Bed bugs are one of the most dreaded pest problems in the nation, and it’s easy to understand why. Not only do these bloodsucking pests bite you in the night, they also can spread throughout your home. Bed Bug Awareness Week is here, making now the perfect time to learn what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to bed bugs. Because these pests incite so much fear, it’s important to separate the myths from reality in order to be better prepared for a possible infestation. The team at Western Exterminator, formerly Pratt Pest is here to dispel common myths about bed bugs–read on to learn more!
Bed Bug Myths–Debunked
If you have had bed bugs in the past, you know they can cause a lot of distress. Much of the fear surrounding these bugs, however, is based off of common myths about bed bugs. Here are some of the ones we hear most often:
- Bed bugs are nocturnal.
- Bed bugs are active when their hosts are at rest. This obviously means they are often most active at night, but they can also adjust their schedule to feed during the day!
- Bed bugs only infest beds and bedrooms.
- Bed bugs gather near areas where people rest. This can include sofas, chairs, cracks in the wall, and even power outlets in any part of your home.
- Bed bugs are too small to see without a magnifying glass.
- Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and often group together, making them easy to spot. Nymph bed bugs are much smaller and translucent, which is why they’re rarely seen.
- Bed bugs jump and fly.
- Unlike fleas and ticks, bed bugs cannot jump or fly. They have underdeveloped wings, and can only move by crawling.
- Bed bugs are attracted to messy or dirty homes.
- This is one of the most common myths about bed bugs. Whether your home is clean or dirty, a bed bug infestation can happen in any property.
- Bed bugs latch onto or burrow into your skin.
- Bed bugs will not latch onto you. After they feed, bed bugs prefer to retreat back to their hiding spot.
- Bed bugs transmit dangerous diseases with their bites.
- Bed bug bites will leave you with red, itchy marks. Thankfully, their bites do not transmit any dangerous diseases as mosquitoes do.
- Bed bugs can live a year without a blood meal.
- While they definitely can survive months without a meal, it is very unlikely for bed bugs to survive an entire year unless under optimal conditions
Can You Get Rid of Bed Bugs Yourself?
In addition to the above myths about bed bugs, there is a lot of false information online claiming you can get rid of bed bugs with a hair dryer, DIY or all-natural methods, or throwing out infested items. Unfortunately, these are not true. The only way to make sure you get rid of all bed bugs in your property is to enlist the expertise of a professional bud bug control company. To learn how Western Exterminator can keep you safe from bed bugs, contact us today.