5 Myths about Bed Bugs

Monday, 29 Nov 2010 04:27 PM

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Bed bugs, a parasitic creatures that infest beds and sofas, are one of the most common pests in homes. Although they do not cause diseases, they are a big source of discomfort.

Most people are confused about how to deal with them because they do not know the facts about bed bugs, and also there are a number of common myths about bed bugs. Here are five common myths about bed bugs:
 
--Bed bugs only infest mattresses. This is one of the most common bed bug myths.  Bed bugs can be found anywhere near the bed, where they find food supply. There is a high possibility of infestation in mattress, box springs, near the sofa, headboards, picture frames, or anything near the bed.
 
--Bed bugs only infest dirty places.
The fact is that bed bugs infest not only dirty places and people but also clean places and people. Bed bugs are only interested in one thing - blood. It is true that it is difficult to eradicate bed bugs from dirty and cluttered places, but clutter and dirt do not in any way favor the growth of bed bugs.
 
--Extremely cold temperature can kill bed bugs.
Although this myth is somewhat true, the question arises: What is the minimum cold temperature required to kill bed bugs? A refrigerator freezer, though extremely cold, is not cold enough to kill bed bugs. Even the freezing or cryonite treatment, which is offered by pest management companies, cannot kill these pests completely, but only affects those that it can hit directly.  Bed bugs can live dormant for months, so leaving furniture items out in the cold does not really work unless it is done for a long period.
 
--You can feel the bed bugs biting.
Bed bugs, before biting, inject their saliva on the bite wound, which acts like an anesthetic and numbs the area so that the person cannot feel the sting. Bed bugs also inject an anti-clotting agent, which allows the blood to flow freely without clotting.
 
--Bed Bugs cannot be seen. There are different stages in the development of bed bugs, and the adult can be easily seen by the naked eye, being the size of an apple seed. The bed bug nymph, however, is extremely small, almost 1 mm long, and is white in color, making it difficult to spot.
 
 

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