According to a survey conducted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky, about 99.6% U.S.-based pest management companies have encountered bed bug infestation. It’s an epidemic that’s difficult to treat, so you should at least have an idea about it. To make sure that what you know is correct, here are the common myths about bed bugs:
Bed bugs only live in mattresses. That’s why people call them “bed” bugs
It’s true that most bed bugs hide in the seams and crevices of mattresses, but they’re not limited to your bed alone. These bugs feed on blood, so they can be anywhere in your home like carpets, sofas, and closets. In fact, they can also travel with you through your luggage.
A skin expert can tell if you have bed bugs or not through bite marks
Next Generation Pest Control stated in a blog post that even dermatologists can’t diagnose a bed bug bite. The body reacts in a unique way to bed bug bites, and one person can be more sensitive than the other. If you want to check for bed bug infestation, inspect directly from the source. Hire a pest control expert to look for dead or live bed bugs, blood spots, egg casings, and bug feces.
There’s nothing to worry about if your house is clean
Bed bugs don’t care if you live in the cleanest or dirtiest house in the state. They only care about who lives in it. As long as they can feed on your blood, they’ll live and breed anywhere. A cluttered home, however, can make it difficult for you to notice infestation because these bugs have more places to hide.
Bed bugs are like any other insect. Their bites can cause infection
There’s no evidence that bed bugs can transmit diseases, so many people treat them as a nuisance rather than a threat. If such bites take place repeatedly, however, they can lead to health issues related to allergies and discomfort.
Bed bugs are small but terrible, so you shouldn’t let them roam freely in your home. Know how to identify and remove them to keep your place free from infestation.