Bed Bug Diet/Bites:
Bed bugs are most active during dawn. They are attracted by warmth and to the presence of carbon dioxide. Much of their feeding occurs before sunrise. However there have also been observed to feed throughout the day at any time when given the opportunity, which generally occurs during heavier infestations.
Bed bug bites look very similar to that of mosquito bites. Sometimes their bites can be distinguished by its unique biting patterns which are in rows or clusters. Many refer to it as their ‘breakfast, lunch, and dinner’.
Bed bugs have piercing mouth parts made of two tubes. One side of the tube injects an anesthetic like saliva into the host to prevent the host from feeling any pain or discomfort during feeding.
Although bed bugs are known to survive without a food source for over 18months, they usually seek after a blood meal about every 5-10 days.
Bed bug bite symptoms:
Bed bug bites may not be immediately noticed. Generally, their bites are felt after several minutes to several hours later.
Symptoms may vary depending upon the individual. A common symptom is red welts and itching. Some may even have little or no reaction to the bed bug bites. The red welts may be a result of an allergic reaction to their anesthetic saliva.