Bed bugs are a persistent nuisance and aren’t picky when it comes to when they decide enter a home or business. Bed bugs are around all winter, bed bugs can be a big problem in the fall, they may travel home with you in the summer, and they are also around in the spring. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation and myths surrounding these tiny pests, which can make it challenging to deal with an infestation effectively. In this article, we will debunk some of the most common bed bug myths, and provide you with accurate information to help you combat these unwanted visitors.
Common Bed Bug Myths
Bed bugs can pose a health risk and are a major nuisance all year long. These little critters are one of the most resilient pests that many people face and also the most unwanted visitors a home or business owner may come in contact with. If you have signs of bed bugs around your home or business, you may want to find out more about these creepy-crawlies; however, it’s important to know, that everything you read may not be true. Below we review some common bed bugs myths and debunk them.
Myth 1 | You Can’t See a Bed Bug: There are different stages of a bed bug’s life, and in all of them, they vary in size; however, you should be able to see adult bed bugs, nymphs, and eggs with your naked eye. While it’s true that bed bugs are small, typically about the size of an apple seed, they are not invisible; in fact, adult bed bugs are visible to most people, especially when they have recently fed and their bodies are engorged with blood. Bed bug eggs and nymphs are smaller and harder to spot, but with careful inspection, you can detect their presence, particularly in the seams of mattresses, furniture, and other hiding spots.
Myth 2 | Bed Bugs are Only Found in Dirty Places: One of the most common myths about bed bugs is that they are only attracted to dirty or unsanitary conditions. In reality, bed bugs are equal opportunity invaders and can infest any environment, regardless of cleanliness. According to the EPA, bed bugs are not attracted to dirt and grime; they are attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide; however, clutter does offer more hiding spots. Bed bugs can be found in everything from luxury hotels to immaculate homes. Cleanliness alone cannot prevent or eliminate a bed bug infestation.
Myth 3 | Bed Bugs Transmit Disease: There have been no cases or studies that indicate bed bugs transmit diseases between humans (EPA). While their bites may cause itching, redness, and discomfort, they are not carriers of infectious agents. It is important to note that bed bug bites can lead to secondary skin infections if they are scratched excessively and some people may have allergic reactions to these bites.
Myth 4 | Bed Bugs are Only Found in Beds: While they are called “bed bugs”, a common bed bug myth is that these critters only infest beds. It’s true that they do prefer to hide in and around sleeping areas; however, they can invade other furniture, such as sofas, chairs, and even wall hangings, and hide in corners, moldings, and other areas. They are the ultimate hitchhikers and can be transported via luggage, clothing, or other personal belongings, allowing them to spread throughout a home or business or travel to new locations easily.
Myth 5 | Bed Bugs Won’t Come Out in a Brightly Lit Place: While bed bugs prefer darkness, keeping the light on at night won’t deter these pests. These nuisances may be more active at night and are often associated with nocturnal feeding habits; however, they can adapt their behavior to feed during the day, and in bright well-lit areas, if necessary.
Myth 6 | Eliminating Bed Bugs is Easy and can be DIY: There are many proposed DIY methods for bed bug control, ranging from using essential oils to vacuuming extensively, unfortunately, most of these methods are ineffective in eradicating a bed bug infestation completely. Bed bugs are resilient pests that can survive for months without feeding and have developed resistance to many common pesticides. The EPA states, “Bed bug control can only be maintained through a treatment strategy that includes a variety of techniques plus careful attention to monitoring. Proper use of pesticides may be part of the strategy, but will not by itself eliminate bed bugs.” To effectively eliminate bed bugs, it’s crucial to consult with a professional pest control company experienced in bed bug treatment.
Understanding the truth behind common bed bug myths is essential for effectively dealing with an infestation. It’s important to remember that timely intervention and professional assistance are key to successfully eradicating bed bugs from your home or business.
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