11/18/2015 | 5 Bed Bug Myths Debunked
The Tri-State Area has been bombarded with bed bugs over the last few years. For months, it seemed that all anyone could talk about was the latest infestation. People went into panic mode. Hysterical headlines cried: Bed bugs in dorms! Bed bugs in stores! Bed bugs on the subway! As with many epidemics, paranoia sometimes outshined the facts.
The truth is that bedbugs have become a far too familiar pest management problem for NYC, New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Knowing how to prevent a bedbug infestation starts with understanding what’s fact and what’s fiction. To get you started, we have compiled a list of the top five myths about bed bugs. Learn the truth and prepare accordingly.
Top Five Bed Bug Myths:
Bites Only Happen At Night: While it’s true that they are most active during the night hours, bed bugs can bite at any time.
Only Dirty Homes and Apartments End Up With Bed Bugs: One of the most prevalent myths, this is simply untrue. In reality, bed bug infestations and overall cleanliness have little to do with each other. That said, the less clutter you have in your home, the less places bed bugs have to hide. Decluttering is a simple way to give these critters less opportunity to make themselves at home in your home.
Bed Bugs Are Invisible To The Naked Eye: Many believe that bed bugs can’t be seen by the naked eye. While it’s true that a pest management professional is more likely to spot these critters because they know what to look for, anyone can spot a bed bug if it’s out in the open. Baby bed bugs are the size of poppy seeds and adult bed bugs are the size of apple seeds. Anyone can spot them; they just need to know what to look for!
All Clothing and Bedding Must Be Discarded After Infestation: While it may be your personal preference to replace your belongings, all bedding and clothing can be laundered on the hottest setting in the dryer and returned to your bed and closet.
Bed Bugs Stick To The Bed: Despite their name, bed bugs can be found anywhere. The most common bed bug hiding spots are the bed, the couch and other spots in your home where people sleep and lounge.
Now that you know the facts, get busy preventing an outbreak by checking regularly. If you spot these critters or their bites, call a pest management specialist immediately!