What do you know about bed bugs—besides the fact that they get into beds and bite people while they sleep? Do you know that a lot of what you think you know about bed bugs is probably wrong? The insect we call the bed bug is Cimex lectularius. It has been around for a very long time. Some scientists believe that bed bugs lived with us when we lived in caves. But they feel a little bit like a new pest problem here in the United States because the mass use of DDT in the 1950s made Americians distasteful to these pests. After the ban of DDT, bed bugs have returned, and they have returned with a vengeance. The more you know about these tormenting pests, the better. Here are some common myths you might still believe about bed bugs.
Myth — Bed Bugs Only Live In Beds
While your bed is going to be a prime location for bed bugs to live, it is far from the only place they infest. A bed bug will get into any tight crack and dark space.
- They can be found in bed stands, couches, chairs, computer desks, dressers, and other furniture.
- They can be found in alarm clocks, stereos, computers, and other electronics.
- They can be found behind baseboards, under carpets, in electrical outlets, behind crown molding, and inside wall voids.
- They can be found in duffel bags, book bags, backpacks, pocketbooks, luggage, boxes, and more.
Pro Tip: Do not throw your bed, or some other piece of furniture, out of your home to get rid of your infestation. It isn't likely to correct your problem.
Myth — Bed Bugs Only Feed On People While They Sleep
Bed bugs can be activated by an increase in carbon dioxide in a room. This is one of the reasons they feed at night. They also have a preference for darkness. But, while bed bugs are more likely to feed on sleeping people, they don't only feed on people once they're asleep. A bed bug can feed on you while you're fully awake. All they need is a dark location. This is why bed bugs have been found infesting:
- Movie theaters
- Taxi cabs
- Office spaces
- Retails stores
- And more
Pro Tip: Always be on the lookout for bed bug warning signs, even when you're not spending the night somewhere, and even when you're in a business that doesn't have beds.
Myth — Bed Bugs Only Infest Dirty Homes
While bed bugs definitely like a cluttered home because they like tight spaces and it allows them to go longer without being detected, they're not just found in cluttered or dirty homes. You may be surprised to know that they don't choose the home they live in. These insects don't come in from the exterior of a home like many other pests. That means that they don't go back outside if they're unhappy with their living conditions. Bed bugs are indoor pests that spread passively from one location to the next. They hide inside, and lay their eggs inside, objects that can be carried. When these objects are transported, bed bugs spread to new locations.
Pro Tip: Guard your belongings to prevent bed bugs from getting inside. When you return home from a trip, put your laundry items, and dryer-safe items, through a 30-minute dryer cycle to kill bed bugs in all stages of development.
Myth — Bed Bugs Are Too Small To See
While bed bugs are definitely small, they're big enough to see. A newly-hatched bed bug is about 1mm long. The reason many people think that bed bugs are too small to see is that bed bugs are experts at hiding. You can rip an infested bed apart and not find a single bed bug. They can be hiding in the seams of your mattress and boxspring. They can be hiding in the deep recesses and cracks of your bed frame.
Pro Tip: Use a debit card to dislodge bed bugs that are hiding in mattress and box spring seams.
Bed Bug Control In Texas
The best tip we can give you is to contact Innovative Pest Control at the first sign of bed bugs in your home. Many Texas residents have found that the tips given on the internet usually fall short of helping them solve their bed bug issues. The influencers on the internet just don't understand what they're up against. Our licensed pest control professionals understand these bugs and are educated in the most advanced bed bug control methods. Reach out to us today to get rid of bed bugs.