There are many lies circulating around the internet about bed bugs and how to get rid of them. Here is some information to help you sort through some of those non-truths.
Myth: It's easy to see them and discover an infestation.
Fact: Nope, you are more likely to find the bites before seeing the bugs. Detecting these bugs can be difficult. Large adults are the easiest to spot. They can be as large as four to five mm with flat oval bodies when hungry and swollen after they have fed. Most are redish brown in color but can look black. The babies are tiny and much harder to spot since they are about the size of a needle point and orange/red in color. The eggs are even smaller and white so only show up on a dark surface. So they are not easy to see unless you have amazing eye site.
Myth: Vacuuming will take care of them.
Fact: No, the truth is vacuuming will not get rid of all the bugs. You will have to vacuum repeatly and still it would be nearly impossible to get them all. First you would have to find them, as they often hide in cracks and crevices. The eggs are "glued" to the surface and are incredibly hard to remove. You have to be able to kill them all and that just isnt possible with a vacuum.
Myth: Diatomaceous Earth is a great option for ridding yourself of the bugs.
Fact: Won't work. Diatomaceous Earth is derived from fossilized diatoms, which once lived in the sea. Their bodies where mostly made up of silicon dioxide, and can help keep the bed bugs as well as other bugs away but it won't work by it self. It won't get rid of an active infestation; however, it can help by reducing future bugs from entering the home. It has another issue that makes this a bad choice as a stand alone treatment. DM is slow acting. It can take from one week and sometimes more than two weeks to kill the bugs.
Myth: They can jump.
Fact: Just wrong. You might be confusing them with fleas which do jump. Unlike fleas they can't hop, leap, jump or otherwise take flight. Their only form of locomotion is crawling. The legs are just not equipped for jumping but if they are in your mattress, they will find you.
Myth: CO2 traps work well for killing them.
Fact: Sorry, not true. CO2 traps don't work for getting rid of them completely. These traps are great for detecting an active infestation or finding out which rooms are infected. One catch to note however, if the room is occupied it will not work nearly as well because people are larger and much more effective at producing CO2 then a trap could. Your body has the added bonus of emitting heat which also attacks them.
The one thing that all these methods have in common is they can not get rid of them completely. Missing even one female that is already pregnant can restart the whole process over. She can lay as many as 500 eggs durning her lifetime. The only way to guarantee that the job is done right is to call your friendly neighborhood Spiderman (I mean exterminator).