Do Bed Bugs Stay On Your Body? What’s the Real Truth?

No bed bugs are not the type of parasites that stay on your body. A bed bug feeds on your blood and crawls back to its harborage. The harborages are typically in the seams around your bed, furniture crevices, or even behind the artwork.

Bed bugs feed for 7-15 minutes, and if disturbed, they move over to a new spot. Which is one of the reasons why people can get bites in a line.

Do Bed Bugs Stay on Your Body?

No, bed bugs do not stay on your body. However, if one crawls onto you in the middle of the night to feed, and you get up to go the bathroom, it may stay on you for a short time.

The bed bug’s goal is to feed, so once it has done this, it will move away and return to its harborage. As we mentioned above, you can accidentally carry a bed bug while feeding into another area of your home.

Do Bed Bugs Stay On Your Body?

Can Bed Bugs Stay on Your Body All Day?

No, a bed bug will likely not stay on your body all day. However, bed bugs can be caught in a seam or a pocket and be on your clothing all day. A bed bug does not attach itself to human skin like a tick. Here is a link to our article on “tick vs bed bug” to learn more about parasites that will stay on you.

Then there are fleas which are also not known to stay on the human body. But a flea will remain on its dog, cat, or another furry host. Learn more about the differences between a flea vs a bed bug here.

Do Bed Bugs Attach to Your Skin?

Bed bugs do not attach to your skin like a tick. Since a tick goes through a life stage where its commonly misidentified as a poppy seed, you need to be careful. So if you wonder if bed bugs embed in your skin, the answer is “no.” Below we will discuss how bed bugs feed, which will shed some light on whether or not bed bugs attach to your skin.

How Do Bed Bugs Feed?

Bed bugs have a beak which is a modified piercing-sucking mouth. A bed bug has a needle-like tube piercing the skin and probing around for a vein. Once they hit a blood source, they feed for 7-15 minutes. So if you are getting bites under clothes, then more than likely, it is not bed bugs.

Do Bed Bugs Stay on Your Skin After a Shower?

No, if you jumped into the shower and there was a bed bug feeding on you, then it will likely get washed down the drain. A bed bug is not “stuck” on your skin like a tick. They insert a feeding tube, but it can easily dislodge from your skin.

Does Showering Get Rid of Bed Bugs?

Showering will get rid of a bug that is feeding on you. However, bed bugs are not the type of parasite that lives on your skin. Therefore showering is not a method for getting rid of bed bugs. If you feel bugs crawling on your skin, perhaps you have a body lice issue.

Body lice live in our clothing and travel to our skin to feed. The best way to eradicate body lice is to wash and dry all clothing and bedding. More importantly, showering won’t eliminate head or body lice either. Check out our article to learn more about body lice vs bed bugs.

Do Bed Bugs Wash Off in the Shower?

Yes, if you jump into the shower while a bed bug is feeding on you, then the bed bug will likely get washed down the drain. Bed bugs do not attach themselves to your skin like ticks, which allows them to be easily removed by a shower.

Can You Carry Bed Bugs on Your Body?

Bed bugs are hitchhikers, so you can carry one on your clothing, but they don’t live on your body. Bed bugs are the type of parasite that live “near” the host but not “on” the host.

The fact that they are great at hitching a ride is how someone can bring bed bugs to your house.

If your friend was lying in their bug-infested bed, then comes straight to your house, chances are they bring a hitchhiker to your home.

Can Bed Bugs Stay in Your Hair?

No bed bugs do live in hair. Bed bugs live in cracks and crevices near where their host sleeps. Bed bugs will not live in your scalp or hair like head lice.

If you have bed bug bites on your face, neck, and shoulders, then more than likely, the bed bugs are hiding behind your headboard or towards the top half of your bed.

So, if you are wondering, “do bed bugs get in your hair?” The simple answer is that one can crawl across your hair, but they will not set up shop in your hair like lice.

Can Bed Bugs Live in Your Nose?

The fact that we have hairs in our noses makes it unlikely for a bed bug to travel into our noses. Hairs in our nose are a defense mechanism in our body, so if a bed bug travels up the nose, the hairs will trap it. A bed bug only needs to feed on blood and retreat to its harborage.

Many studies show that bed bugs are attracted to their feces. (Two compounds in bed bug feces are sufficient to elicit off-host aggregation by bed bugs, Cimex lectularius) They tend to feed and crawl away from the blood source back to a crack or crevice.

Final Thoughts for Do Bed Bugs Stay On Your Body?

In conclusion, it is essential to be aware of the potential for bed bugs to travel on your clothes and how they may get transported on your body if they are in the middle of feeding. Although the likelihood of this happening is low, it’s better to be informed and take precautions than regret not doing so.

Regularly check yourself for bed bug bites (if you are the type that reacts to their bites), and consider contacting a professional pest control service if you suspect an infestation. Taking action early can help prevent a more significant infestation in your home and ensure everyone remains safe from these awful critters.