Why do insects bite us?
Insect bites and stings occur when an insect is agitated and seeks to defend itself through its natural defence mechanisms, or when an insect seeks to feed. Insects when feeding inject formic acid, an anti-coagulant which can cause an immediate skin reaction, often resulting in redness and swelling in the injured area.
Insects such as BedBugs, fleas and bird mites are parasites and live on the blood of animals or humans. Flea bites in general are small raised bumps the size of a pen nib where as bedbug bites will be more raised with a smooth tortoise shell bump the size of a 5p pence. Everyone reacts differently but this is what we witness as the common reaction amongst people.
Why do I get bitten more?
All of the pest feeding insects are attracted to warmth and CO2, something that we breath out and our body dissipates naturally. The main way pests search for their next victim is by tracking down our carbon dioxide output, a telltale sign of a mammal’s existence. This means your metabolic rate, or the amount of CO2 your body releases as it burns energy, is a big factor. Therefore, if you go for a run and happen to see your friends sat at the local pubs beer garden, you stop to join them for a swift half whilst perspiring, it is likley any mosquitos in the area will be gunning for you first!
Pregnant women on average have higher metabolic rates than nonpregnant women and will be even more attractive to biting insects. One study found pregnant women exhale 21% more CO2 than their nonpregnant counterparts. Pregnant women are also at another disadvantage: their body temperatures tend to be higher, another biting pest attractor!
Why do Women get bitten more by BedBugs?
In general women tend to have less hair on their bodies than men. A bedbug is a flat insect horizontally as opposed to a flea which is a flat insect vertically. The easiest way to look at this is to hold your hand out flat, that’s the bedbugs shape when moving. Now turn it side on, that’s the fleas body shape when moving. A flea can swim through hair, where as a bedbug clumsily struggles to manoeuver itself to get a smooth flat area to take a bite and begin feeding. This is the main reason in general women get more bites than men by bedbugs.
Further help and advice
If you require any further help and advice with a current infestation then don’t hesitate to get in touch.