Bed bugs understandably strike fear and confusion in the hearts of humans. No one would blame you for being afraid of these creepy crawlers as they infest our most private spaces and feed on us when we’re most vulnerable. BED BUG PRO by Vortex is here to dispel the common bed bug myths surrounding the insects. Here’s what you need to know about how dangerous bed bug infestations really are, where they like to hide, and the best ways to get rid of bed bugs.
MYTH 1: The spread disease.
You don’t have to worry about bed bugs transmitting disease. However, if you have a bed bug infestation, you may develop an allergic reaction to the bites, which may leave you feeling itchy and impede peaceful sleeping. The psychological toll bed bugs take on people is also a real issue: Research has found that it’s common for people living with bed bugs to experience anxiety, depression, and paranoia. But compared to other blood-suckers like ticks and mosquitoes, bed bugs aren’t dangerous—while they may carry disease, they aren’t yet known to transmit any diseases to humans.
MYTH 2: They only live in beds.
One of the biggest myths about bed bugs is that bed bugs only live in beds. The bed bug’s namesake may be its creepiest hangout spot, but it isn’t the only place they’re likely to lurk. The truth is that bed bugs live just about anywhere in your home. They can be found in the folds of curtains, buried in laundry, and in the seams of upholstered furniture. Their hiding place doesn’t even need to be fabric: They’ve been known to settle into drawers, wallpaper, electrical outlets, and even in the heads of screws. It’s for this reason that we highly recommend not picking up free furniture along the side of the road or next to a dumpster. We also advise against purchasing used furniture. While bed bugs can be seen by the naked eye, it may help to get a magnifying glass and search in all the places bed bugs can live.
MYTH 3: They only come out in the dark.
Bed bugs are nocturnal creatures, meaning that they are more active and bite at night; however, they may be seen during the day and will certainly leave their hiding place at night with the lights on in order to feed. The collection of carbon dioxide in a space or room is the trigger for bed bugs to know that it’s mealtime. So while bed bugs prefer the dark, keeping a light on while you sleep won’t keep them away as bed bugs bite when opportunities present themselves.
MYTH 4: The best way to kill them is with rubbing alcohol.
One especially misguided myth suggests using rubbing alcohol as a DIY method to control bed bugs. This is minimally effective: In one bed bug study, rubbing alcohol only killed half of its intended targets. Therefore, dousing your furniture with rubbing alcohol hoping the bed bugs die will not work. Instead, you’ll turn your furniture into a fire hazard. People employing this tactic have started several house fires in the U.S. over the last decade. It’s been scientifically proven that the most effective method for killing bed bugs and their larvae is through properly administered heat treatments.
MYTH 5: You’ll need to throw out everything if you have bed bugs.
You won’t have to leave your expensive TV or computer—or much else—on the curb after a run-in with bed bugs. And throwing out your mattress isn’t always the only solution to rid your home of bed bugs. Except for severe infestations, you shouldn’t need to throw anything out. Bed bugs typically only wind up in places like book bindings and alarm clocks when there’s a massive infestation. When they’re overcrowded in one place, they seek other spots where they may nestle in, surrounding 3 sides of their body. .
Once your home is professionally heat treated, your belongings should be okay.We understand that you deserve a good night’s rest. That’s why we’re here to eliminate the problem! At BED BUG PRO, we use heat to kill bed bugs by achieving 140+degrees Fahrenheit for a 100% kill rate. Contact BED BUG PRO today!