June 11, 2020
Six Common Misconceptions About Beaumont Bed Bugs
How much do you really know about bed bugs? You may have encountered these pests before and feel confident that you know the bed bug basics. Or you may only know the term bed bugs from when your mom told you not to let them bite you when you were going to sleep. Wherever your bed bug knowledge is, we want to clear up some common misconceptions. In order to protect yourself from these pests, it’s best to have accurate information. Here are six bed bug myths debunked.
1. You can’t see bed bugs.
Bed bugs can be difficult to spot. However, that’s led many people to claim that they can’t be seen. In reality, bed bugs aren’t that small. They can grow to be between 2mm and 4.5mm long. Small, but not impossible to see.
You can check for a bed bug infestation in your Beaumont home by looking for signs of bed bugs. They’re messy eaters, so a bed with bed bugs might have blood stains on the mattress as well as fecal matter and shed skins from the bed bugs. When inspecting for bed bugs, it’s best to check for any dark spots on the mattress which could be a sign of an infestation.
2. Bed bugs only survive in dirty places.
People often think that bed bugs only exist in dirty, dingy, gross places. This isn’t true. Bed bugs can live anywhere that humans live. They hitchhike in bags, clothes, furniture, bedding, and even electronics.
If they can find a soft, dark place to hide and a mammal to feed off, they’ll stay. Bed bugs don’t care how clean a space is, though cleaning regularly will help you notice these pesky pests sooner.
3. All bed bugs live in beds.
Although bed is in their name, bed bugs don’t only live in beds. They like dark hiding places like inside a mattress, but they can also be found in furniture, in carpets, behind picture frames, and in clothing and fabrics.
If you suspect that you have bed bugs, it’s best to contact the professionals for a thorough inspection. They can help you identify just how far the bed bugs have spread throughout your home.
4. Bed bugs spread disease.
Bed bugs are a serious problem, but they aren’t linked to dangerous diseases. Getting bitten by bed bugs won’t make you sick. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t a problem. Their bites will make you incredibly itchy, sometimes for several days. They may also interrupt your sleep and decrease the quality of any rest you do get.
If you have a bed bug infestation, it’s definitely a good idea to call in the professionals and stop the infestation as soon as possible.
5. Bed bugs are easy to get rid of on your own.
Some people think you can easily get rid of bed bugs without calling professional pest control. You just toss your bedding into the washing machine on the highest heat setting and voila, no more bed bugs! This isn’t true. As we mentioned already, bed bugs don’t just live in beds, so washing bedding won’t make enough of a difference.
The longer you try to take care of bed bugs on your own, the more frustrated you will become, and the more bites you’ll end up with.
6. Bed bugs are impossible to get rid of.
People sometimes hear that bed bugs are hard to get rid of and assume that means impossible. That isn’t true either.
Bill Clark Pest Control can and will get rid of your bed bug infestation. With up-to-date tools and technology and thorough inspection methods, we’ll map out the scope of the infestation and create a personalized treatment plan unique to your situation. What are you waiting for? Don’t let bed bugs control your sleep this summer. Reach out to Bill Clark Pest Control for help.
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