are You Using Proper Bed Bug Treatments?
If you find that despite your efforts to avoid bed bug bites, they’re getting to you anyway, it may be because you’re not using an effective bed bug treatment.
Some methods people use in hopes of avoiding bed bugs include mattress covers, metal bed frames, bed post protectors, moving their bed away from the wall, and so on. People are surprised to find that bed bugs manage to skirt these methods of avoiding bed bug bites. It’s not because they’re intelligent enough to know how to get around them, but rather because these methods of avoiding bed bugs are not effective in the first place.
Bed bugs have adapted to be able to crawl up vertical surfaces and they can squeeze into very tight spaces. These abilities make it so they are able to thwart a variety of physical barriers.
What is the Best Bed Bug Treatment?
The best bed bug treatment is professional bed bug extermination. DIY bed bug treatments require a lot of patience and effort to work effectively, so it’s highly recommended that you hire a professional bed bug extermination company to handle the situation and get rid of bed bugs for good. At Magical Pest Control, we offer four types of bed bug treatment:
Speak with one of our bed bug extermination experts to determine which bed bug treatment is best for your home. To schedule an inspection, call us at (905) 738-6676 or fill out our contact form. We offer free phone consultations to help you determine the best way to get rid of bed bugs.