Fortunately, bed bugs do not live on people. Unlike parasites such as ticks, lice and tapeworms, bed bugs do not live in or on humans. Though they feed on people, bed bugs are usually only active and visible on or around humans at feeding times.
When Do Bed Bugs Bite If They Don’t Live on People?
Bed bugs are attracted to heat and carbon dioxide, so when you’re fast asleep and breathing out carbon dioxide in a confined space, they sneak out from their hiding spaces and feed. Bed bug bites are the only trace of them you’ll see on your body. Bed bug bites look a lot like mosquito bites and tend to be itchy, though some people have no reaction to bed bug bites at all.
Though they don’t live on people, bed bugs do like to live in close quarters with humans, and will often gravitate to places where people sleep. This means bedrooms – especially mattresses, bedclothes, night tables, headboards, etc. – are a common place to find bed bugs. That said, bed bugs can hide virtually anywhere in your house, but are most often found in places where you spend a lot of time doing sedentary activities.
How Do Bed Bugs Transfer From Home to Home?
Though bed bugs do not live on people for long periods of time, they’ve been known to hitch a short-term ride on people’s clothing or luggage as a means of migrating from one place to another.
This is why if you visit an infested hotel, or another location that has bed bugs, you should carefully check your clothing and any items you brought with you for bed bugs before you enter your home. For more tips to prevent bringing bed bugs home from travelling, read our tips.
Need a Bed Bug Inspection From Trained Professionals?
If you’re concerned that there are bed bugs in your home, give Magical Pest Control a call at (905) 738-6676. Our highly-trained bed bug exterminators will complete a thorough bed bug inspection to determine if there are bed bugs present. If the bed bug inspection reveals a bed bug infestation, our bed bug exterminators will suggest the best method of treatment for your home.