Know the Facts vs. Myths to Prevent Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are infesting more and more places where people are, from homes to hotels and from cars to airplanes. As people become more aware of the bed bug problem, the facts and the myths about these pests seem to be getting jumbled together. It’s important to know that the best way to fight a bed bug infestation is to learn the actual facts about controlling them. That’s why Arrow Exterminators wants to clear up some of the misinformation that’s out there with this list of myths and the facts that debunk them:

Myth #1: Bed bugs can’t be seen with the naked eye; you have to look for their dirt instead. Adult bed bugs are about the size of a grain of rice and they are brown to reddish in color. So, you can definitely see them! When bed bugs are immature in their “nymph” stage, they are a little more difficult to see as they are only the size of a pinhead and lighter brown in color. Bed bug eggs are no bigger then a poppy seed, but you should still be able to see those too.

Myth #2: Bed bugs can only be found in mattresses. Though it is true that bed bugs are commonly found in beds, they are also found in many other places where people rest. We’ve found bed bugs in hotel lobby couches, desk chairs, movie theater seating, carpeting, restaurant booths, and even airplane seats. Large infestations of bed bugs have even been found in a radius around their host (that’s you) and were inside nightstands, alarm clocks, and picture frames.

Myth #3: Bed bugs live in dirty places. In fact, bed bugs aren’t attracted to dirt and grime at all. They’re looking for warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide. So, you can expect to find them in even the most upscale of hotels, not just the seedy motels on the bad side of town.

Myth #4: Bed bugs can be controlled with over-the-counter pesticides. Unfortunately, many bed bug sprays found in stores are ineffective against an infestation. Some over-the-counter pesticides will kill the weaker bed bugs, but just leave the stronger ones to thrive. Other treatments like bombs and foggers can just cause the bed bugs to disperse into neighboring rooms and apartments. Besides that, the knowledge and experience of a trained pest control professional, like Arrow Exterminators, is extremely helpful when dealing with bed bugs. We know where these pests like to hide and we have the best methods for treating and eliminating them.

Bites from bed bugs can be pretty nasty. If you think you may have a bed bug problem, then contact the experts here at Arrow Exterminators for a free inspection at 800-390-8626 or visit arrowexterminatorsok.com where you can submit an online request for an inspection right away.