Bedbugs are one of those pests most of us hope never to encounter. In addition to physical symptoms, they often cause mental trauma for those battling an infestation. Breaking down common misconceptions can help you avoid a potential infestation.
- Bedbugs will only infest filthy homes.
This is one of the most commonly heard “facts” about bedbugs, but it is totally untrue! These crafty hitchhikers don’t care how clean or dirty the home is. If there is a cozy bed with a warm host to feed on, they will gladly follow you there. While bedbug infestations can be more difficult to control in unsanitary conditions, the bugs are just as happy sleeping in a 5-star hotel as they are in a run down shack.
- Bedbugs will only ever be found in beds.
The same concept can be applied to this misconception as the first. If there’s a warm body and a place to hide, bedbugs can take up residence. A favorite chair or couch are just as likely to be the home to a bedbug infestation as the bed itself. They also have been known to find hiding spots such as behind headboards or picture frames, in electrical sockets, or in more severe infestations on the walls and molding. Check out the one below taking cover in a piece of Velcro.
- Bedbugs are microscopic.
While at some stages of the life cycle bedbugs are very small, they are visible to the naked eye. Adult bedbugs are 4-5 mm long and reddish brown in color. If you know where to look, you can definitely see them.
- Bedbugs are nocturnal.
Basically, they are awake when you are asleep. So if you sleep during the day, that’s when they will come out to find their meal. While they are typically most active in the wee hours of the morning, they will adjust their schedule depending on the current host.
- If there is no host to feed on, the bedbugs will die.
A long vacation may seem like the simple method to get these pests out of your house, but unfortunately that is not the case. Bedbugs can go over two months without a blood meal.
Bedbugs can happen to anyone at anytime, even the most vigilant person. Thankfully, American Pest Control is knowledgeable and prepared to handle the situation. We have been treating bed bugs for over 45 years and go through rigorous monthly training meetings which cover a multitude of pests and treatment methods. When the bed bugs bite, call American Pest Control.