If you’ve got bed bugs, you’ve got a fair amount of panic running through your system. Even if you’ve only heard about a friend of a friend with bed bugs, you’re liable to start feeling itchy and seeing spots in your bed. When the going gets tough, the tough go to the internet! Unfortunately, bad bed bug advice is as prevalent as bed bugs in an infested bed. Here at Action Pest Exterminating, we’re here to help you steer clear of bed bug fairytales and provide you with the cold, hard facts you need to take on these creepy critters.
Bed Bugs Live Where It’s Dirty
We hate to break it to you, but keeping a clean house won’t dissuade bed bugs from moving in. The rumor that they only go where it’s dirty is not only false, it adds a heaping helping of unnecessary guilt to anyone unlucky enough to have bed bugs infest their home. The truth is, bed bugs eat human blood, not dirt. So if they find a way into your home, they’re staying, no matter how few dust bunnies roam the place.
Bed Bugs Are Easy to Spot
A quick internet image search will pull up more zoomed in pictures of monstrous looking bed bugs than you ever really want to see. That often gives the impression that these infesting insects take up as much space physically as they do in our minds. But the truth is, even the adults are only as big as an apple seed or a grain of rice. The tinier ones? They could hide behind a sesame seed. Only against a bright white sheet do you have a chance of seeing those tiny terrors. And after a meal, bed bugs like to stay hidden for days while they digest.
Bed Bugs Can Leap Tall Furniture in a Single Bound
We’ll admit, this rumor even freaks us out. But we’re here to give you at least a little relief. Bed bugs can’t jump. They also can’t fly. So while they may crawl on you while you’re sleeping, you can toss out that nightmare image of them dive bombing your face.
A Vacuum is a Good Bed Bug Remedy
Yes, vacuums suck up bed bugs. But like we said, they’re good at hiding. And they make it their business to cling to any surface they’re on. So even if they do get vacuumed up, they’re likely to hang onto a stray hair or fiber in your vacuum cleaner. Even worse? If you fail to get them out, even after inspecting every inch of your vacuum cleaner after using it, they’ll take the opportunity to crawl out and move to another area in your home.
Diatomaceous Earth Will Solve Your Bed Bug Problem
Diatomaceous earth is something you’ve probably never tried to say or spell before until you started looking around for bed bug remedies. While the finely ground dust is a part of many bed bug treatments, it can’t do the job alone. If you rely only on diatomaceous earth, the bed bugs are sure to find their way around your traps before long. And even for the bugs who do get caught by the dust, they can take up to ten days to die.
CO2 Traps Will Rid You of Bed Bugs
Are you noticing a theme here? There are a lot of “surefire bed bug remedies” out there on the internet that are anything but. CO2 traps are good at luring bed bugs and killing them, but not in any sufficient volume to take on an infestation. Instead, these traps are typically used to identify the presence of bed bugs and give you some indication of how bad the infestation is.
Bed Bugs Are Not a Threat to Your Health
Unlike mosquitoes, bed bugs don’t pass on diseases from one human to another. That can lead many folks to think of them as simply an annoyance, not a threat to their health. But itchy, swollen, red bites are nothing to scoff at, especially when it comes to elderly folks and infants. On top of that, the psychological effects can keep people on edge for a long while during and after infestation. Bed bugs often become an overwhelming presence in your mind, and that can interfere significantly with your daily life.
For bed bug treatment you can trust in North Carolina, give Action Pest Exterminating a call at (704) 269-4162. One of the things that sets us apart from other pest control companies is our incredible Bed Bug Certified K-9 Pest Control Team.