Have you ever noticed that most bugs are perfectly happy to leave us alone? Shake a bush and most insects will fly away from you. Try to squash a spider and it will try to run away.
But there are some bugs that are just jerks. Mosquitoes come to mind. You might chase a wasp or yellow jacket away, but it will rush you and send you screaming back into the house. And, of course, bed bugs aren’t about to leave us alone — those little pains in the butt (literally, sometimes).
So, much like coyotes, bed bugs thrive because they’ve learned to adapt to the modern human world. Why do they like us so much? Why won’t they leave us alone? Why are things so bad when they set up their home in our home?
1. We Tell Them Where We Are
As we’ve mentioned many times, bed bugs are primarily attracted by the carbon dioxide (CO2) that humans exhale. We might be moving around for most of the time we spend in our house or at least be conscious of things crawling on us as we sit. But when we’re sleeping, we’re staying in one place and are breathing constantly, letting them know exactly where we are.
To make things worse, we’re not stirring up air current and dispersing the CO2 when we sleep, so it all just remains close to us. That cloud we accumulate might as well be a cartoon word bubble saying “come bite me” to the bed bugs.
2. We’re Deep Sleepers
Compared to most mammals, humans are very deep sleepers. If you have any pets, you’ve probably noticed that they tend to wake up insanely fast and are ready to move when something exciting is going on. Prey animals, such as rabbits, even sleep with their eyes partially open. They’re always ready to bolt at the first sign of trouble!
But humans are conscious of the fact that we’re safe, even when we’re asleep. We know that there aren’t bears about to break in, and there are no wolves amassing outside our door. (And even if there are wolves, they don’t have the keys to your front door.) It's this reason, we tend to sleep deeply.
That means that we’re not easily roused by the biting of the bed bug (which already uses an anesthetic to numb your skin before biting, much like a mosquito does). But we’re also not being woken as they crawl along on our body hair, which means they can hike around our body, find that perfect picnic spot, and suck and suck without waking us up.
3. We Provide A Safe Space
Before the invention of houses, most bed bugs would be searching for some mammal to dine on. But there would also be 100 spiders every few feet trying to catch them, assassin bugs waiting for them to pass by, ambush bugs laying in wait to suck out their bug juices.
But humans love to keep insects out of their house (your interest in bed bug spray kind of confirms that). So those natural predators aren’t in our house, which means that once bed bugs are in your home, there’s nothing to take them out. Well, except for our natural bed bug killing products!
4. There’s Nothing Else For Them To Feed On
If you’re out camping under the stars and a bed bug bites you, it will retreat to a safe place by the time you wake up. But if you’re gone, it’s not necessarily going to look for a human host. It’s going to feed on any mammal it can find, so when a raccoon stops by to clean up the campfire crumbs you left, it’s going to get its blood sucked. The night after that it might be a mouse, and then a squirrel.
But when it comes to bed bugs, we’ve taken away all of their food sources...except for ourselves! (and our pets, unfortunately). Instead of giving them a fresh target every night, we’ve trapped them in our house, given them a safe, soft place to stay, and put out our skin buffet in the same place every night. Unless you want to let the raccoons into your bedroom every night, it’s best to find a natural remedy for bed bugs that work.
5. We Taste Good
We have blood, therefore we taste good to them. While the same meal night after night might not appeal to you, bed bugs have no such qualms about slurping the same blood every night.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing that we eat that can affect our blood so much that they’ll leave us alone. Eat all the garlic you want, but the bed bugs are still going to dine on you every night.
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