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February 08, 2018 2 min read

Why do the bed bugs only bite me?

Certain insect pests seem to have special preferences. Take mosquito for instance. Though parasitic in nature, mosquitoes tend to bite some people more than they do to others. Something obviously is attracting them. The same goes for bed bugs, though theirs is a less pronounced. Some people with certain traits attract them more than others do.

Bed bugs, naturally, are blood suckers. They feed on nothing else but blood. The human blood is their favorite, but they won’t mind feasting on birds and mammals. Now, if you have been wondering why they keep biting you, here are things about you that is attracting them.

  1. Your Body Temperature

Thought you are the only one who likes a warm, cozy bed with a lot of warmth. Hate to break it to you; bed bugs do as well. As a matter of fact, they use their internal temperature sensor to seek out targets during the dead of nights when the lights have been turned off. So, if you are in the habit of having a warm bath before zooming off to bed, they will always come to feed.

Perhaps wrapping yourself in a cold sheet of ice might keep them off, but that would be going too extreme.

  1. The air you exhale

We breathe by inhaling oxygen and giving out carbon dioxide. Basic school science. It may surprise you to know that the carbon dioxide you exhale serves as a tracking signal to nocturnal insect pest. That’s how bugs pin point your exact location without having to do any guess work.

So, what’s the solution? Let the pesky critters have their way or have your nose wrapped to trap the critters? You would certainly not want to do any of them. Instead, turn off the ceiling or standing fan, and ensure it stays on all through the night. In so doing, you would disperse the exhaled air, making it difficult for the night crawlers to track you.

  1. Your skin

Bed bugs are lazy, much lazier than you might think. Anything thing that will stress them up is a no-no. As such, they prefer to feed on soft skin that is easy to pierce through. This also includes skin with less hair on them. So, if you have a soft, near hairless skin, they will always come for a snack.

And if you thought sleeping with tight clothing is going to keep them off, have a rethink. They know how to get what they want, when they want it. On the brighter side, applying peppermint oil to your skin before sleeping is a good counter measure. The drawback, however, is that the oil might cause an allergic reaction on your skin. Keeping them away from your home is the best preventative action you can take.

Keeping your home safe from bed bugs

Proper housekeeping is your best bet for keeping your home safe from bed bug infestation without spending much. Quarantine every fairly used item brought home, keep a watchful eyes for bugs, vacuum, and discard infested mattresses.

Why do the bed bugs only bite me

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