Whether you are a constant traveler or just the average citizen, there is a good chance you have heard a great deal about bed bugs. With as many as one out of every five Americans having an experience with bed bugs, this is on hot topic that has everyone's skin crawling when they pull down the sheets. Even though everybody is talking, there is a good chance you have not heard everything there is to know about these biting nighttime critters. Here are five interesting facts about bed bugs that you probably did not know.

1. Bed bugs can live for months without eating at all. They can lay dormant in luggage, on furniture, or in clothing for long periods until another food source is found.

2. Contrary to popular belief, bed bugs do not come out to feed nightly in most cases. In fact, the bugs will typically feed and then go into hiding somewhere near the food source for as long as ten days while their meal digests.

3. Bed bugs are not just found in homes, apartments and hotels. They hang out just about anywhere they can find a host for feeding. This can include modes of public transportation, movie theaters, and even laundry facilities. You cannot even rule out finding the insects in retail stores and schools.

4. Bed bugs are resilient creatures that have been a part of human history for centuries. There is actually evidence that bed bugs were an issue as early as 400 B.C. in ancient Greece. They were even mentioned by Aristotle. Some historians even believed that bed bugs had some form of medicinal value to humans.

5. Clutter is a bed bug's best friend. The more clutter you have in your dwelling, the more likely it will be that bed bugs decide to call your home their own. They like to hide out and when there is a lot of clutter, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of places to hide for mating, laying eggs, and digesting food.

When you know a few facts about bed bugs, it is easy to understand why they have thrived for so long and can be so hard to get rid of without pest control. If you suspect that you have encountered bed bugs in your home, it is crucial to talk to a pest control agent in your area to get help.  (For more information, contact Cavanaugh's Professional Termite & Pest Services)