Where do bed bugs naturally reside?

April 17, 2015 by Doug Moore

The bed bugs species that feeds on humans are never found in nature.

They exist primarily in fabrics, luggage, furniture, and in cracks of wood. They have evolved to become discreet hitchhikers. They are known to flourish in countries where pest control is unaffordable or nonexistent.

There are some subspecies within the family Cimicidae that primarily are the parasites of bats or birds, and they are also known to bite people. These species are similar in appearance but there are distinct differences from the wild species that feed on wild animal hosts

Bed bugs indoors

Bed bugs can survive extremely lengthy durations in hiding in clothing or even on the host until they find a proper area to sustain a population.

Part of bed bugs’ particular skill set of going unnoticed has made it easily transported by luggage, clothing, beds, furniture, and other items they can tuck away in.

Another way bed bugs enter homes and are transported is in used beds, couches, and other used furniture.

This makes frequently traveled and lodging areas highly problematic areas for bed bugs. The most problematic areas are like hotels, apartments, and dormitories. Due to frequent traffic in these areas, it increases the chance for encountering bed bugs.

Unlike other insects that are attracted to dirty and filthy settings, it is not the case with bed bugs. The cleanest homes, buildings, rooms, furniture, and fabrics can be infested.

The fact that the bed bugs solely feed on blood, any location they are introduced can be at risk.

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