If you’ve never experienced bed bugs before, you may have heard some bed bug myths that simply aren’t true. In this blog, our professional bug detectors bust some common bed bug myths:
Bed Bug Myth #1: Bed bugs are only found in dirty places.
Most people think that bed bugs are a sign of a dirty home or hotel room, but in fact, their presence has nothing to do with dirt. You’re just as likely to find bed bugs in a clean place as you are in a dirty place.
BED BUG MYTH #2: You can’t see bed bugs.
While bed bugs are small, they’re not invisible to the eye. Adult bed bugs are actually around the size of an apple seed (even larger if there fed) and nymphs are about half that size.
BED BUG MYTH #3: Freezing bed bugs is the best way to kill them.
While freezing temperatures do kill bed bugs, it’s difficult to do yourself (and probably not the best way). You’ll have to make sure the infested area stays below 0 degrees Fahrenheit for at least four days before you can be sure your bed bugs are gone. Call us to freeze your bed bug problem with new cryonite non-chemical treatment.
BED BUG MYTH #4: Beds are the only place you’ll find bed bugs.
The name “bed bugs” suggests that these pests are only found in beds, however, bed bugs can also be found in drawers, chairs, couches, baseboards, walls, curtains, and more.
BED BUG MYTH #5: Bug spray can get rid of bed bugs.
Unfortunately, spraying an area with pesticides won’t get rid of bed bugs. Instead, you need a proper infestation treatment from bed bug professionals (like us!).
BED BUG MYTH #6: Bed bugs only feed at night.
Bed bugs are considered nocturnal, but only because they’re able to feed on people while they sleep during the night time. If you were to sleep during the day, bed bugs would adapt their lifestyle and feed during the day instead.
BED BUG MYTH #7: Bed bugs can fly.
Bed bugs don’t have wings, so they can’t fly. They can crawl fairly fast, however – about one meter per minute.
BED BUG MYTH #8: Bed bugs have a distance bite mark.
When bit by a bed bug, most people find small red welts that are similar to a mosquito, flea, or spider bite. Because of their similarity, it’s nearly impossible to tell that a bite is from a bed bug. However, bed bugs tend to bite in clusters, which can be helpful in identification. Drops of blood in your sheets is also a good indicator.
If you think you have a bed bug infestation, don’t hesitate to call our office. We’ll schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible and get it taken care of.