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Bed bugs have been a gradually growing problem over the last decade. Unfortunately, they have now grown rampant in many parts of the developed world. There are only a handful of insects capable of striking terror in the hearts of Americans.
Bed bugs have certainly grown to be one. Therefore, it has become more important than ever to properly educate yourself regarding the habits of these growing nuisances. While they have been around for a long time, there is still plenty to uncover about these problematic pests.
Treating With Heat
You can check with any bed bug specialist or professional exterminator. They’ll be more than willing to tell you that heat is one of the most effective and natural ways to treat bed bugs. This is simply because they cannot survive in environments hotter than 140 degrees F.
When exposed to these temperatures for a specific amount of time, they will essentially dry out and die. Not only is this a more natural way to treat the nuisance pest, but it’s a safer way. Cold environments are also effective at eliminating these insects.
Bed bugs cannot survive in environments below 10 degrees F. Although these environments are effective at eliminating these bugs, they are harder to replicate. Therefore, heat is the chosen method of most specialists today.
Their Feeding Habits
Understanding a bed bug’s feeding habits is one of the best ways to tackle the pest. Since they are parasitic, they require blood for sustenance. You learn how to cut off their food source, and you’ll learn another effective means to begin tackling an infestation.
A popularly growing misconception is that bed bugs do not feed on pets. This is not true. Bed bugs can and will feed on dogs and cats. They just prefer the human. Humans are their go-to food source. That’s why you will most of the time find them inhabiting areas where humans sleep.
Speaking of sleep, this is the time when the insects feed. Another common misconception is that the bugs only feed during the night hours. This is not true. They feed when you sleep. If you sleep during the day, they will learn to adapt their living arrangements so they can feed when you sleep.
That is just a testament to how well-adapted these pests have become over the years.