What Attracts Bed Bugs – Know Your Enemy

What Attracts Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are devious little critters that feast on you in your sleep. They aren’t fast and don’t really just lay out in plain sight for you to see them. But they do leave marks and residue. So if they are present. You might not see them. But you will know that they are there.

In this article, we will go over what attracts them. So you can be sure that you aren’t welcoming these vermin in your bed/home.

What Attracts Bed Bugs

What Attracts Bed Bugs

Unlike other bugs. Bed bugs aren’t really into food and bright lights. Neither dirt or grime. They are attracted to you. Not in a loving want to be in a relationship way either.

More like a vampire needing your blood to survive type of way. Your body provides three major things vital to a bed bug. Those are the following.

They love it. Even more surprising is that they can go weeks, months and even a year between feedings. Which makes them all the more of a headache. I will say if you do find out that you have bed bugs at your home in your bed. Do not freak out and go crazy.

You don’t have to burn your mattress. I mean it would defiantly kill the bed bugs. But now you’re without a mattress and that’s money you now how to cough up out of your pocket.

What Attracts Bed Bugs

That you really didn’t have to spend. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying it’s free to get rid of bed bugs. But there are cheaper methods than going out buying new mattresses.

If you have the money to spend then, by all means, do what you please. But if you are on a tight budget. I have alternatives for you as well.

Junk and clutter don’t really attract bed bugs. But it does help them hide. Which isn’t really a bonus for you at all.



How Do You Attract Bed Bugs

What Attracts Bed Bugs

Bed bugs believe it or not are everywhere. You can pick them up anywhere. I’ll name a few below.

  • Resturants
  • Movie Theaters
  • Hotels
  • Trains
  • Airplanes
  • Buses

So basically anywhere a lot of people are located at any given moment or have been over time. Is a prime place for Bed Bugs. Most people think bed bugs just appear over time on their bed like it grows them or something. But that is not the case.

They have latched onto you somewhere when you were out and about and you just so happen to bring them back home with you. Remember they aren’t into food and lights. So they aren’t going for that. They want you and your blood etc.

What Attracts Bed Bugs

You are in your bed for hours at a time. Not moving making you a sitting duck for bed bugs. Now that you are more vulnerable. The little friends you brought home with you know this and they come for you.

Crawling on your bed from your clothes or if you didn’t ever take them off. You basically just put them in your bed yourself unknowingly. You probably won’t notice them right away.

Because you are moving and doing other things. They aren’t going to chase you and hunt you down like mosquitos will. They strike when you are at your most defenseless stage. That being while you are asleep.

What Attracts Bed Bugs

Now that they have a safe place and they know that their food comes to them. That being you. They make a home out of your bed and start to reproduce. Now, my friend, you have bed bugs a lot of them.

It can all happen just like this. You don’t have to be a dirty person at all. You just fell victim and that’s ok. You don’t have to be the victim forever. Especially after you’ve discovered that you have a bed bug problem.



Signs That You Have Bed Bugs

What Attracts Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are small but you can see them. If you have trouble seeing this may not be the easiest thing in the world for you to do. But there are other ways to know if you have bed bugs. Like the following.

  • Eggs
  • Bug Poop
  • Bite Marks

All of these are the signs of bed bugs. It’s no coincidence that you wake up with bite marks. You have bed bugs.



How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs

What Attracts Bed Bugs

You can either pay for pest management. They get the job done. But depending on where you are in the world. It isn’t the cheapest and can be very expensive to have done.

This goes back to what I said earlier. If you have the money to spend and wish to do so.

Then more power to you. If you don’t wish to have pest management in your home and look to handle the situation yourself there are a few things you could invest for a cheaper price.

Either of these works fine if used properly. Be sure to follow the directions on how to use them correctly. If you have any product you want me to review.

Leave it in the comments area and I will do a special review on it for you. I already plan on reviewing a few bug killing products in the future. Why not add more to the list right?

What Attracts Bed Bugs

Do not put gasoline/rubbing alcohol or any other kind of home product on your bed to get rid of the bed bugs. You are now doing more harm to yourself and health than the bed bugs and have now essentially created a problem on top of a problem. Don’t do that. Either call for professional help or buy some legit bed bug killing products.




You now know what attracts bed bugs and have some key details on what to do to handle them. I will be doing product reviews here real soon. So if you are skeptical about a brand or product. Let me know and I will put it on my to-do list. Thank you for stopping by and feel free to share this information with someone you know.

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  1. I have had bed bugs problems and trust me it is such an annoying phase to go through. It is impossible to keep them away when they have infected your bed once.

    There are a few steps that we took but they tend to come back again, what tips would to give to overcome such issue?

  2. I found your article to be really interesting. Recently we had an episode where we thought we had bed bugs so we exterminated our room. It was a massive pain. Turns out I don’t think we even had bed bugs. Shame I didn’t know about the bug bombs or sprays. What we did was really expensive and a big hassle! Hopefully there won’t be a next time:)

    1. Thank you for your comment. I’m sorry you had to break the bank. But like you said hopefully it won’t be a next time

  3. I have been very concerned about dust mites and I mistakenly though you were referring to dust mites when talking about bed bugs. But I am afraid that is not the case, which means that I have a new thing to be worried about… So, how small or big are these bed bugs really and what colour are they? My previous home I remember that sometimes I woke up with pite signs in my legs ( like to little holes close to each other) I though it most unlikely was a snake but maybe a spider.

    Just few days ago I said to my husband not to take a nap under the sheets with clothes on and he asked what’s the big deal about it… Now I can tell him that bed bugs are the big deal!



    1. They are very small and brown. But if you look closely enough you can see them. From the sound of things you may have a bedbug case on your hands. Sleeping with clothes that you’ve worn outdoors and around other people is a no no. That’s a perfect way to get bedbugs

  4. I had one attack from bed bugs before and it was the worst experience ever. It was during college that I returned to the dormitory after a 2 months break.

    The night I slept on the mattress, I was already itching. When I woke up the next morning, there were rashes all over my legs. By noon, I was scratching profusely to the point that my skin bleed.

    We came to the conclusion that something was wrong with the mattress and didn’t even bother to treat it. We just threw it away but it took me weeks before I fully recovered from the bacterial infection and scratch marks.

    So moral of the story, if the bed hasn’t been slept for a long time, put it under the sun or simply change it.

    1. Wow that had to suck and your right always clean and expect a mattress that hasn’t been used in a while. Even if it means you have to use extreme measures.

  5. Thank you for a great article. I know a little about bed bugs but never knew they can go up to a year without eating, that is a creepy thought.

    We had a problem in the past with bed bugs and used one of the bombs to treat, also after the treatment we placed an cover over our mattress and pillow cases. We did clean away the junk and clutter too. That has seemed to help.

    Again I never knew that there were so many places that you can pick up bed bugs.

  6. Hello and thanks for sharing this is some good information on bed bugs, Many years ago I did studies on these bugs and it is amazing to what they can do and how the survive. Your post is very informative and very detailed. Just like me and many of your other readers Im sure your willlove what you are sharing and will take a delight in the information that is on your website. Thanks again for sharing this good information.

    1. Thank you for your comment and I’m appreciate the kind words. Bedbugs are survivors and are built to last

  7. This is interesting. I was not aware that blood attracts bed bugs. I’m glad to hear that there are alternative methods to getting rid of bed bugs if you have them that don’t involve tossing out the mattress.

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