Count Dracula, Lestat, and Edward Cullen — the usual names that come to mind when talking about vampires. They are also completely fictional, however. In the real world, vampires are the creepy crawlies that reside in and around your bed: bed bugs. They come out to feed on your blood as you eagerly get in bed after a long day at work or school.

Here are some things you need to know about the very small, yet very real, vampire bugs.

What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped insects that feed on the blood of either humans or animals. Unlike mosquitoes, their bloodsucking cousins, they can neither fly nor transmit diseases. They can, however, move quickly along surfaces.

Where Do They Hide?

Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not only reside in your bed, although their common hiding places include mattresses, bed frames, headboards, and box springs. Their tiny flattened bodies allow them to fit in baseboards, carpets, sofas, and other furniture too.

The presence of bed bugs, however, does not mean that your home is dirty. Keep in mind that they live on blood, not filth.

What Happens When They Bite?

Because they initially stay in your bed, bed bugs can easily bite any exposed part of your skin while you’re asleep and suck your blood. You won’t end up in hospitals for lack of blood when they do, but you will most likely end up with itchy welts or bruises. To avoid irritated skin, make sure you get rid of the bugs as soon as you notice their presence.

At Yes Pest Pros, Inc., we offer bed bug extermination in Elkhart and Indiana. Our safe and effective bed bug control service is a cost-effective solution that won’t wake you up with an itchy feeling or bruised skin. Feel free to explore our website to learn more about it.