6 Myths About Bed Bugs You Probably Still Believe

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What do you know about the insect known as the bed bug? Are you aware that they can get into your home and feed on you while you're sleeping. Have you heard that they are extremely difficult to get rid of? Both of these are true. But there are many things you may have heard about bed bugs that aren't true. We're here to set the record straight. Here are 6 myths about bed bugs that you may still believe.

Myth: Bed Bugs Are Too Small To See

Bed bugs are pretty small; but they aren't so small that you can't see them. When a bed bug first hatches, it is about 1mm long. That is hardly microscopic. An adult bed bug is 4.5 mm long. This is still small and easy to overlook, but you'll be able to see bed bugs if you expose a location of infestation.

Myth: Bed Bugs Only Infest Dirty Houses

This myth has been around forever. It probably has its roots in the fact that bed bugs leave black stains, dried bloodstains, and shed insect skins in areas of infestation. This can make locations of infestation appear dirty. But bed bugs hide in cracks, crevices, and tight spaces. They also have a strong aversion to light. You won't see infested areas out in the open. Therefore, a home that is exceptionally clean can have these dirty bugs hiding just out of view. And it is important to point out that bed bugs are not attracted to bacteria. They don't prefer a dirty home. They'll live in any home that provides access to routine blood meals.

Myth: Bed Bugs Can Only Be Found In Beds

If only this were true. It would be nice to go into a home and do an isolated treatment of infested beds. Unfortunately, bed bugs get into other furniture. And they hide under rugs. They congregate behind baseboards and crown molding. They even hide inside wall voids. This makes them difficult to exterminate.

Myth: Bed Bugs Aren't Dangerous

There are lots of bugs that bite us. Many of them are not considered a medical threat. This might lead you to believe that bed bugs aren't dangerous. But there are a few things you should understand.

  • Bed bugs live with you and continue to feed on you over a course of many months, or even years. As they grow their population, they will be drawing more blood out of you. Over time, this can lead to anemia.

  • Bed bugs bite your skin. These bite wounds can be very itchy. When you scratch them, they can become open wounds and get infected.

  • If you have a fear of bed bugs, it can cause you to lose sleep. Sleep deprivation can have many harmful effects.

  • Recent studies have shown that bed bugs are able to transmit Chagas disease. While there are currently no documented cases, entomologists are tracking this potential threat with great concern.

Myth: Bed Bugs Will Go Away On Their Own

Bugs come and go, right? Well, some do. But bed bugs do not. When bed bugs get into a home or business, they are there to stay. They don't live outside. They are indoor pests that exist almost exclusively in man-made structures.

Myth: You Can Get Rid Of Bed Bugs On Your Own

Won't count on it. It is rare for homeowners to apply control methods that actually work to get rid of bed bugs. Why? Because, there are many myths about what works to exterminate bed bugs. You can find many tips and tricks on the internet that will do nothing more than prolong your infestation and increase your misery. Some tips given on the internet can put your property and your life at risk. It is best to have a licensed pest professional deal with a bed bug infestation. This will ensure that your infestation is corrected quickly, and will help to prevent another infestation occurring on the heels of the first.

The Bottom Line

It is essential that you know the facts about bed bugs. These are resilient and pernicious pests that will decrease the health and well-being of everyone living in your home. Take quick action to resolve your infestation and help stop the spread of bed bugs to others. Remember that what goes around comes around. The faster you get containment of your infestation, the less likely you are to spread the infestation to someone else, and the less likely that the infestation will be carried right back into your home after you finally break down and call a licensed professional and pay for a treatment. For immediate assistance with bed bugs in Texas, contact Innovative Pest Control today. 

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