Over the years, bed bugs have gained substantial notoriety in the United States. With that attention brings myths. For your protection, Aerex Pest Control wants to put the bed bug myths to rest!
Myth 1: Bed Bugs are Seasonal
Contrary to the popular belief that the summer months equal bed bug season, there is in fact no bed bug season at all. Bed bugs can creep up in homes and hotels at any time during the year.
Myth 2: Bed Bugs Only Bite at Night
If bed bugs are hungry, bed bugs will eat. Although they are for the most part nocturnal, that doesn’t stop them from looking for a feast during the day.
Myth 3: Bed Bugs Live Exclusively in Mattresses
This is just plain wrong! It is true that a mattress is the most common place for bed bugs – but it is certainly not the only place. Bed bugs tend to roam within 10 feet of where people sleep. That means they can be hiding nearby in picture frames, chairs, sofas or other areas where people sleep or lounge.
Myth 4: Bed Bugs Only Invade Unsanitary Conditions
Always remember – bed bugs are not attracted to filth. In fact, they are attracted to carbon dioxide, warmth and blood. Any household, apartment/condo complex or hotel can have a bed bug infestation.
Myth 5: It’s Easy to Get Rid of Bed Bugs on Your Own
Nope, nope, nope! Any pest control professional will tell you that the only way to get rid of bed bugs is to have them professionally treated. Attempting to get rid of them without professional help will undoubtedly leave you frustrated – and – still living with bed bugs.
Myth 6: Bed Bugs Cannot be Seen
Wrong! Should bed bugs be present in your home, your eyes might be one of the best indicators. Bed bugs can be seen with the naked eye in the adult, nymph and egg stages.
Myth 7: Bites = Bed Bugs
Using bites as a way to identify a bed bug infestation is not accurate. Even if every member of the household wakes up with mysterious bites, you cannot be sure they are due to bed bugs without proof. Before rushing into bed bugs, consider other possibilities. Mosquitos? Chiggers? Ants?
Myth 8: If Only One Person Has Bites, We Don’t Have Bed Bugs
Everyone reacts differently to bed bug bites. If two people share the same bed and only one person has bites or welts, bed bugs could still be the problem. It is not uncommon for only one person to react.
When it comes to bed bugs, validation is key. Thoroughly inspect furniture and mattresses for evidence of bed bugs. Blood spots, dark spots that could be fecal matter, eggs or eggshells and live bugs could all be clues. If you suspect bed bugs in your home, don’t take the risk of getting rid of them yourself! Call Aerex Pest Control. Our techniques are a surefire way to make bed bugs dead bugs.