Bed bugs, or bed fleas, feed on human blood. Preferring to operate at night, they hide in bedroom furniture and mattresses where they are likely to find a blood meal.
Sensitivity to bedbug bites varies from person to person, and children can have particularly severe reactions. To date, bedbugs do not spread disease. However, they are known to cause serious sleep disorders and psychosis. They can also cause anemia and chronic blood loss.
Emptying and cleaning your luggage after every trip is essential. Your bathroom is the ideal place for this. You will be able to see the insects falling on the floor more easily and act before they colonise your home. The best way to control bedbugs is to prevent them from entering your house or hotel.
Although they do not transmit disease, bedbug bites can trigger strong allergic reactions. In addition to the itching, people who have been severely bitten may develop sleep disorders and paranoia.