Exploring Some of the Common Myths Surrounding Bed Bugs

There’s no denying that bed bugs have made an extraordinary comeback over the past few years, resulting in a number of myths popping up surrounding them. Part of protecting yourself against bed bugs involves being able to separate the myths from the facts, which is why we would like to explore some of the common ones for you.

Myth #1: Having bed bugs is a sign of unsanitary conditions
Fact: Bed bugs do not choose a habitat based upon how clean it is. As a result, you can encounter bed bugs in a five-star hotel just as easily as you can in a run-down apartment complex.

Myth #2: Bed bugs are found only in mattresses
Fact: While these insects are often found in mattresses, they can also take up residence inside suitcases, dresser drawers, bed railings and carpeting. They can even be found inside electronic appliances such as DVD players, televisions and computers as well.

Myth #3: Bed Bugs bite only at night
Fact: The old saying “sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” is a misnomer, as these creatures will actually bite during the daytime as well. Even so, the fact that they often live inside mattresses and tend to be nocturnal makes the likelihood of being bitten at night much greater.

Myth #4: Over-the-counter sprays and insecticides are effective at eliminating bed bugs
Fact: The pesticides that are readily available to most consumers simply are not effective at eliminating bed bugs, as these insects have largely developed a resistance to them. A very tailored approach to exterminating them is required, which is why you should contact a professional pest control service such as ours for assistance.

If left unchecked, bed bugs can quickly multiply, and can make life quite uncomfortable for you and your family. At the first sign of an infestation, you should contact us for assistance.

Posted: Compass Pest Management

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