Fall Pests: Lies They Tell You About Bed Bugs In Your Home
Bed bugs in your home can be a real problem, but it’s important to know exactly what they are so that you know how to get rid of them and keep them from coming back. Over the years, we’re sure you’ve heard some wild connotations about bed bugs, and we’re here to squash the assumptions. Let’s take a moment to clear up some common lies they tell you about bed bugs, and then talk about why it is important that you know the truth.
“You Can’t Even See Them”
Fully-grown bed bugs are definitely small (only about 4-5mm in length) but that doesn’t mean you can’t spot them with the naked eye. While easy to overlook, even baby bugs can be seen on your belongings. They can also appear transparent – making them even harder to detect.
The reason you probably won’t see bed bugs in your home isn’t that they are too small, but rather that they are drawn to tight corners and can be extremely photosensitive. has more to do with how bed bugs are photosensitive and drawn to extremely tight hidden spaces. Remember to keep a keen eye when looking for these pests.
“Only Dirty Homes Can Get Bed Bugs”
These pests don’t pick your home based on dirtiness. They commonly infest your home by accident. Most of the time, it has nothing to do with the cleanliness of your home. Instead, it depends on how much of an opening you give them. They are not attracted to bacteria, dirt, or smells. Once the pests are inside, they move around quickly, settling in tight and hidden spaces throughout your home. One common spot just so happens to be the corners of your mattress! However, they can also find a safe space in suitcases, purses, pillows, sleeping bags, or other warm portable items you bring in and out of your home.
“They Spread Disease!”
While this isn’t a total lie, it is only a possibility. Bed bugs can carry certain diseases, specifically bacteria that cause Chagas disease. The key word is can. Just because you may have bed bugs, does not always mean they are harboring harmful diseases. However, there is no evidence currently suggesting that they can lead to exposure to the bacterium causing Chagas disease.
“They Are Called That For A Reason”
Usually, when you think of bed bugs, you think of… well… beds. While they can absolutely show up in the corners of your mattress, pillows, and bed sheets, it is not the only location where these pests can be found. You can find them in different fabrics such as furniture and clothes, light fixtures, electrical outlets, and other small, tight locations.
They can even be found in carpeting, baseboards, and moldings. While getting rid of infested sheets is a good idea, throwing your entire bed away may not get rid of the whole problem.
“Just DIY It”
You’ll find products on the market that claim to kill bed bugs. But these products rarely stop an infestation for long. Bed bugs can outsmart you, and the manufacturers of these products don’t tell you that. You should know that these products rarely stop an infestation. If you’re looking to get a head start on your infestation, here are a few tips you can start with:
- Sprays may not reach bed bug hiding places.
- Some sprays won’t even kill bed bugs in the newly hatched stages.
- Some sprays aren’t safe for indoor use, especially around pets of small children.
- Most DIY sprays lose effectiveness before they get rid of the problem.
- Traps only work for a small number of bed bugs.
- While mattress casings can help, they cannot stop bed bugs that have already made their way to your couch, chairs, and carpeting.
Ultimately, the best solution is to call a professional immediately. There is a possibility, depending on the size of the infestation, that the whole house will need to be treated.
Here’s The Truth
If you live in South Carolina or along the Grand Strand, bed bugs are still a possibility in any home. The best way to address an infestation situation is with professional pest control. That’s where we come in! Best Home & Property Services uses the most advanced bed bug control methods to ensure that your home is safe from all pests.
The professionals at Best Home & Property Services are here to help you ensure your new home is pest-free. Think you may have a pest problem? Give us a call at 843-236-3065 or get a FREE QUOTE right online.