There are many myths surrounding bed bugs. One popular myth is that these bugs prefer specific types of blood. In fact, bed bugs have a specific blood type, which they have been raised on since birth. A recent study in the Journal of Circadian Rhythms looked at the feeding habits of different species of bed bugs.
The best way to eliminate these pests is to prevent them from entering your home. The first step to preventing bed bugs is to inspect your bed and box spring. These areas provide many hiding places for bed bugs, including under the box spring and along the seams. If you find any holes or tears in your box spring or mattress, you can remove it to inspect it. You should also examine any wooden support boards and headboards for signs of bedbug infestation.
Bedbugs recognize human body heat and CO2, so they like to congregate around a human host. Unlike other bugs, they can detect human warmth and are attracted to fabrics. This makes your bed an ideal home for them, as they feed at night. The CDC states that bed bugs typically stay within eight feet of a sleeping human. However, in some cases, bedbugs can travel as far as 100 feet to find a blood meal.
Moreover, bed bugs prefer bedding and clothing items that were previously used. Thus, they tend to gather around those items, which smell like them. They are attracted to these items because they give them the perfect hiding place.