As a pest control technicians, we get asked a lot of questions. We get extensive training throughout the year, while learning new techniques, and reading new studies and findings on pest control regularly. When it comes to bed bugs a lot of our clients are dealing with them for the first time. So we always have to be ready to answer any question. The internet is a great source of information but with all of that information, it’s hard to determine what’s true, what’s common, and what’s the standard. With that being said here are some of the most common myths we hear about bed bugs.
The lifespan of a bed bug
Bed bugs can live up to 18 months. ( yea right! )The lifespan of a bedbug is the most-lied fact on the internet. Now to be clear we’re talking about the average lifespan. In some cases, bedbugs have been known to live up to 18 months but On average bedbugs only live between 3 to 7 months without a blood meal. There are cases where bedbugs have lived up to 18 months but these have been in situations that have been under the perfect conditions meaning the perfect temperature, the perfect humidity, and the perfect lighting. Commonly if they have Access to a living host they can survive much longer.
Bed bugs can hide anywhere
with the name bedbugs, you would probably assume bedbugs only live in beds, not true. Bedbugs are commonly found in beds but if you slept on the floor you could call them, floor bugs if you sleep on a couch they would be called couch bugs, get it ? Bedbugs are slow-moving insects so they don’t really want to be far from their host or in your case victim. Bed Bugs can hide in all kinds of furniture they usually like to hang out next to their host and where they spend the most time, these places are usually beds, couches, and recliners. So don’t assume throwing your bed away is going to fix your bedbug problem.
Bed bugs are very visible
When beginning my career as a pest control technician this question confuses me a lot, can you see bed bugs? Of course, I’m thinking to myself. After years of experience, I see how customers can assume this. Bed Bugs hide most of the time unlike other pests, bedbugs don’t scavenge Or explore often. They find their victim, drain as much blood as they can, then it’s back to hiding. So if you have bad eyesight, have bad lighting in your room, or use dark sheets on your bed, This offers great camouflage for these bloodsuckers.
Bedbugs reproduce quickly
A lot of our customers wonder, how did this bed bug infestation get out of control so fast? The misconception is they reproduce extremely quickly, this is false. Remember what we said earlier, bedbugs hide most of the time. because of this fact, they often go unnoticed. Consider this, are you a hard sleeper do you have tough skin, or maybe you don’t change your sheets often? These all could be reasons why these bite-size vampires have gone unnoticed. The bigger the family in a house, can play a factor as well. So the more victims the quicker the infestation can grow. bed bugs mate every 6 to 8 weeks. A female bed bug needs a blood meal before, laying eggs But after can lay one to three per day up to weeks after.
Bedbugs any time of the day
Another myth is that bedbugs only bite at night. while this is true most of the time there are exceptions. Bedbugs will wait for blood but they won’t if they don’t have to. if you’re somebody who loves to take naps during the day or has a night job Don’t worry they will definitely find a way to get a meal. they set their feeding schedule to your sleeping schedule, not the other way around.
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