Asked in Bedbugs
How do you get bedbugs?
October 18, 2009 3:50PM
Beds get bedbugs not people. The way they get into your bed could be from some second hand furniture you brought into your home, such as a second hand bed, or table or cupboard or anything else which a bedbug has laid eggs in a crevice or crack in that item of furniture probably without the person selling it knowing.
Another common way is if you or somebody who lives in the same home as you goes away on holiday and a female bedbug lays an egg or eggs in their luggage, which they bring back into your home and after unpacking do not see the tiny eggs which will be stuck to a hard surface somewhere inside the luggage. Another way is if a bedbug in another home very near to yours comes through the wall into your home, perhaps because it is getting overcrowded where it was.
In all such cases when you are asleep, your breath can be detected by the newly born bedbug nymph wherever the egg hatches, and it instinctively will make for the source of that breath, because it recognises it as a food source, its meal being your blood which it needs to sip to live.
So once it has found the source is you, it will climb up into the bed you are in, crawl on to you and inject an anaesthetic into you so you can not feel anything there, and then insert a tiny tube into you, through which it will suck blood out of you.
Once it has completed its first meal off you in that bed, it will crawl off you and make its base very near to where you sleep, the most likely place being in the folds of your mattress. It is likely to come back for more meals off you on subsequent nights while you are asleep, while it goes through five different moulting stages before it becomes an adult bedbug. Then if its a female it can start laying more bedbug eggs, so in time your bed will become infested as more and more bedbug nymphs get born, unlesss and until you have discovered you have a bedbug problem in your bed and taken steps to get rid of them.