In recent years the dreaded bed bug has made quite the comeback, from near extinction back into the world of pest control. This tiny pest is not just a local problem but national, and even global in nature. Bed bugs are a horrid pest to find in your home, apartment, or while you are traveling. Unfortunately in its new wave, the bed bug has brought with it some misconceptions about its spread as well as successful treatment methods. Here are the top 5 most common myths about bed bugs.
- Myth – Bed bugs only live in/on mattresses. This is false. While many of us think of bed bugs as exclusively living in a bed due to their name, they also can be found in rugs, chairs, furniture, planes, schools, theaters, and any number of places and surfaces where humans frequent.
- Myth – Bed bugs carry infectious diseases. This is a common misconception due to the fact that bed bugs do bite and feed off of human blood and leave red bite marks that are often itchy and irritating. There is, however, no evidence as of yet that these bugs carry or transmit disease.
- Myth – Bed bugs only inhabit dirty, unsanitary, or cluttered places. This is also untrue. While bed bugs find it easier to conceal themselves in a cluttered room, airport, or hotel, they do not need the clutter to survive as they do not feed off the mess or dirt. Despite common belief, bed bugs are attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide, not dirt or grime.
- Myth – Bed bugs are hard to spot and thus can be difficult to prevent and treat. The truth is that most people should be able to see adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs with the naked eye. They merely need to know what to look for and where to inspect to find these pests. Bed bugs typically range from ¼ to ⅜ inches long. They are flat, oval-shaped creatures that have six legs and don’t have any wings for flying. Young bed bugs may be a white-color, whereas adults can range from brown to red tones. Look in the crevices of mattresses, in chairs, your suitcase (if you travel often), in clothing, and around areas where humans sit or rest often.
- Myth – Throwing away an infested mattress solves the bed bug problem. Unfortunately, this is not true. It would be great if it were because treatment would be much easier. Once bed bugs have made their way into your living area they can crawl and move about freely. They can infest other areas of your home where they have access to human blood. Throwing your mattress or even your carpets away is not usually a viable treatment method.
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