Bed Bug Myths

A worldwide source of frustration, bedbugs infest dwellings ranging from hotels to apartments and single-family homes. While it is true that the bugs do bite, there is a lot of confusion about these parasites. Keep reading as we dispel some of the more popular myths.

Myth #1 - Bedbugs prefer unsanitary conditions

While bedbugs can thrive in dirty locations, cleanliness is not a deterrent. These parasites are attracted to carbon dioxide, warmth and a source of blood. The condition of your home does not matter.

Myth #2 - Bedbugs are only found in bedding materials

Although most often found in bedding material, the insects also may hide in carpeting, draperies and upholstery as well as the crevices of furniture and molding. Bedbugs will hide in any place situated close to people. 

Myth #3 - Bedbugs are too small to see

These light-colored pests are approximately 1-millimeter long. Because the insects hide in the cracks, crevices and folds of fabrics, they may be difficult to detect against certain backgrounds. If you look closely, you can see the wingless insects without any special equipment.

Myth #4 - Bedbugs transmit disease

The mosquito-like bites of this insect can cause itching. While scratching may cause a secondary infection, bedbugs do not transmit diseases like other biting insects, such as mosquitoes, fleas and ticks.

Myth #5 - Bedbugs only bite at night

Although bedbugs are primarily nocturnal and feed mainly at night, they can bite any time of day. The opportunistic pest will feed any time that a host is present.

Myth #6 - You can eliminate a bedbug infestation by throwing away your mattress

Getting rid of your mattress will only remove the insects hiding in the fabric. It will not eliminate bedbugs from other areas of your home. If you are not careful, bedbugs can fall off the mattress as you carry it through your house.

Why Hire Professional Pest Control

While the mythology that surrounds bedbugs is confusing, one thing is clear. Do-it-yourself products are ineffective. Commercially available products may only kill adult bugs leaving the eggs to hatch later. The growing resistance of bedbugs increases the potential that the pests might be immune to the insecticide. Foggers may just spread the pests to other areas of your home.

Eliminating a bedbug infestation requires a targeted approach. Only a professional heat treatment safely generates the amount of warmth required to kills these pests in all stages of development in every area of your house where they might hide. If you think your home is infested, contact Ideal Pest Control for a free, no-obligation quote.


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