The thought of bedbug infestation can be terrifying to anyone who knows about them. A lot of people associate bedbugs with untidy bed environments, while others barely know about the bugs.
But for those who have suffered bedbug infestation, one thing holds true: the bugs are hard to eliminate. They can go into a hibernation and survive freezing for days. They can also survive without food for up to a year through hibernation. Meaning they can always resurface just when you think you’ve gotten rid of them.
More amazing however is the way many people hold distorted ideas about bedbugs. This article seeks to debunk five of these popular misconceptions.
5. Bedbugs Live Exclusively In Beds
Folks are misled by the “bed” in the name ‘bedbug’. These pests are found in places other than homes such as trains, buses and movie theaters. Obviously none of these have beds. So while a lot of people tend to spontaneously assume that the pests are only found in mattresses and bed crevices, bedbugs spread far and wide. They can be found in sofas, railings, ceilings, bedroom furniture, light sockets, carpets as well as behind pictures and molding.
In your home, they can be just about anywhere they can camouflage in. They also tend to hide in linens including pillows, bed sheets and comforters.
4. Bedbugs Only Bite at Bedtime
Like in the first misconception above, those who believe that bedbugs live only in beds also tend to associate their bites with bedtimes. This couldn’t be farther from true. Bedbugs may generally be nocturnal, but they'll bite anytime they are hungry.
That’s why you are likely to spot them crawling on you if you return home after being away for some time. You’ll have kept them hungry for long and they won’t be willing to wait much longer once you are back.
3. Bedbugs Only Infest Unsanitary Urban Environments
Bedbugs do not discriminate based on sanitary conditions. You’ll find them anywhere regardless of its hygiene, as long as it can hide them. Good hygiene may however keep them from finding hideouts. Better still, it may significantly keep them from getting into your home in the first place.
The insects may however be more prevalent in low-income housing environments due to the lack of money to afford decent elimination services and strategies. Such environments are also mostly characterized by dense populations which tend to encourage the spread of bedbugs. This makes it even harder to fight their infestation.
2. Bedbugs Travel on Human Bodies
Our bodies are warm. Bedbugs don’t like such heat and will not stick on the skin or hide in your hair. Ticks will do that, but bedbugs won’t. they may only be carried on your clothes if you move around while they are looking for your blood. And they will move away from your body as soon as they can. They are therefore often spread around on luggage, backpacks and other similar items.
1. Bedbugs Bites Transmit Disease
Another fallacy; the insect’s bites can lead to sleeplessness and anxiety but not disease picked from them. Though bedbugs have certain human pathogens including viruses, protozoa and bacteria; no cases of bedbugs transmitting infections to humans have been reported. These microbes have also been found to not multiply or reproduce within the bugs.
There may be a couple of other misconceptions out there about bedbugs. Nonetheless, all you need to understand is that any environment is vulnerable to their infestation. Once you spot them, the sooner you call a pest control service the better your chances of getting rid of them completely.