Sunday, December 5, 2010
Are Bed Bugs Dangerous
Bed bugs are often carried into houses by clothes, luggage, furniture, and bedding. Or sometimes even by humans. Bed bugs are efficient hitchhikers and are usually transported home on luggage, clothing, beds, furniture, etc. Travelers returning from countries where bed bugs are common bring bed bugs home in their luggage or clothes. Bed bugs are predominantly night feeders, attracted to warm-blooded animals, including humans. There is currently no scientific evidence that these blood-sucking insects spread diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Bed bugs are active only at night, usually just before dawn. During the day, they hide in cracks and crevices in walls, floors, beds, and furniture. Bed bugs are tiny, reddish-brown, wingless and blood-feeding insects that prey on humans. With their flat and small bodies, these insects are masters at hiding. Bed bugs are a nuisance pest only and are not known to spread disease.