5 Bed Bug Myths


There are many misconceptions when it comes to the topic of bed bugs. Whether it’s before, during, or after an infestation, it’s best to know the truth about bed bugs.

Myth: If only one person has bed bug bites then it must not be bed bugs.
Fact: It is possible for only one person in a house to show signs of bites from bed bugs. Certain people react differently to bites than others might. Some people can develop red, itchy bites while others may not show any visible bite marks or bumps.

Myth: Bed bugs are microscopic.
Fact: While these pests are extremely small, they can still be seen with the naked eye. A full grown bed bug can be anywhere from the size of a sesame seed to an apple seed. Newborns will be roughly the size of a poppy seed, but the eggs will usually need to be enlarged with a magnifying glass to be seen clearly.

Myth: Bed bugs live in beds.
Fact: Yes, this is true, but they can live in many other areas around the house. Bed bugs can inhabit mattresses, linens, box springs, furniture, carpeting, picture frames, and sometimes even electrical outlets.

Myth: Bites from a bed bug can hurt.
Fact: Since bed bugs are so small their bites wouldn’t stand a chance of being felt. On top of that, the saliva from one can numb the skin of the host that it is feeding on. While you may feel discomfort from a reaction after the bite, you most likely will not feel the bite itself when it happens.

Myth: Bed bugs can spread diseases.
Fact: Having a bed bug infestation can pose many different health threats. However, bed bugs have not been linked to transmitting diseases from one living creature to the next. You might not acquire a blood disease from these pests, but it is possible to have the bites themselves become infected.

Understanding the truths about bed bugs will help you better understand how and when to deal with this household pest. When you fear that your home might be infested, contact the professionals at Knockout Pest Control. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (800) 244-7378.

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