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Bed Bugs: Fact vs. Fiction

October 21, 2016 9:30 pm

No one wants to entertain the thought of bugs in their home, but since 2000, bed bug infestations have risen 81 percent, according to the National Pest Management Association. The resurgence has consumers on high alert, anxious to know how they can prevent and protect themselves from bed bugs. London Luxury LLC helps us understand the facts versus fiction when it comes to these pesky creatures.
The Facts:
-Bed bugs can be found on bedside alarm clocks. Bed bugs have been known to fester in alarm clocks and other appliances, as well as within dark crevices like coffee makers.
-Bed bugs like to hitch rides. These pests can very easily be transferred in suitcases and on clothing, putting travelers at extra-high risk.
-Some people are not affected by bed bug bites. Some people do not have a physical reaction to bed bug bites and may be unaware that bed bugs are in their home until they actually see them. It’s important to remember that everyone is at risk, as bed bugs don’t discriminate based on socio-economic class.
-Bed bugs can live many months without feeding. Encase mattresses, box springs and pillows with bed bug-proof protectors, which effectively trap bugs and cut them off from their food source indefinitely.
-Insect foggers provide very little control of bed bugs. Most insect foggers contain a flammable propellant, some of which have been associated with accidental fires. The best way to control a bed bug problem is to contact a pest professional who will help with vacuuming, steaming and laundering belongings, in addition to sealing areas/gaps where bed bugs can hide.
The Fiction:
-Bed bugs spread deadly diseases.
Bed bugs do not transmit disease. Bed bug bites, however, can cause an allergic reaction similar to a mosquito bite in some people.
-Chemicals/pesticides will kill all bed bug stages. It’s difficult to kill all bed bugs with only a pesticide application. Successful treatment depends on an integrated pest-management approach.
-Only poor people or dirty people get bed bugs. Wrong—anyone can get bed bugs. And they’re typically found in a bed mattress, box spring, bed frame or even around the bed. They're also found in electric outlets, switches and behind pictures. Bed bugs can be found in hotels, motels, dormitories, apartments, condos, private homes and even public places, such as retail stores, movie theaters, businesses and offices.
-Bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye. An adult bed bug is actually about the size of an apple seed.
-Bed bugs come out only at night. It's true that bed bugs are more active at night and in the early morning, however, they sense the heat and carbon dioxide given off by humans, and therefore, may come out at any time of day.
-If you have bed bugs, you need to throw away infested clothing and furniture. Clothing can be laundered to get rid of bed bugs. In most cases, furniture can be treated and should only be discarded if there are no acceptable treatments to rid specific items of bed bugs.
-It's too cold where I live for bed bugs. Bed bugs can still thrive even in the coldest climates. 
-Sleeping in a metal bed will protect you from bed bugs. Having a metal bed will not protect you from bed bugs. In some scenarios, a metal bed may actually make it harder to detect a bed bug infestation because the hollow tubing of a metal bed provides a great place for bed bugs to hide.
-You can't get bed bugs from your neighbor. Bed bug migration from one home or apartment to another is more common than most people think. In apartments or shared housing such as condos, the risk of migration is even higher. Bed bugs can travel through tiny cracks in the wall, through connected vents or spaces, in the seams of floor boards or along the edges of carpet.
-Bed bug bites all look the same. Bites can be small and red or bigger like welts. Some people don't even react to a bed bug bite. It’s almost impossible to diagnose a bed bug problem solely on the presence of bites on a human host.
To learn more about bed bugs, contact our office today.

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