Twenty Bed bug Misconceptions
By Bed Bugs All Gone
The bed bug epidemic started over two decades ago and it has become worse by 10-20% every single year since. Many individuals and even exterminators take wrong actions when they encounter bed bugs, because they believe common bed bug misconceptions. The typical mantra that you hear from people who have bed bugs is “we thought we had them gone, but then they came back!” (After a few weeks or months) The truth is they were never really gone. At Bed Bugs Gone all we know how to get rid of them for good.
If you learn the truth about bed bugs, you are more likely to save yourself time, money, and grief. In fact, you can stop bed bug “bites” quickly and get rid of bed bugs permanently when you know the truth. So, let’s debunk twenty of the most common falsehoods and then get to the truth about how to beat bed bugs.
“Bed Bugs Bite You”… False
Truth: Bed Bugs do not have jaws. They can not bite. They poke you and suck your blood just like a mosquito, lice, mites, and fleas do. Because they do not have jaws to eat, they must survive on blood alone. They are not able to eat other food sources.
“Bed Bugs Stay on Human Bodies”… False
Truth: While fleas, lice and mites stay on their host, mosquitoes and bed bugs leave for safer ground as soon as they get a blood meal. They do not live on your body but only for a few moments or minutes to get a blood meal and then they leave.
“I Need Not Worry about Infesting Friend’s Homes”…False
Truth: It is true that bed bugs can get on your clothes or belongings such as a backpack that’s been sitting on the floor, a briefcase, purse, suitcase, etc. You pick them up from any place where someone else has sat in the past year and left a bed bug(s) behind. They can exist 400 days between meals, but the odds of picking up bed bugs are very small. How small? Think of all the typical places you sit everyday: forms of transportation, restaurants, theatres, offices, friend’s homes, couches, chairs in waiting rooms, office rooms, hotel rooms, etc. Is that 5, 10, 15 places a day? Now multiply that by how many days it has been since you last had a bed bug infestation (a whole lifetime?) Now you see how small the odds are. You will probably never know where you picked up a bed bug any more than precisely where you caught any of your last 20 colds. It just happens and it isn’t your fault. We will show you how to make your residence and life more bed bug resistant so that you are less likely to transmit a bed bug.
“Bed Bugs Are Spread by and Live on Your Pets”… False
Truth: Bed bugs are seldom if ever found on pets or other furry animals because the bed bug’s poker is only 1/25th of an inch long and doesn’t easily reach past a furry coat. Also, a flea in thin so it can move easily between the hairs on a thick coat and hide within the fur. A bed bug is wide and flat so it would have to travel over the top of an animal’s fur which exposes it to other insects which could eat it or to humans which would smash it. Like a mosquito which flies away as soon as it gets a meal, the bed bug walks away as soon as it gets a meal. That brings up our next myth.
“Bed Bugs Can Fly and Jump”… False
Truth: Bed bugs have no wings so they can not fly. Their legs are positioned so they can not jump. Bed bugs can only walk. They move much slower than many other insects.
“Bed Bugs Spread Diseases”… False
Truth: After decades of study bed bugs have never been shown to be a significant disease vector in the public arena. Don’t be stampeded into abandoning your residence for an expensive or even inexpensive hotel or throwing our expensive furnishings. The bed bug bite is most a cosmetic nuisance and later will explain how we usually stop new bits from the first day or our treatment service.
“Bed Bugs Are Caused by Filthy Hygiene”… False
Truth: Bed bugs could care less about hygiene. All they want to do is survive by finding a sleeping human for a quick blood meal and they do not care if the human is sick or well. You are as likely to find a bed bug at a five-star hotel and a two-star. Look at bed bug internet registries and you will be shocked. This will likely continue until the lodging industry makes some long overdue, but simple, changes in room layout, décor, and operating method.
“Bed Bugs Are Likely to Attack You Any Time of Day”… False
Truth: They prefer to attack a sleeping human in deep sleep because it is less likely that we will feel their “bite,” and wake up and smash them. Bed bugs usually feed between midnight and 4am, since that is when we are in deep REM sleep. Also, they have a distinct advantage at night. They can see in infra-red which is the color wavelength of heat which we and most other predators cannot see. Bed bugs get to enjoy the stealth of invisible to their enemies. Also, bed bugs can see anything that is 2 degrees or more above room temperature. At night, bedrooms may be about 68 degrees and humans are at 98 degrees, so we stand out like a neon sign. The bed bug homes in on us like a heat-seeking missile, and it walks up a bed leg for a quick meal. Bed bugs attack by daylight only if they are starving.
“Bed Bugs Feed Often”… False
Truth: Bed bugs can double their weight in ten minutes and triple it in 15. If you gained that much weight in ne shot meal, it would probably take you months to lose it all. Bed bugs do not have to get up and go to work each day so they use far less energy and last up to 400 days between meals. The few bed bugs feeding on any night is just the tip of the iceberg. The colony is probably much larger than you think.
“You Can’t See Bed Bugs”… False
Truth: Bed bugs start the size of a period at the end of a sentence, translucent in color, and grow to about the size and color of an apple seed. If you can read this, you can see both sizes, though it is sometimes difficult. Bed bugs are so nocturnal and reclusive that they are rarely out in the open for you to see them.
“No Bites Means No Bed Bugs”… False
Truth: Most allergies affect only a small percentage of people. Are half your friends allergic to sea food? Or nuts? Or ragweed pollen? No but about half of the population are allergic to bed bug “bites!” That means the other half aren’t they are asymptomatic. While they think they don’t have bed bugs, they may be hosting a whole colony. That is why we rely on scent detecting dogs to find even a few bed bugs hiding in odd places.
“All Bed Bug Bites Look the Same”… False
Truth: It totally depends on everyone’s personal reaction as to how the “bite” will look. Some get big welts that will take weeks to clear while others get very small marks that are hardly noticed. And yet others get no marks at all. The best bed bug experts (entomologists) and the best skin doctors (dermatologists) are really guessing when they look at bug bites.
“Bed Bug Bites Show Up Right Away”… False
Truth: You went to bed last night without a bit mark and you woke up this morning with a bite or two so it must have happened during the night, right? Wrong. The actual “bite” may have occurred 3 or 7 or even 14 days ago. So where were you in the last two weeks and in which bed were you sleeping? You will probably never know unless you’ve been in the same bed over the course of the last 15 days, and even then, it may have occurred somewhere you sat.
“Bed Bug Bites Show Up in Rows of Three”… False
Truth: Our Company does only bed bug remediation and inspections. We see “bites” that are one at a time., or 3, or 30. The three in a two is just an old wives’ tale.
“Bed Bugs Live Only in Beds”… False
Truth: Most bed bugs usually prefer to live close to where their victims sleep – in tight, dark, undisturbed places. That is often in the mattress, the box spring, the bed frame, and the headboard (especially if it is upholstered.) There are many nooks and crannies around the room where the bed bugs can hide in virtual hibernation for months, until their next meal. The tightest and therefore safest place is usually on the lower right and left edges of the box spring where it sits on the ledges of the side rails. While 75% of the bed bugs are typically in the bed, a major exception is the female that is eligible for mating right after she has had a blood meal. The mating process is so brutal that she flees all the males that are in pursuit. In this way she spreads the infestation around the room and the residence, in other furniture, in walls, behind baseboards, under carpet, etc. That is where the other 25% hide out. Putting in new carpeting or throwing it out along with the bed or other furniture is futile. The remaining bed bugs will rapidly infest the new replacements. All of this can be avoided with Bed Bugs all Gone’s process.
“You Can Never Get Rid of Bed Bugs”… False
Truth: With a little time and a little patience, you will reap big rewards. Bed Bugs all Gone uses a non-toxic method that outlasts the bed bug’s ability to go without food. We create a physical quarantine between you and the bed bugs that will prevent them from biting you again, from the very first day we service until that last bug dies, as long as you keep that physical quarantine. Our clients remain bed bug free because we create the greatest bed bug resistance available.
“Toxic Chemicals Are the Best Way to Kill Bed Bugs”… False
Truth: Toxic chemicals has ben the primary means pest control companies have tried to battle bed bugs for over two decades while this epidemic has grown by 10 – 20% annually. It hasn’t been working well. Bed bugs have become resistant to old chemicals and new ones are introduced with the same results. The current toxic-treatment protocol is three thorough toxic treatments over the course of thirty days. That is supposed to result in 75 – 80% success; that is the same as 20 – 25% failure. This is a dismal result considering all the preparation, life’s disruption, and required vacancy (times three.) Companies using this method usually gives warranties of 30 days or less. We have found that just one of our non-toxic treatments allows us to give a full 15-month warranty and we return less than 5% of the time for a small touch-up. Most of our clients remain bed bug free for years.
“Heat Treating Is the Best Way to Go”… False
Truth: Sometimes heat gets good results; sometimes it does not. There is no way heat today can kill a bed bug tomorrow., next month or next year like our non-toxic spray can. If they miss a single bed bug or a new one is introduced to your home, you must do it all over again. Heat requires lots of preparation, vacancy for a day, gives no lasting residual, and the warranty is 30 days or less. This is not a good bet.
“Gas Fumigation Under a Big Tent Is Best”… False
Truth: This is your best chance of killing everything under the tent quickly – in three to four days, but there is absolutely no residual after the tent is removed. Gas today can not kill a bed bug tomorrow or next month. There is lots of preparation. All food must be removed or double bagged. All pets, aquariums, and plants must also be removed from the house. You will have to move out of your home for three to four days and there is always a risk you may bring back a bed bug from wherever you stayed. This is the most expensive option; the warranty is usually 30 days or less.
There Is a Better Way!
For those deciding on a heat treatment or gas fumigation, your best bet is to follow that service up with a bed bug resistance program from Bed Bugs all Gone. You get the comfort of feeling most if not all bed bugs are destroyed and for any lagging behind, the “Resistance Program” will take care of them and give you residual protection for years.
Call Bed Bugs all Gone
For details on a full-out bed bug remediation program or for a bed bug “Resistance Program.” (844) 416-4999.