Bed bugs can’t bite through clothes, but they sure can creep through your clothes. Bed bugs are like hitchhikers and are usually hitching rides on people’s clothing. This is a particular problem for places where many people’s clothes are frequently touching chairs and beds, like in hotels, motels, and apartments. Infestations can also occur when you bring home used furniture, mattresses, or clothing.
Asking yourself ‘can bed bug bite through clothes‘ is the wrong question. You should be asking yourself ‘what happens if bed bugs are inside your clothes?’.
About bed bug bites
Bed bugs pierce people’s skin with two hollow tubes. One tube injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anesthetics, while with the other withdraws your blood. After feeding for a few minutes, the bed bug returns to its hiding place in the crevice of your clothes or bed sheets. One of the strangest things about bed bug bites are that they are usually felt many minutes or hours later. Even though bed bugs can live for over a year without feeding, they typically seek blood every five to ten days. Repeated exposures to bed bug bites can cause people to become sensitized to the saliva of the bed bugs. This causes mild to intense allergic responses, like skin lesions that resembles mosquito bites, flea bites, spider bites or poison ivy.
To learn more about bed bug bites, contact us or call us today at (905) 738-6676 to speak to one of our bed bug removal specialists.