4 Things You Think Attract Bed Bugs But Don’t + What Does!

4 Things You Think Attract Bed Bugs But Don’t + What Does!

Bed bugs aren’t welcome in anyone’s home, but are much more common than most of us think. They’re present in huge numbers in cities all over the world and are experiencing a boom as we all travel more after the pandemic.

No creature is more adept at hitching lifts and colonizing new places and they aren’t discerning about where they call home or who they feed on. We are all at risk; from the poorest to the wealthiest, the cleanest to the dirtiest. But what attracts bed bugs?

Read on to find out 4 common misconceptions about what attracts bed bugs as well as what does, and what you can do about it!


What Attracts Bed Bugs? 4 Common Misconceptions

First, let’s bust a few myths.


Contrary to popular belief, dirt and grime do not attract bed bugs. While clutter and rubbish may provide more places for this parasite to live and hide, bed bugs are not drawn toward dirt. Even the swankiest, cleanest homes and hotels can suffer from an invasion of this biting pest.


Accessible food may attract rodents but is of no interest to bed bugs. There are lots of reasons to be careful about where and how you store food but keeping bed bugs at bay is not one of them.


Bed bugs will feed on pets but only when they can’t get to humans. Cats, dogs, and other warm-blooded pets will not make a bed bug infestation more likely though their bedding may provide refuge for these tiny critters. (That said, they do make a flea infestation more likely!)


Yes, bed bugs do prefer darkness and dark places but keeping your lights on at night will not prevent them from biting you.


So what does attract bed bugs?

The answer is simple but not of much help in avoiding the six-footed bugs: it is you.

Bed bugs are drawn by carbon dioxide and body heat from warm-blooded animals, and their favorites are humans. They find where we are and crawl their way onto our skin, where they feed for minutes at a time. They can leave red bite marks, but some people show no signs of having been bitten at all!

Beds somewhat attract bed bugs, but only because they give the bugs somewhere warm and dark to hide – think of all the nooks and crannies – and keep them close to their source of food for hours on end. Think about it, your mattress essentially serves you up for around 8 hours a night!

Note, however, that they are not restricted to beds and any gap or crack could be a hiding place, including in sofas and other fabric seating.


So what can I do to avoid getting bed bugs?

While cleanliness and neatness won’t protect you from bed bugs, being diligent while cleaning and being military about getting your washing done after traveling can. For example, keeping your bedroom clean could help you notice an infestation in the early stages (find out how to identify bed bugs here) so you can get it treated before it spreads and putting your washing on a hot wash immediately when you get back from traveling can help kill off any hitchhikers on your clothes.

If you think you may have a bed bug infestation (or even just a handful), act fast. Bed bugs multiply quickly, so it’s best to deal with them as soon as possible. Don’t bother wasting your time with DIY solutions; nothing works better than hiring the services of a reliable pest control company that can treat your home or business with a bed bug heat treatment. Heat treatments are the only truly effective way to eradicate bed bugs in all life stages.

If you live in Arizona and think you may have bed bugs or any other pest, reach out to us for a free inspection today.

Read More

Cockroaches: What You Can Do to Prevent Them From Entering Your Home

Cockroaches are among the most resilient and unwelcome guests in any home. Particularly in Arizona, where the climate can be very accommodating to these pests, homes around Phoenix and beyond might find themselves hosting these unwanted invaders. At AZEX Pest, we...

Prepping Your Home for Pest Control Services: A Guide by AZEX Pest Solutions

Pests can be a significant nuisance, posing health risks and causing damage to your property. At AZEX Pest Solutions, we understand the importance of a pest-free environment. Whether you're dealing with bed bugs, termites, rodents, or any other pests, preparing your...

Winning the Bed Bug Battle: Innovative Strategies for Hotels

In the hospitality industry, maintaining a pristine reputation is paramount. A single encounter with bed bugs can tarnish a hotel's image, leading to negative reviews and a decline in guest satisfaction. As hotel and hospitality managers, it's crucial to stay ahead in...

The Life Cycle of a Termite and Everything You Should Know

Termites are more than just unwelcome guests in your home. They are fascinating creatures with a complex life cycle and social structure, albeit destructive when it comes to wooden structures. Understanding the life cycle of a termite can provide insights into...

How We Eliminate Common Winter Pests in Arizona

As autumn fades into winter in Arizona, pests start seeking shelter from the cold nighttime temperatures. Cracks in foundation walls, gaps around pipes and wiring, and other small access points allow unwelcome guests like spiders, termites, mice, and more to sneak...

How We Eliminate Bed Bugs and Keep Them Away for Good

When it comes to your home and your comfort, there’s little worse than having bed bugs. Bed bugs feed on human blood and want nothing more than to find a way to bite you. Just as bad, once you realize you do, or may, have them in your home, you’ll find you can’t get...

Are You Traveling This Holiday Season? 5 Small Signs You Picked Up Bed Bugs & What To Do Next

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and, often, travel. But while you’re packing your bags and checking off your to-do list, there’s another concern to keep in mind: the potential for picking up bed bugs during your travels. These pesky pests,...

Winged Horrors: The Difference Between Bees, Wasps, and Hornets

October has rolled around, bringing with it the cool breeze, pumpkin spice everything, and of course, the delightful scares of Halloween. But as you gear up for a season of tricks and treats, beware of the real-life creepy crawlers lurking in your backyard – the...

Fall Pests in Arizona: Prepare for the Season

Fall in Arizona is more than just cooler breezes and golden hues; it’s also the season where we say goodbye to the dense concentration of summer pests, and hello to some new ones. As you gear up for the beauty of fall, make sure you give some thought to the bugs and...

How Much Will it Cost to Get Rid of Bed Bugs in Arizona?

If you’re dealing with a bed bug infestation in Arizona, one of the most significant considerations is the cost involved in getting rid of these unwelcome guests. When looking at the economic aspects of bed bug extermination, you need to consider not just the...