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Four Common Bed Bug Myths New Castle Homeowners May Still Believe

November 23, 2020

 

Bed bugs cause so much distress for humans, there’s a lot of discussion about them. The conversations give way to common knowledge points about these critters. The average New Castle homeowner probably knows that the pests live in mattresses. While you’re dreaming, they’ll sneakily crawl onto your skin and bite you. They absorb your blood, which leaves seriously itchy, red bumps. It’s also typically understood that bed bugs are particularly tough to get rid of. These facts are all true and important, but there’s plenty more to be aware of.

Along with the spread realities about bed bugs, there are several misconceptions. These inaccuracies lead people to employ improper or ineffective measures to prevent or kill them. That by itself carries its own consequences. Here are four of the most prevalent myths about bed bugs, with information on Moyer Pest Control’s relevant services.

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Myth #One: Bed Bugs Are Too Small to See

Bed bugs are indeed extremely tiny, being about 0.25 of an inch long. They’re usually reddish-brown, with round heads that are smaller than their circular tails. Their midsection is oddly formed. Two antennas top them, and six legs surround them. The eggs they release are pearly white, which hatches translucent young.

Though bed bugs aren’t the biggest critters, you should still be able to see them. If not, their infestation signs will tell the story for them. The most obvious indication of their presence is their bites. You’ll find them all over, but especially on your arms and legs. They will look rash-like, patchy, and clustered together. Look out for the blood drops and reddish-brown substances they leave. Also, keep your eyes open for brown or black fecal powder. These stains will be on surfaces and fabrics. Last, but not least, they generate musty odors.

Myth #Two: Bed Bugs Come to Dirty Homes & Spread Disease

For the majority of pests, filth is an attracting factor. It’s different for bed bugs though. They just want blood. The fluid is all they consume and it helps them to survive. Considering this, your home is simply a target because there are fleshly humans or pets inside.
 
Fortunately, bed bugs aren’t known to transmit disease. However, they can cause other medical issues. The insects have been linked to insomnia and anxiety. With a severe infestation, one could develop anemia from having their blood drained so often. Scratching bites could result in cuts being exposed to germs, and thus secondary infections. Some people may have allergic reactions to bites.

Myth #Three: Bed Bugs Live Only in Mattresses

As mentioned before bed bugs want blood. Therefore, they’ll hang out in public places to get it. Locations like businesses and offices can have problems with these critters. They’ll walk themselves into your bags and clothes while you’re out, and follow you home. Then, they’ll inhabit the following:

  • Fabrics 

  • Couches

  • Upholstery

  • Appliances

  • Electronics

  • Flooring

  • Wallpaper 

Myth #Four: You Can Get Rid of Bed Bugs on Your Own

Bed bug extermination calls for finding every insect and killing it. Further, you’ll have to get all the eggs and the young. Given how fast they populate and their many hiding spots, this would be a formidable task. This is the main reason why retail products won’t work. “Do it yourself” methods are even less effective. On top of that, some options have hazardous side effects.
 
Contact us at Moyer Pest Control for safety and reliability. Our technicians are licensed by state entities. They have the expertise to successfully apply conventional tools, industrial-grade Aprehend®, or heating treatments to blow bed bugs out of the way. Call the professionals today at Moyer Pest Control today!

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