9 Lies the Internet Tells About Bed Bugs Part 2

Bed Bugs hidden in mattress

Previously, we shared with you five lies the internet tells about bed bugs. Today, we are going to share four additional myths circulating on the internet.

Myth: Beating bed bugs are easy.
Fact: Cleaning an infestation is possible, but it is not easy. There appears to be an increase in the number of these bugs in the United States. It usually requires multiple visits by a professional pest control operator to get rid of them. In multi-family homes, bugs are small enough to travel from one living unit to the next. They may not respond to specific pesticides. If a person has tried to use over-the-counter pesticides, it could cause the bugs to be even more resistant to pesticides.

Myth: Bed bugs are not a threat to public health.
Fact: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers this issue to be a public health threat. These bugs do not transmit diseases, but they affect people in other ways. People living in an area that has an infestation risk having an allergic reaction from the bites, contracting a secondary infection, or having their mental health affected. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention have developed and jointly published guidelines concerning how communities are to deal with the problem.

Myth: You don't need a professional.
Fact: If the problem is caught early, it’s possible that you may not need a professional to get rid of a bug infestation. However, hiring a professional will give you the peace of mind of knowing that the correct treatment is being applied. The job of the licensed pest control operator is to make sure the problem no longer exists. Also, the services of a professional should be guaranteed. 

Myth: Only dirty people are affected by this problem.
Fact: Anyone can be affected because bed bug infestations can be found in any place people sleep. It can be a rooming house, motel room, temporary shelter, dorm room, or an apartment. If a person goes on a cruise, these pesky little creatures could be hiding on the cruise ship. Whether passengers travel by bus, plane, or train, they could come in contact with bugs. School-age students may unknowingly bring the bugs to class with them. Police officers who place homeless people who haven’t bathed in months in the back seat of their police cruiser may also transport these bugs.

It doesn’t matter how clean a person is, these bugs can hide in the places they frequent. Beg bugs hide in mattress seams, box springs, headboards, and dressers. They are small enough to hide in cracks or crevices. If there is any type of paper, such as wallpaper, or clutter around a bed, these bugs can also be present. Other places bugs might be found hiding are in a second-hand mattress or a couch that is purchased from the thrift store. These tiny pests are known to live within eight feet of where people sleep. They can travel over 100 feet in a night.