11 Facts About Bedbugs That People Think Are True

Posted on: January 1, 2019 by in Pest Elimination
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Even though bed bugs are becoming more and more common every year, there are still many myths swirling around.  Today we aim to debunk 11 of these popularly believed “fake facts” about bed bugs and bed bug control.

Myth #1: Bedbugs fly from victim to victim

Bedbugs can not fly due to the simple fact that they lack wings.  They can, however, crawl reasonably quickly so they can spread quickly in any public area.

Myth #2:   Bedbugs reproduce at record speed

In comparison with some other insects, bedbugs are actually slow to reproduce.  Each female bed bugs can lay one egg per day, while the common housefly lays over 500 eggs over just a few days.  But don’t think that bed bugs won’t spread more quickly then you might expect.  In just six months, and only a single bed bugs pair you can end up with over 30,000 bed bugs!

Myth #3: Bedbugs can typically live a year without a meal

This fact has been up for debate with many scientists.  The currently believed statistics is that bedbugs can comfortably live for 2-3 months without a blood meal. But, since bed bugs are cold-blooded, their metabolism will slow in colder temperatures, so if your home happens to be cooler than 73.4 this time may be extended, maybe even up to a year.

Myth #4: Bedbugs won’t bite during the day

This one is just plain wrong.  Bedbugs can bite any time of the day!  Keeping the lights on won’t save you from these vampire bugs!

Myth #5: Bedbugs only live in beds

The word “bedbug’ is a misnomer.  Bedbugs can live anywhere including, but not limited to: movie theaters, buses, trains, airplanes, vehicles and taxis, hospitals, schools and pretty much anywhere where people gather.  Likewise, bed bugs are often found on other bedroom and home furniture.
Note:  This is one of the main reasons why heat treatments are so effective because the treatment can easily take place in ALL areas of the treatment area without having to physically spray the insides of your furniture.

Myth #6: A bedbug infestation indicates a dirty environment

This myth is not only untrue; it can be very hurtful to those with bed bugs issues.  Bedbugs don’t discriminate between clean and unclean people, homes or businesses.  Bed bugs can be found anywhere, even in the most expensive, pristine homes and hotels.  Bed bugs can and will live anywhere that they are allowed to thrive, and can be picked up in ANY public location.

Myth #7: Bedbugs live on the human body

While bed bugs do live off the blood of their victims, which are often human.  They do not like heat. Therefore they don’t want to live on our clothes, or in our hair like lice or ticks do.  Bedbugs are more likely to travel on our belongings, backpacks, luggage and other personal items.

Myth #8: Bedbugs can transmit diseases

Scientists have never found that bed bugs transmit any bloodborne diseases by biting their victims. They do however harbor human pathogens and at least 27 viruses, bacteria and protozoa. There have been no reported cases where a bed bug transmitted a human disease to another host.

Myth #9: If we brought back DDT then our bed bug problem would be over

While DDT did have a big hand in drastically reducing the bed bug population before it was banned in 1972, what most people don’t know is that bedbugs can quickly develop resistances to pesticides and chemicals.  By the time DDT was banned, many bed bugs were already resistant to its effects. Also, with the ban of DDT, the most common pesticide used for bed bug control became Pyrethroids, which target the sodium channels in the bedbugs cells, just like DDT.  This means that bedbugs resistance to pyrethroids would also mean that they are still resistant to DDT.

Myth #10: You can kill bed bugs with off-the-shelf pesticides

Thanks to the pesticide resistances mentioned above, most off-the-shelf pesticides are more-or-less ineffective.  Any pesticide treatment also relies of the bed bugs coming in contact with the chemical, sometimes multiple times, which means that you would need to cover every inch of the treatment area to ensure that all of the bedbugs have been contacted.  The other issue with any chemical treatment is that eggs and bed bugs hidden inside the walls, flooring or furniture will probably not be adequately treated, which usually results in “re-occurring” infestations.

Note: A better alternative to any chemical treatment would be a professionally performed heat treatment.  If you need more info about heat treatments to feel free to call ProChem ProActive at 866-674-7779.

Myth #11: Any pest control company can kill bed bugs

Why pest control companies promise bed bug elimination when they aren’t capable of delivering on that promise is beyond us!  Before hiring a pest control company for your bed bug treatment make sure they have good reviews on past bed bug treatments, that they have experience in inspections and treatments, and ask if they perform heat treatments!  Or, just call in the pro bed bug elimination team at ProChem ProActive and let us solve your problem in as little as 24 hours!  Call us at 866-674-7779!