Debunked Myths About Bed Bugs
Bed Bug Awareness Week is here, and there’s no better time to learn about the threats of these pests. As one of the most dreaded pests around, the thought of a bed bug infestation can send shivers down anyone’s spine! Because so many people fear these pests, there are many myths about bed bugs that tend to get circulated. The team at The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control knows how distressing bed bugs can be, but also wishes to debunk these myths about them in order to better prepare our customers for a possible infestation down the line. Keep reading to learn how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to bed bugs.
FAQ about Bed Bug Habits
There are a lot of myths about bed bugs, and many of them simply are not true. Some of the questions we are asked most frequently include:
- Are bed bugs too small to see without a magnifying glass?
- No. Although nymphs are nearly impossible to see, adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and are definitely visible.
- Are bed bugs more likely to infest messy homes?
- This is a common misconception with bed bugs, and it is not true/ Bed bugs are attracted to blood and warmth, not messy homes!
- Are bed bugs nocturnal?
- No! Bed bugs are active when their hosts are at rest. This usually means overnight, but they are able to adjust their schedule to feed when you are at rest.
- Do bed bugs only infest beds?
- Bed bugs can infest anywhere–including chairs, sofas, cracks in the wall, and even power outlets. They prefer to congregate near where their hosts rest, which is why bedrooms are often where they reside.
- Do bed bugs jump or fly?
- No! Unlike fleas and ticks, bed bugs have underdeveloped wings. Instead of flying or jumping, they crawl from one area to another.
- Should you throw away infested mattresses or other items?
- No! In fact, you shouldn’t move infested furniture in the midst of an infestation. Doing so can contribute to bed bugs spreading into other areas.
- Can bed bug bites transmit disease?
- Thankfully, no. A bed bug bite may leave you with some red, itchy marks, but they do not transmit dangerous diseases like mosquitoes.
- Can you get rid of bed bugs yourself?
- No! If you want to get rid of bed bugs, it’s crucial to enlist the help of a professional exterminator.
How to Control a Bed Bug Problem
Bed bugs are a common threat here in the North and East Bay Area. If you have them, it’s important to act quickly. DIY methods simply won’t cut it when you want to get rid of an infestation. Professional bed bug treatment is always needed when you want bed bugs gone quickly and completely. Contact The Hitmen today to learn more!