We’ve all wished someone a good night’s sleep using the phrase, “Sleep tight, and don’t let the bedbugs bite!” However, real bedbugs, which are tiny, round, brown insects that feed off human and animal blood, are actually a nightmare to deal with and rid your home of.
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Although bedbugs create quite the nuisance—they don’t carry or transmit diseases, and they don’t favor dirty surroundings. However, these tiny nuisances do stow away in luggage. Here are eight things you need to known about bed bugs…
1. How Bedbugs Enter your Home
Bedbugs are wily little insects. They typically stow away, undetected, in luggage, but can infest a home if they’ve already set up residence in a used mattress, couch, or recycled clothing.
Bedbugs are shaped like flat ovals—and they’re about the size of an apple seed and the width of a credit card, which makes it easy for them to squeeze into hidden spaces. However, when they feed on a blood meal, a bedbug’s body will swell up and turn red in color.