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Myth vs. Fact: The Truth About Bedbugs

Posted on Nov 18, 2013


The increase in bedbug infestations has caused the myths surrounding the insect to spiral out of control. Knowing what is true and what isn't can help you spot an outbreak before it truly gets out of control. Debunking the following 5 myths will provide you with a better understanding of bedbugs and what to expect if your home becomes infested.

 

Myth

Bedbugs only live in mattresses.

 

Fact

The name bedbugs can mislead people to believe that these tiny pests only inhabit beds, but that is far from the truth. While beds provide an idea feeding ground for the pest, they can be found in a variety of areas in your home. Other common places bedbugs tend to live are couches, behind baseboards, on curtains, and even in dressers and nightstands.

 

Myth

Bedbugs only feed at night.

 

Fact

Keeping your bedroom light on when you sleep will not keep the bedbugs away. While bedbugs are nocturnal insects, they do not shy away from eating during the day. No matter what time of the day it is if a bedbug is hungry and a food source is present they will not hesitate to feed.

 

Myth

Bedbugs are only found in houses, apartment building, and hotels.

 

Fact

Unfortunately, bedbugs take up residence in many other locations. According to a recent report from Wisconsin’s CBS 58 news, bedbugs were discovered at an AMC movie theater this October. There have also been accounts of bedbugs making themselves known on airplanes, in libraries, and at schools.

 

Myth

Bedbugs only live in filthy and cluttered areas.

Fact

Unlike other pests, bedbugs do not live off of waste. Their food of choice is blood, and that's why they do not discriminate when choosing a place to live. Staying near their food source is the insects main concern, so whether the environment is organized and clean or disheveled and dirty does not make a difference to the bug.

 

Myth

Bedbugs transmit diseases to humans.

Fact

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bedbugs are not a medical health hazard. The bites that are acquired from the pest are more of a nuisance than a danger. Though, it is imperative that you are careful when scratching the bitten area because if you do not take precautions, you may become victim to a secondary infection.

 

If you suspect bedbugs have taken up residence in your home, pleasecontact us today. Our staff of professional exterminators offers Arkansas' Fort Smith region same day service and provides a customized solution to your pest problem.



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