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Don't Believe Everything You Read About Bed Bugs

The internet is filled with a nearly endless pool of useful information. There are audio programs, long and short videos, streaming videos, articles, magazines, and more. From them, you can find out that the temperature of Saturn can get as high as 21,000 F. You can find out that 44 Senate seats are held by Democrats and 54 are held by Republicans. And you can find out that Tom Cruise is 55 years old--a fact Tom is probably less than enthusiastic about. But you can't believe everything you learn on the internet. Here are some bed bug facts you might be inclined to believe. Some are slight exaggerations. Others are flat out wrong. Either way, we think you'll find them interesting and useful to know.

Bed Bugs Are Too Small To See

When bed bugs first hatch from their eggs, they're only about 1 mm in length. That's pretty small, but you can easily see them with the naked eye. This myth may have come about from someone mistaking bed bugs for mites. There are some mites that are so small that you can't see them. This myth also may have come about because of the way bites appear. When bed bugs bite, the bites don't always show up at first. It can take several hours for swelling and redness to occur. This can make it seem as if an invisible bug did the biting.

Bug Bugs Spread Disease

While bed bugs are definitely dirty bugs that sleep in their own feces, they are not a known vector for illness. When bed bugs get into a home, they don't pick harmful bacteria up from trash cans the way roaches do. They don't carry diseases the way ticks do. And they don't infect humans with viruses the way mosquitoes do. They only torment us with numerous irritating bites. We say "numerous" because a single bed bug will bite multiple times in one evening, and bed bugs feed in groups.

Bed Bugs Only Live In Filthy Homes

This is a myth that goes back a long way. It stems from two half-truths.

One is sort of a chicken and egg issue. Which came first, the dirty black and brown stains or the bed bugs that make dirty black and brown stains with their feces and excreted blood? When bed bugs are discovered, dirty stains are often discovered with them. But these stains are usually in hidden locations,  such as between mattresses and box springs where homeowners can't see them. So, it isn't filth that lures bed bugs in; they create filth.

The second half-truth is that bed bugs thrive a little better in a home that some might consider to be filthy. When there is a lot of clutter in a home, it makes it hard for people to see bed bugs crawling around. Studies have shown that bed bugs are lured to items that have been worn. If dirty clothing is left on the floor in bedrooms, it can promote an increase in bed bug populations. It is also important to understand that people who leave their clothes lying on the floor have a greater chance of picking bed bugs up when they take a trip. All this may have led to the perception that bed bugs only live in filthy homes. The truth is that they can live in the cleanest and best-kept homes. Bed bugs will live anywhere they can get a blood meal.

Bed Bugs Only Infest Hotels And Motels That Are Poorly Run

At the end of the 1990s, when bed bug infestations started to appear in the U.S. again, hotels and motels were hit hard. It isn't surprising that many people still think these are the only two places you have to worry about picking these bugs up. The truth is, you can pick up bed bugs at daycares, schools, libraries, movie theaters, clothing retailers, taxis, buses, and more. You can also pick them up just by going to work or visiting the home of a friend or family member. That is why it is important to learn how to identify bed bugs and recognize the signs bed bugs leave behind.

If you ever discover bed bugs in your Pennsylvania home, contact Moyer Pest Control for effective bed bug solutions and fast K9 bed bugs inspections. We're here to help.

 

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