Debunking Bed Bug Myths


We’ve all heard the saying, “Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” There is truth to that saying and bed bugs really do bite. But what about other bed bug tales? Naturally, when we think about any type of bug, we associate it with unsanitary conditions and if you were bit by a bug you would know immediately.

Knowing the true stories about bed bugs will make a difference if you do spot bed bugs in your home or while travelling. Our expert bedbug technicians have narrowed down just a few of the many common myths surrounding bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Only Live in Dirty Places

This is not true. While bed bugs tend to hide in clutter, like any other insect, it’s not dirt that attracts these pests. Bed bugs seek carbon dioxide, blood, and warmth. Bed bugs can be found in the cleanest homes and establishments.

They Only Live in Beds

This is not true. While they are frequently found in bedding, bed bugs can be found on any surface such as furniture, walls, carpeting, and even on your luggage when you travel.

No Food for Months

Bed bugs can live for months without feeding, so this is true. One study showed that bed bugs can live as long as 550 days and not feed on anything.

This is one of the many reasons why it’s important to consult a professional pest control technician as soon as you spot bed bugs.

Bed Bugs Fly

This is not true. Bed bugs do not have wings which prevents them from flying. Bed bugs can only crawl.

Bed Bug Bites Show Up Right Away

This depends on the person. With some individuals, a bite mark from a bed bug will appear soon after the bug bites. But in some cases, a bed bug bite can take up to two weeks to appear.

When you do discover a bed bug bite, check your surroundings to determine where the bed bugs are located and then consult a professional pest control technician to eliminate the bugs.

If you have concerns about bed bugs in your home or business, contact our highly trained team at Pest Management, Inc. We will provide a comprehensive treatment with our bed bug detection dogs and thermal remediation to control bed bug issues. Give us a call today to manage the fight against bed bugs.