Dispelling Common Bed Bug Myths

 In In The Media, Pest Control, Pest Control Tips, Pest Prevention

Bed bugs are an increasingly common problem for commercial properties throughout the Los Angeles Metro Area. Back in the day, bed bugs were a pest of the past. Unfortunately, in the last couple of decades bed bugs have come back with a vengeance, largely due to the rise in international travel. Because bed bugs are so feared, a lot of false information is spread about them constantly. It’s important to learn how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to bed bugs and their habits, and the team at Isotech Pest Management is here to help. Keep reading to learn the truth about many common bed bug myths.

Frequently Asked Questions about Bed Bugs

  1. Are bed bugs more likely to infest messy homes?
    • This is one of the biggest myths. Anyone is prone to a bed bug problem, regardless of whether or not your home is clean.
  2. Do bed bugs fly or jump?
    • No! Unlike fleas and ticks, bed bugs can only crawl from one place to another. This is mostly due to their underdeveloped wings.
  3. Do bed bugs only feed at night?
    • Bed bugs are active when their hosts are at rest. This has led many people to think they’re nocturnal, but they actually can feed at any time of the day.
  4. Can bed bugs infest areas of your home other than your bedroom?
    • Yes, they can! Although bedrooms are common targets, they can congregate in living areas near sofas, furniture, cracks in the wall, and more.
  5. Can you see adult bed bugs without a magnifying glass?
    • Nymphs are nearly impossible to see due to their size and translucent color. However, adult bed bugs are the size of an apple seed and can definitely be seen, especially since they group together!
  6. Should you throw away infested mattresses or furniture?
    • No! In fact, you shouldn’t move infested furniture in the midst of an infestation. Doing so can contribute to bed bugs spreading into other areas.
  7. Do bed bug bites transmit disease?
    • Thankfully, no. Bed bug bites may be itchy and leave a red mark on your skin, but their bites do not transmit dangerous diseases as mosquitoes do.
  8. Are bed bugs capable of living for months without feeding.
    • Yes, but it’s unlikely for them to live for a year unless they are in the most optimal conditions. Young bed bugs need to feed more often than adults.
  9. Do bed bugs latch onto or burrow into your skin?
    • No, bed bugs do not latch onto humans or animals in the way that fleas and ticks do. After feeding, they will retreat back to their hiding places.
  10. Can you get rid of bed bugs with DIY methods?
    • Getting rid of bed bugs always requires the help of a professional pest control company. DIY or all-natural methods may just make the problem worse.

What to Do About Bed Bugs in Los Angeles

A bed bug infestation in your commercial property can damage your reputation. At Isotech Pest Management, we have decades of experience providing our customers with effective, quick bed bug control services. To learn more about how we can keep you bed bug-free in your hotel or other commercial property, contact our team today!

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