Bed bug infestations of residences, hotels, resorts and other venues are on the rise worldwide. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about bed bugs, so let’s take a moment to debunk some of the major myths:
MYTH: Bed bugs indicate poor sanitation and housekeeping habits.
TRUTH: Bed bugs don’t care how much money you have or how clean you are. Bed bugs can and will infest ANY lodging property, even when the housekeeping is immaculate. However, cluttered areas provide more places for bed bugs to hide, and consistent cleaning leads to faster detection and easier remediation/elimination. Also, people who have difficulty paying for treatment may just live with the bugs for long periods, but anyone is susceptible.
MYTH: Bed bugs can transmit diseases to the people they bite.
TRUTH: Although bed bugs can carry a variety of viruses and bacteria on and in their bodies, they have never been known to transmit pathogens to humans by biting.
MYTH: Bed bugs only feed on people.
TRUTH: When humans are not present, bed bugs may feed on some birds and rodents. They can bite dogs, cats and other warm-blooded animals, but generally do not.
MYTH: Bed bugs are active and bite only at night.
TRUTH: Bed bugs prefer to feed when it is dark, but if people are only available during daytime hours then feeding will occur whenever the host is present.
MYTH: Bed bug problems in the U.S. are because of visitors and immigrants from other countries.
TRUTH: Although bed bugs can hitchhike into the United States on visitors and immigrants from other countries, most infestations are probably from nearby sources.
MYTH: Bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye.
TRUTH: The smallest bed bugs are about a millimeter long, and light colored. They can be difficult to see on certain backgrounds, but are definitely visible without a microscope.
MYTH: It is impossible to get rid of bed bugs.
TRUTH: Bed bugs are difficult to control, but with the correct understanding, methods, cooperation and perseverance they can be eliminated.