Bed Bug Myths Debunked!

Myth:  Any type of pesticide will kill bed bugs.

Fact:  No store bought pesticides or natural remedy has proven to be effective at killing bed bugs.  A Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional is needed to kill these bloodsucking pests.

Myth:  Bed bugs only bite in the dark.

Fact:  Bed bugs are typically nocturnal creatures, but they will adapt their feeding habits to satisfy their feeding needs. In severely infested homes, bed bugs will bite whenever possible.

Myth:  Bed bugs cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Fact:  Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed.  Nymphs are smaller in size, white(ish) in color (red if they have eaten), and look like adults.  Eggs are very tiny and difficult to see.

Myth:  All bed bug furniture must be disposed of.

Fact:  In most instances furniture can be successfully treated by a Monmouth County, NJ pest control professional so disposal is not necessary.  A bed bug bite-proof mattress encasement does help to keep bed bugs out of the bed and will seal any bed bugs that are on the mattress inside.  You can expect sealed bed bugs to die off in about a year.

Myth:  Like many other types of insects, bed bugs must eat every day.

Fact:  Bed bugs are able to abstain from feeding for over a year which is why they are so difficult to eradicate.

Myth:  Using an insect fogger will work to kill bed bugs.

Fact:  Recent studies have proven that insect foggers are completely ineffective at killing bed bugs, nymphs and their eggs.  In fact, the use of foggers will cause bed bugs to scatter throughout a building making the infestation worsen.

Myth:  Bed bug bite victims always know when they have been bitten by bed bugs.

Fact:  It is estimated that approximately 50% of the population that is bitten by bed bugs does not know that they have been bitten as they do not suffer the allergic reaction to their bite wounds.  Additionally, bed bug bite wounds could take as long as 10 days to appear so it can be difficult to pin-point the exact date of exposure if a reaction does occur.

Contact Allison Pest Control for fast bed bug eradication services.