Top Bed Bug Myths And Facts
Bed Bugs Only Bite In The Dark?
False – Bed bugs tend to be more active at night but, they can bite at anytime All they need is a host.
Only Dirty, Cluttered Homes Get Bed Bugs?
False – Anyone can get bed bugs. Bed bugs have been found in the homes of the wealthy and poor. Unsanitary conditions will not cause bed bugs but getting rid of the clutter will help to reduce the number of places bed bugs can live and hide.
Bed Bugs Can Only Be Seen With A Magnifying Glass?
False – Bed bugs are small but can be seen with the naked eye. A magnifying glass will help. Young bed bugs are about the size of a poppy seed and mature ones are about the size of an apple seed.
Do I Have Bed Bugs If I See Bite Marks?
False – Other insect bites may resemble that of bed bugs. Lice, Mites and Carpet Beetles also leave bite marks on your body. The presence of live bed bugs or their eggs will confirm their infestation in an area.
Should I Get Rid Of Infested Clothing And Furniture If I Have A Bed Bug Infestation?
False – Clothing can be laundered to get rid of bed bugs with hot water. In most cases, furniture can be treated and should only be discarded if there are no acceptable treatments that can rid them of bed bugs.
Do Bed Bugs Cause Or Spread Diseases?
False – Bed bugs have not been shown to cause or spread diseases. Some people will have an allergic reaction to bed bugs bites and excessive scratching can lead to secondary infections.
Can Bed Bugs Fly And Jump From The Floor To The Bed?
False – Bed bugs have no wings and cannot fly, jump or hop. They can, however, climb up to the bed or hitch a ride on their host.
Bed Bugs Are Only Found On The Bed?
False – Although they are called bed bugs they are not only confined to the bed. Bed bugs are commonly found in beds, on sofas, in chairs and areas near where people sleep or lounge.
Are Some People Are Not Affected By Bed Bugs?
True – Some people do not have a reaction to bed bug bites and may be unaware that bed bugs are in their home until they actually see them and by that time it is an infestation.
Can Bed Bugs Live For Many Months Without Feeding?
True – Bed bugs can live for many months without feeding, in fact, they can live up to 14 months without a blood meal.
A Bed Bug Inspection Needs Scent Detecting Dogs To Really Tell Where Bed Bugs Are?
False – Bed bug scent dogs can be helpful, but are rarely necessary. Some bed bug scent dogs can signal the presence of a bed bug even when there is none, and may even miss some, with results varying according to the training the dog receives, the experience of the handler, and several other factors.
Encasing A Mattress And Box Spring Will Prevent Future Infestations In Your Home?
False – Encasements will help prevent a mattress or box spring from becoming infested or being a reservoir for bed bugs, but bed bugs can still find their way onto a bed to bite. And if bed bugs cannot live in a mattress or box springs, they will live somewhere else. Encasements are a good tool but are not sufficient to prevent or treat an infestation. They are good when used with other treatments and preventions.
Products Can Claim To Be Effective For Bed Bugs Without Proof?
True – Pesticides registered with the Environmental Protection Agency do have to have data to back their claims. But products without pesticides, or with pesticides that are exempt from registration requirements may make exaggerated claims without proof. Use common sense. If it sounds like a miracle product, it probably isn’t. It’s rare that a product works without a retreat of infested areas.
Are Insect Foggers A Good Product To Use To Control Bed Bugs?
False – Insect foggers do not effectively control bed bugs. Insect foggers are dangerous in that they can leave unwanted residue throughout the treated area. Most insect foggers contain a flammable propellant and some have been associated with a number of fires.