January 20, 2014
Over the past several years bed bugs in Arkansas, as well as the whole country, have greatly increased in homes and businesses. Partially this is do to the banned use of several powerful, but dangerous, pesticides. But also it is because bed bugs spread so easily and breed so profusely. Almost any home or business is at risk. From one room studios, to apartment buildings, hotels, to airports, and basically any other area that sees a lot of human traffic is at risk for a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are one of the most common pests today; and adding to the concern is a lot of misinformation about these insects. So, in an attempt to debunk some of these myths, we have a few of the most common of them laid out below.
Myth #1: Bed bugs live in your bed - Most people believe this because of their name and because we tend to wake up with bed bug bites. The truth is, however, that bed bugs very rarely live in your bed, only when it is an extreme infestation and they have no where else to go. They live in dark areas that are well hidden and then they seek humans in bed at night in order to feed.
Myth #2: You can’t see bed bugs - They are tiny, and the eggs are too small to see, but the bed bugs themselves actually resemble an apple seed in size and shape. Because of their reclusive nature, hiding during the day and only coming out at night, they are not often seen, but if you search hard enough (and you do in fact have bed bugs) you could see them.
Myth #3: If you throw away the infested furniture you will get rid of bed bugs - Although they may infest furniture, bed bugs are never confined to just the furniture, and thus throwing the furniture out would just be a waste. Again, they hide in many tiny crevices which is why solving a bed bug problem yourself, without professional, is nearly impossible.
Myth #4: If you don’t travel then you can’t get bed bugs - This is not as simple as it may sound. Traveling frequently is absolutely the most common way bed bugs make their way into your house. However, there are a host of other ways that the tiny pests have found their way into buildings. They can jump onto you in taxis or busses, things like books or clothing can carry bed bugs, even areas like movie theaters or cafes can have bed bugs. Also, people coming into your house can bring them in. Dorms, hospitals, hotels, could all hold bed bugs waiting to jump onto someone coming into your house.
This blog was originally published on January 23, 2013 but has been updated to reflect the most recent information on dealing with bed bug infestations in Arkansas.
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