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The Worst Advice You Could Hear About New Castle Bed Bugs

June 17, 2020


Bed bugs are tricky pests. They’re hard to get rid of and they can appear, seemingly, out of nowhere. There’s a good chance you’ve been hearing about bed bugs since you were a child. “Goodnight, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” But how much do you know about these bugs and their transmission? Where do they come from? And how can you protect your family?

Here are three of the most common misconceptions about bed bugs, along with what advice you should ignore and what advice you should follow.

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Wrong: Only dirty homes have bed bugs.

One of the biggest mistakes people make in terms of bed bugs is to assume that they can only be found in dirty homes, dirty hotels, and other gross places. This isn’t true. Bed bugs don’t care how clean or dirty a room is. As long as they can find a dark, soft place to hide, they’ll stick around.

You can find bed bugs anywhere you find humans. They can live in upscale hotels, fancy restaurants, and even airports, bus stations, movie theaters, and libraries. You should always check for bed bugs before sitting somewhere or unpacking when traveling. To check for bed bugs, look for signs around mattresses, bedding, furniture, picture frames, and carpets. You may spot the bugs themselves, their fecal matter, shed skins, or blood stains from their latest blood meal.

Wrong: Bed bugs are bad because they transmit diseases.

You may hear that bed bugs are dangerous because they transmit diseases. But bed bugs aren’t linked to any diseases. However, it’s a misconception to think that no disease means no problems. Bed bugs feed off blood from humans. If they get into your home, they will bite you during the night. You may wake up with itchy red bumps anywhere you had exposed skin.

Bed bugs can cause insomnia if they wake you up while feeding during the night. Even if you don’t wake up from them, you may deal with increased anxiety and frustration during the day, not to mention the itchy bites can last for days, and if you have enough bed bugs, they can cause anemia.

Wrong: Bed bugs are easy to get rid of on your own.

The final misconception is the most dangerous. “Take care of bed bugs on your own,” is the worst advice you can get in terms of these pests. Here’s why:

  • Many bed bug products will only kill mature bed bugs. This means that even if you manage to kill all the bed bugs in your house, you’ll only get temporary respite until the eggs hatch and you have to deal with a new round of bugs.

  • Bed bugs are hard to spot. This means that if you have bed bugs in your home, it will be difficult to tell how far they have spread. You may think you only need to treat the bed, but in reality, they are likely also in your couch, in your carpet, and maybe even inside wall voids and electronic devices.

  • Bed bugs are resilient. It isn’t easy to get rid of bed bugs. Though you may have heard that either freezing or heating your belongings will effectively kill bed bugs, this just isn’t true. Washing bedding in high heat will kill some bugs, but not all of them. And this won’t work to target bugs hiding in the mattress or in other places.

Instead of trying to take care of a bed bug infestation on your own, call Moyer Pest Control. We have the tools and equipment required to totally get rid of bed bugs. We’ll start with an inspection, so we know exactly what areas of your home need to be treated.

Our treatment targets bugs in all stages of development so you can say goodbye to these unwanted pests. Don’t fall for bad advice, listen to the experts, and call Moyer Pest Control today to find out how we can help get rid of bed bugs in your New Castle home.

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