Bed bugs are a menace, pure and simple. If you find one inside your home, chances are he’s not alone. If you end up with an infestation, getting rid of the blood-sucking parasites can be quite an ordeal. That’s why it’s so easy to find bed bug services being offered all over town.
There are a number of facts about bed bugs that you should be aware of, from their breeding habits to the best ways to get rid of them. But today, let’s take a look at three myths surrounding these little pests.
Myth #1: If your home has bed bugs, then you are a dirty person.
This is easily one of the biggest misconceptions. Truth is, bed bugs do not discriminate. They don’t care if you’re a factory worker, a college student, or Donald Trump. If you have a house they can hide in and blood they can ingest, then you’re fair game. Without a doubt, bed bugs are Equal Opportunity Parasites. So why does it seem that reports are more often found in low-income areas? Simply because bed bug services are often expensive and time-consuming. Low-income housing and similar areas do not have the resources to pay for bed bug services.
Myth #2: Bed bugs cannot be seen by the human eye.
It is unclear where this myth comes from. Perhaps it’s because bed bugs often visit you at night, and when you wake up with nothing but the telltale sign of redness or inflammation, you are apt to assume that they must be invisible to the human eye. However, this is not the case. While bed bugs are quite small, they are not microscopic. Eggs and the first few stages of their lifecycle may be difficult to spot without a magnifying glass, but once bed bugs begin to approach adulthood, you can definitely see them with your own eyes.
Myth #3: Getting rid of your mattress will remove all of your bed bugs.
This belief stems from the term “bed bugs.” It’s even in the scientific name for the critters, Cimex lectularius (lectus is Latin for “bed”). The exact origination doesn’t seem to be documented, but it can be assumed that it had something to do with the fact that bed bugs are nocturnal, which means that most bites would occur at night when a person would be sleeping on his or her … you got it … bed. The truth, however, is that bed bugs can also be found in couches, chairs, walls, suitcases, or a number of other places. Bed bug services have found that these parasites will live practically any place where they can find a crack or crevice to hide inside. Beds are not exclusive.
Photo Credit: Magnifying Glass by Tall Chris