It’s estimated that 20 percent of American families have either dealt with bed bugs or know someone whose house was infested. Bed bugs are an insidious pest because their numbers will multiply quickly and it is very difficult to eradicate the infestation without the assistance of a professional exterminator.
There is a lot of misinformation about bed bugs, and some of it can be potentially dangerous. Here are a few of the most common myths associated with bed bugs.
Bed Bugs Only Live in Beds
The name bed bugs is very misleading because a bed bug will live anywhere that is warm and dark. This does include your mattress, particularly in-between your mattress and box spring and under the seams of your mattress. However, they will also live in several other areas of your bedroom and home, including:
- Closet or dresser
- Clothes hamper
- Linen closet
- Upholstered couches and chairs
- Luggage or handbags
Basically, bed bugs will thrive almost everywhere inside your home. If you suspect you have bed bugs, don’t hesitate to look beyond your mattress.
Bed Bugs Carry Dangerous Diseases
Another common misconception about bed bugs is they are dangerous because they carry several potentially life-threatening illnesses. Fortunately, bed bugs do not carry any diseases that are transmissible to humans, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t a nuisance.
Many people suffer an allergic reaction after being bitten by a bed bug. They will exhibit of number of symptoms, including raised bumps, a slight burning and itching. These signs typically manifest a few days after the bite occurred.
For many others who are bitten by bed bugs, there will be no noticeable symptoms or marks. This fact can make it difficult to determine if there is a bed bug infestation; if no one suffers an allergic reaction to the bite, you might not even realize you have a bed bug infestation.
Bed Bugs Will Only Come Out at Night
If you’re waiting up every night with flashlight in hand waiting for bed bugs to emerge, you are missing out a good night’s sleep. Another myth associated with bed bugs is the idea that they only come out at night. Bed bugs do prefer to feed when it is quiet and dark, but that doesn’t mean they won’t bite you while you’re enjoying a mid-afternoon nap.
Bed Bugs Can Be Eradicated With a Store-Bought Pesticide
Finally, one of the most pervasive and dangerous misconceptions about bed bugs is the idea you can eradicate the infestation if you thoroughly clean your home or purchase a pesticide from your local home improvement store. Bed bugs are notoriously resistant to most store-bought pesticides, so if you utilize these products to get rid of your infestation, you could wind up wasting your money and needlessly exposing your family to harmful chemicals.
Instead, if you notice the presence of bed bugs in your home, your first call should be to a trained exterminator. Your exterminator will have tools and equipment available to eliminate the bed bugs. Depending on the extent of your infestation, extermination could involve the use of one or multiple treatments.
One treatment your exterminator might recommend is heat. Bed bugs cannot withstand temperatures that exceed 122 degrees Fahrenheit, and when they are exposed to that level of heat, they will die instantly. Your exterminator might also recommend supplementing the heat therapy with powerful insecticides that can only be handled by a professional.
Bed bugs are a serious problem across the United States. If you suspect your home is infested with bed bugs, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Dave’s Pest Control LLC.