25 Most Disturbing Facts About Bed Bugs

Posted by , Updated on March 24, 2024

For a long time, many of us considered bed bugs as a problem of days gone by. The adage, “Sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite,” virtually became nonsensical. However, bed bugs have made a comeback. Their developed resistance to pesticides has led to a rise in their pervasiveness and tenacity. Even worse, attempting to eliminate them proves extremely difficult and nearly impossible. Although they generally don’t provoke serious health issues, their presence is far from desirable; it’s certainly in your best interest to eradicate them. Curious about these nocturnal pests? Check out these 25 Most Disturbing Facts About Bed Bugs.


Adult bed bugs are about the size, shape and color of an apple seed.

bed bugsSource: https://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/bed-bugs-appearance-and-life-cycle

They hide when you're awake and find clever hiding spots.

Bed bugs grossSource: http://rockymountainbedbug.com/blog/2016/09/10-facts-you-may-not-know-about-bed-bugs-part-1

Bed Bugs are literally all over the world, including all 50 States. You can't escape.

earthSource: http://www.pestworld.org/news-hub/pest-articles/six-facts-you-didnt-know-about-bed-bugs/

Bed Bugs can survive a long time without food. How long? Try five months.

adult bed bugSource: https://www.terminix.com/bed-bug-control/behavior/diet/living-without-food/

They're feeding patterns are nocturnal; they'll create a line of bites from your exposed skin on up.

bug bitesSource: https://www.terminix.com/bed-bug-control/behavior/

Bed Bugs might make you paranoid and anxious. Those who have dealt with infestations might think they're still there when they really aren't.

ParanoidSource: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/10/bed-bug-madness-the-psychological-toll-of-the-blood-suckers/381447/

Female bed bugs lay one to seven eggs per day. Meaning, if they found your bed, it's probably covered in them.

bed bug infestSource: https://www.terminix.com/bed-bug-control/life-cycle/reproduction/

Bed Bugs feed on your blood to survive, using an anesthetic in their saliva while biting so you don't notice it.

bed bug feedSource:https://www.terminix.com/bed-bug-control/behavior/

It only takes 3 to 10 minutes for bed bugs to feed until they're engorged with your blood.

bed bug nymphSource: https://www.terminix.com/bed-bug-control/behavior/

Their breeding habits are horrific. Using the strategy of traumatic insemination, male Bed Bugs stab the female's abdomen and injects sperm into the wound.

traumatic inseminationSource: https://www.livescience.com/42297-bed-bugs-facts-information.html

A clean home doesn't mean you don't have Bed Bugs. Though, it does help to reduce the number of hiding spaces by removing clutter.

Living_RoomSource: https://www.thoughtco.com/myths-about-bed-bugs-1968616

Bed Bugs evolved tens of thousands of years ago to feed on human flesh. Before they were content with other animals, but now they live only for our blood.

bed bug bitesSource: http://www.connorspest.com/blog/7-most-terrifying-facts-about-bed-bugs

Even luxury five star hotels have been infested with Bed Bugs.

waldorfSource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3438634/Five-star-hotels-infested-BED-BUGS-major-surge-blood-sucking-insects-New-York-City.html

Not only can you get disgusting Bed Bug bites, but you could have an allergic reaction to them. It can cause asthma attacks and anaphylaxis.

asthmaSource: http://acaai.org/news/allergic-bed-bugs

Bed Bugs are hitchhikers and can travel in your suitcase, mattress, pillow case, laptop case, and pretty much anything else it finds.

bed bugSource: https://www.moyerpest.com/blog/post/how-do-bed-bugs-hitchhike

They aren't just in mattresses but have been found in subways, theaters, and ferries.

theaterSource: http://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/04/01/bedbugs-not-just-confined-to-beds-infestation-spreading-to-subways-theaters-and.html

Bed Bugs have been found to spread the deadly and drug resistant bacterium known as MRSA.

mrsaSource: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health/bedbugs-may-play-role-in-spread-of-mrsa-under-some-conditions-study-finds/2011/05/11/AFsehKqG_story.html?utm_term=.dca76c6e1de6

You'll know you have an infestation if there are blood stains on your sheets, dark spots of Bed Bug excrement, or an offensive musty odor from their scent glands.

bed bug evidenceSource: https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/bedbugs-infestation#2

If you want to kill them, you might have to use a freezer set to 0 degrees Fahrenheit. And it takes up to four days.

freezerSource: https://www.bedbugs.umn.edu/bed-bug-control-in-residences/freezing

To make matters worse, Bed Bugs have grown resistant to pesticides.

bed bug pestSource: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/bed-bugs-resistant-pesticides-study-finds/story?id=46702348

Throwing away your furniture to buy new furniture won't do anything, and your new furniture will just get bed bugs, too.

furnitureSource: https://www.bedbugs.umn.edu/what-not-to-do

At the same time, moving away from your house to be rid of Bed Bugs will likely only bring the Bed Bugs with you.

movingSource: https://www.bedbugs.umn.edu/what-not-to-do

You might have to resort to drastic measures by hiring a dog that'll sniff out the Bed Bugs.

BedbugSniffingDogSource: http://americank9pi.com/testimonials/

Bed Bugs have been known to cause massive lawsuits, leading to major legal fees.

gavelSource: https://www.terminix.com/bed-bug-control/facts/

Bed Bugs could kill you. It's very rare, but one elderly woman in Pennsylvania died of sepsis (blood infection) due to a Bed Bug infestation.

cemeterySource: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/02/25/bedbugs-kill-woman-caretaker-faces-charges/98408062/

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