Random Bedbug Facts


We get lots of questions about bedbugs. While they are annoying – there are some pretty interesting facts about bedbugs that you may be able to use in a trivia game one day.

  • Bedbugs, or cimicidae, are small parasitic insects that feed on human blood.

  • Reddish-brown, flattened, oval shaped and wingless, adult bed bugs grow to 4–5mm in length and 1.5–3mm wide.

  • To feed, the pests pierce the skin of their hosts with two hollow feeding tubes shaped like tongues.

  • With one tube it injects its saliva, which contains anticoagulants and anaesthetics, while with the other it sucks the blood of its host.

  • It takes between five to ten minutes for a bed bug to become completely engorged, after which it usually returns to its hiding place.

  • Bedbugs can cause a number of health effects including skin rashes and allergic symptoms. Worryingly, they have been found with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA.

  • The creatures were largely eradicated in the developed world in the early Forties, but since 1995 they have enjoyed an unwelcome resurgence, the reasons for which are unclear.

  • Elusive and usually nocturnal, bedbugs can be hard to spot. Aside from bite symptoms, signs include fecal spots, blood smears on sheets, and molts.

  • They can be found singly, but often congregate once established.

  • The problem is that victims think it’s related to hygiene so it’s a stigma. They’re terrified to think their house is dirty or that they’ve introduced something that has caused their family damage. In fact, bed bugs do not choose a dirty home over a clean one – all they are interested in is your blood.

  • Bedbugs will also feast on animals such as dogs but much like zombies they prefer the taste of humans.

  • While bed bugs are not known to carry diseases, doctors say there is still a question over whether they can transmit hepatitis B or C even though there have been no proven cases.

If you fear that your home, office or even vehicle may have fallen victim to bedbugs – then give Bug Off Pest Control a call! We are a family owned company who specializes in keeping your family safe! Call Today for your FREE bedbug analysis! (480) 370-5075