There is a big misconception people have over pests and the need for pest control…
Bed bugs are nasty little critters that are easy to miss since they are so small but can cause a great deal of anxiety on discovery.
Bed bugs are small cold blooded parasitic insects that feed solely on the blood of people or animals, usually near where the people or animals sleep. They are reddish-brown in colour, wingless and range from 1mm to 7mm and can live several months without a blood meal.
We have listed a few of the most common myths about Bed Bugs below to help you understand these critters a bit better.
Common Bed Bug Myths
Bed Bugs live only on mattresses
This is probably the biggest misnomer amongst Bed Bug myths. Bed Bugs usually prefer upholstered surfaces such as mattresses, couches and carpets but they can be found on chairs, railings and even ceilings.
Bed Bugs only feed at night
Much like humans, Bed Bugs will go looking for food when they need to feed. For instance, if you have been away for a weekend and you return during day time a Bed Bug will come find you to feed.
Bed Bugs spread disease
Although they can carry the pathogens of approximately 27 viruses, bacteria and protozoa, these microbes do not reproduce or multiply within the insects. So, to date, there have been no reported cases of Bed Bugs transmitting human disease.
You can carry Bed Bugs directly on your skin
Unlike lice bed bugs will not travel on a person’s skin directly, they simply do not like the heat. They prefer to hang on to luggage such as suitcases or backpacks, shoes and perhaps a person’s clothing but due to the dislike of heat the further away from our bodies the happier they are.
Bed Bugs can fly
Bed bugs cannot fly (They don’t have wings) so if it flew into your personal space it is highly unlikely that it is not a bed bug.
Bed Bugs like unsanitary dirty conditions
This is simply not true, they are nondiscriminatory. Bed Bugs can be found in fancy hotels as well as in homeless shelters. The prevalence of Bed Bugs in lower income areas is more related to the density of the population than the hygiene level
Bed bugs are very fast
Bed bugs can however crawl up to a meter in a minute (According to Stephen Kells, a bed bug researcher at the University of Minnesota), which although this is quite slow as far as insects are concerned is their main mode of transport and how they move from one object or garment onto another.
You can use off the shelf pesticide to get rid of Bed Bugs
Pesticide resistance means that store bought pesticides will simply not do the job as they build up a resistance to a lot of lower dosage pyrethrum based household commercially available products. Treatments with professional pest control operator licensed insecticides specifically for bed bugs by a registered pest control company would be the best route to rid you of unnecessary time wasting self-treatments and paying double in the end.