Bed Bug Behavior

 

Proximity to Host- Bed bugs are a 'nesting parasite' that hide near where people and rest and sleep. The bed bug feeds while a person or pet is at rest or sitting still. Once they have fed, bed bugs will return to hiding. Most bed bugs may be found within 8 feet of a person’s resting place. As the infestation grows, bed bugs will spread further. Bed bugs tend to live in groups, but depending on a number of factors they will move to other areas. Female bed bugs will leave a group if they have been mated multiple times.

 

Eating Habits- Bed bugs do not feed on a predictable schedule. Bed bugs mostly feed at night but they will feed during the day if they are hungry and there is a resting host. It takes between five to ten minutes for a bed bug to become completely engorged with blood.  Although bed bugs can live for a year without feeding, they normally try to feed every five to ten days.

 

Survivalist Nature-Bed bugs can actually survive for up to ONE YEAR without a food source. Bed bugs prefer warm dry hiding places. Common harborages for bed bugs include mattress box springs, joints of wood furniture, electronics, 

 

Travel-Bed bugs do not jump or fly. However, bed bugs are excellent climbers. They are capable of climbing up walls, wood, fabric, or any surface that isn't perfectly smooth.