Bed bugs will live wherever they can get a human blood meal. They don’t seek out pricey apartments but they will gladly live in one if humans are living in it. New York City’s Upper East Side has an increasing number of bed bug infested apartments. Unfortunately the value of apartments may be lowered if it’s known they have bed bugs. Upper East Side residents would probably prefer to be invaded by cockroaches than bed bugs.
When seeking a blood meal, the clever little bed bugs inject humans with two little tubes, one tube provides an anesthetic so the human victims won’t know they are being attacked and it also provides an anti-coagulant so the the blood will flow. The other tube extracts the blood. Sometimes the bed bug bites are placed in threes in a straight line or a triangle.
Bed bug monitors are valuable assets for those living in bed bug infested areas such as New York City or New Jersey and elsewhere.