Where they hide
Bed bugs flee from the light. They hide in dark, narrow, often inaccessible places, under wallpaper, behind frames, in power sockets, bedside tables, floor cracks, beds, upholstered furniture, curtains, clothes, bags, papers, books, telephones, radios, clocks and even in recesses as thin as a credit card! These insects neither jump nor fly; they move on foot at the speed of an ant.
Bed bugs are attracted by the carbon dioxide human bodies release and sometimes by pets (dogs, cats, rodents and birds). They tend to feed mainly at night, on exposed bare skin during sleep, but in a heavily infested area, it can also bite during the day.
Bed bug bites can take up to 14 days to appear. They can be located anywhere on the body, but most often on the face, neck, arms, legs and chest. Apart from an itchy feeling, bites usually cause only a small reaction. In rare cases, they can cause a severe allergic reaction. To keep the bites from becoming infected, you should avoid scratching them and keep the wounds clean. Using an antiseptic cream or lotion as well as an antihistamine may be helpful. Consult your doctor for further information.
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