Bed bugs are obligate blood-feeders, capable of feeding on any warm-blooded animal. However, humans are their preferred hosts due to the accessibility of exposed skin.
These pests are typically found in close proximity to sleeping areas, hiding in small cracks and crevices.
During a feeding, bed bugs inject saliva to prevent blood clotting and an anesthetic to ensure the host remains unaware. While they do not transmit diseases, their bites can result in itchy, red welts.
Avoid picking up discarded mattresses or padded furniture left outdoors. Regularly inspect bed linens for any signs of blood spots. When traveling, keep suitcases elevated and covered. Carry a flashlight to aid in bed bug inspections. Upon returning from a trip, wash all clothing in hot water. If you suspect a bed bug infestation, seek professional pest management assistance promptly.