Bed Bug Myths vs Facts

Bed Bugs only bite in the dark.

False. Although they tend to be more active at night, they can feed anytime.

Only dirty, cluttered rooms or houses get Bed Bugs.

False. Anyone can get bed bugs. Unsanitary conditions will not cause bed bugs, although less clutter does mean fewer areas to live and hide. But bed bugs can plague even the nicest hotel rooms and homes.

Bed Bugs cannot be seen with the naked eye.

False. Bed bugs are small but they can be seen. Young ones are about the size of a poppy seed, and those that are muture are roughly the size of an apple seed. A magnifying glass can help in spotting them.

Bite marks are a sign of Bed Bugs.

False. Don’t forget there are other insects that bite and the marks can look very similar. The presence of live bed bugs or their eggs will confirm if an area has an infestation.

If you find Bed Bugs, all infested clothing and furniture will need to be disposed of.

False. Clothing can be laundered to get rid of the bed bugs. In most cases, furniture can be treated and should only be discarded if there are no acceptable treatments that can rid them of the problem.

Bed Bugs are not known to cause or spread disease.

True. Some people do react to bed bug bites more than others which, with excessive scratching, can lead to secondary infections.

Bed bugs cannot fly and cannot jump from the floor to the bed.

True. They do not have wings and thus cannot fly. Nor do they jump.

Bed Bugs are only found on the bed.

False. They may be called ‘bed’ bugs but they are not confined to any one area. Many times they are also found on sofas, chairs, and any other area where people sleep or lounge.

Some people are not affected by bedbugs.

True. There are some who do not have a reaction to bed bug bites, so the only time they become aware of a problem is when they actually see them.

Bed Bugs cannot live very long without feeding.

False. It depends on your definition of ‘long’, but they can live for many months without feeding.

A Bed Bug inspection needs scent detecting dogs to really tell where Bed Bugs are.

False. Bed bug scent dogs can be helpful, but are rarely necessary. Results of such a test can vary as well, depending on the dogs training, the experience of the handler, and other factors. False positives are known to sometimes occur and at times, infestations can be overlooked. In addition, studies preformed to determine the accuracy of bed bug sniffing dogs have found them to be on average 44% accurate.

Encasing a mattress and box spring will prevent future Bed Bug infestations in your home.

False. Encasements will help prevent a mattress or box spring from becoming infested or being a reservoire for bed bugs, but bed bugs can still find their way onto a bed to bite. And if bed bugs cannot live in a mattress or box springs, they will live somewhere else. Encasements are a good tool, but are not sufficient to prevent or treat an infestation.

Products can claim to be effective for Bed Bugs without proof.

True. Pesticides registered with the EPA do have to have data to back their claims, however, products without pesticides or with pesticides that are exempt from registration requirements may make exagerated claims without any data to support its claims. Use common sense. If it sounds like a miracle product, it probably isn’t.

Insect foggers can help subdue a Bed Bug problem.

False. Foggers do not effectively control bed bugs. In fact these can be dangerous in that they leave unwanted residue throughout the treated area. Most insect foggers contain a flammable propellant and some have been associated with a number of fires. In addition, they may even cause the bed bug population to disperse, making control more difficult.

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