January 23, 2013
Ever since the ban of certain pesticides, bed bugs have really made a comeback and are invading properties in Arkansas and across the country. Single family homes, multi-unit housing, hotels; airports and airplanes, taxis and even libraries and other commercial environments are susceptible to bed bug infestations, which have left many home and business owners a bit worried. And really with all the information (reliable or otherwise) available on bed bugs, it’s incredibly easy to get facts twisted with fiction. So that’s where the Little Rock pest control pros at McCauley Services come in. We understand that there is a lot of confusion surrounding these pests and how to treat them and are here to offer a little insight.
To help make sure you are up to date on your bed bug knowledge, the team at McCauley Services would like to bust 4 of the common bed bug myths that seem to be circulating around.
Myth #1: Bed bugs live in your bed - Bed bugs don’t often live in beds (with the exception of a severe infestation when they have no other place to go). The only reason that bed bugs are associated with beds at all is because they feed on human blood while we are asleep at night. Bed bugs prefer to live in dark, hidden areas like in cracks in the bed frame, behind the mirrors, under carpet, even in the electrical outlets.
Myth #2: You can’t see bed bugs - They certainly are small and their eggs may not be visible to the naked eye but live adult bed bugs can be seen and often resemble an apple seed when full grown. But as mentioned before, they may not be easily found because they generally only come out of hiding at night to feed on human blood.
Myth #3: If you throw away the infested furniture you will get rid of bed bugs - Although this would be nice, the truth is that a bed bug infestation is not going to be contained to one piece of furniture. Bed bugs embed themselves into the home so tossing out the mattress is not going to solve your bed bug problem. It’s always best to leave bed bug removal to the pros.
Myth #4: If you don’t travel then you can’t get bed bugs - Travel does remain the number one way to bring bed bugs into your home however, those who do not travel are not exempt from the possibility of a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs have found many other ways to sneak inside including on your clothing, bags, second hand furniture, taxis, the movie theater, and via your library books. Don’t forget houseguests who’ve recently traveled or your college-aged student who could bring them back from in infested dorm.