10 Bed Bug Myths

10 BED Bug Myths


Bedbugs was once defeated but know they are in every corner of the earth. Cimex lectularius—small, compressed insects that feast exclusively on mammalian and avian blood—have been dwelling alongside humankind since ancient times. Plentiful in the U.S. preceding to World War II, bed bugs completely disappeared during the course of the 1940s and ’50s due to developments in hygiene and the usage of insecticides. Within the last ten years, however, the pests have organized a reappearance worldwide—a breakout following the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney was a sign of things to come. This resurgence may be the most severe yet, professionals say, because of to largely populated urban areas, world-wide travel and growing pesticide resistance—something to give consideration to as the summer traveling season gets started.

“By every metric that we use, it’s getting worse and worse,” says Coby Schal, an entomologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Health authorities and pest control operators are regularly flooded with calls, and the epidemic may not have yet peaked. And because bedbugs are indoor pests, there are no high or low seasons throughout the year, he adds, only continual bombardment. “It’s just the beginning of the problem in the U.S.,” Schal says.


Myth 1: Do Bed Bugs Fly?

Bed bugs are not flyers. They can crawl up to a meter all in one minute. Bedbugs a great crawler and hide into cracks and crevices…They are light and can be drifted by the wind, this makes them look like flyers.  They are not.


Myth 2: Bedbugs produce quickly

Compared with other insects, bedbugs are slow to reproduce: The adult bed bug produces one egg a day. That may sound like a lot. The house fly can lay over 500 eggs over four days. Bed bugs reproduce slowly.


Myth 3: Bedbugs can typically live a year without a meal

It’s been said by experts that bedbugs can last up to two to three months without a blood meal.  The temperature should be around 74.00-degree F. The cooler the weather, the metabolism slows down and could cause the bed bugs to live up to a year without a meal.


Myth 4: Night, Night bed bugs bite

Bed bugs are nocturnal by nature. They usually come out at night when you are at rest.  However, that myth is not real. If the bed bugs are hungry, they will come out at night. If you are gone, and return, you will be the first meal in site.


Myth 5: Bedbugs live only in mattresses

Bed bugs are just the name. In fact, they live in suitcases, trains, suitcases, and movie theaters.  Were ever there humans you will find bed bugs.


Myth 6: Bedbugs like dirty, urban conditions

Bedbugs do not discriminate when it comes to choosing their home. You can live in a luxurious penthouse and stay in a five-star hotel. Bedbugs will find their way there.  You can have the dirtiest house on the block and not have one bed bug in site. But the majority of the bedbugs are in low-income areas. Mainly because the bugs are very expensive to get rid of.


Myth 7: Bedbugs travel on our bodies

Bed Bugs can be killed with heat, therefore they do not like heat. Bedbugs do not attach to our hair or skin like ticks and lice do. Our bodies give off heat and they prefer not to cling to us. Bed bugs are the best hitch hikers among insects and will travel by backpacks, shoes, luggage and things that are removed from the body.


Myth 8: Bedbugs carry disease

Bedbugs’ bites can bite can traumatize an individual more than any other insect on the planet. You can get anxiety, sleeplessness and infections by scratching constantly. Bed bug harbor human pathogens: At least 27 viruses, bacteria, protozoa and more have been found in bedbugs, although these microbes do not reproduce or multiply within the insects. With all this found, bed bugs have not been known to carry disease to humans.


Myth 10: You can spray bedbugs away

The best way to get rid of bedbugs is through heat treatment or fumigation. Remember bed bugs hate heat. Heat kills bed bugs. The problem with the heat treatment is that it is expensive. The treatment can cause up to 3500 dollars, which makes this treatment out of reach for most families with limited income resources. Store bought chemicals have resistance and will not kill bed bugs at a professional level. The traditional way of killing bed bugs is probably the best…consist of vacuuming, dust, and residual. It takes time to apply this method, but it is efficient.


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