There are some disgusting bugs in the world, but I’m sure you would agree with me when I say that bed bugs sit somewhere near the top of the gross list. There is something about being eaten alive while you sleep. It’s just wrong, on so many levels. But these bugs are also veiled in mystery and intrigue. In the spirit of April’s Fools Day, see which of the following bed bug facts are true and which belong in the National Enquirer.
Bed Bugs Enjoy A Daytime Meal
Long known as a blood-eating bug that chews on its victims while they sleep, it has been discovered that these bugs can dine on humans while fully awake. They are no longer content to stay in hotels, motels, resorts, condominiums, apartment buildings, and homes, lurking in mattresses and couches. This bug has been found thriving in the seats of airplanes, taxis, buses, trains and even movie theaters, where they draw blood from their victims while in a light slumber and even fully awake.
Bed Bugs Take To The Air
Entomologists at Texas A&M discovered a bed bug species that can fly! These bugs, called Vangs, are living proof that evolution between species is not only possible, but amazingly resilient. Part bed bug, part mosquito, the Vang is able to fly short distances and land in the hair of humans. Though it has the six legs of an insect, it looks and behaves more like its eight-legged cousin, the deer tick.
K9 Bed Bug Inspectors Sniff Through Walls
Look out Underdog, K9 Bed Bug Inspectors are ready to give you a run for your money. These dogs are trained to sniff out bed bugs in all stages of development. These super dogs with their powerful sniffers can smell living bed bugs even before they hatch from their egg sacks and will turn their nose up at non-living bed bugs. Like x-ray vision, these highly trained dogs can even smell bed bugs through walls and floors, alerting their handlers to hidden infestations that are hard to detect with human inspections.
So what do you think?
Can bed bugs really eat you while you’re awake? Yup. They sure can. Those creepy little bugs administer an anticoagulant that thins blood, allowing them to draw all they need from their victim, even while fully awake.
Have flying bed bugs been discovered? Fortunately, no. Bed bugs are still on the no-fly list. If they want to munch on you, they’ll have to crawl onto you to do it.
What about bed bug sniffing super dogs? Well, they may not be super, but they have a super sense of smell. Trained dogs have been using their sniffers for years in the pursuit of drugs and ammunition. It only made sense to start using them to sniff out bed bugs. Click here to learn more about Wil-Kil’s bed bug dogs.
If you’re looking to keep bed bugs from infesting your home or business, hire a company that has K9 Inspectors and a team of bed bug control pros ready to eliminate bed bugs quickly and completely. There is no better way to protect your property from these invasive bugs.
Contact Wil-Kil today for more information on our bed bug control services.