All The Ways You Could Be Wrong About Bed Bugs In Gainesville

February 15, 2021

If we were to ask you to write as many facts as you could about bed bugs, how many do you think you could jot down? Moreover, how many do you think would be accurate? A surprising amount of the “facts” surrounding bed bugs are false and based on myth or assumption. To help you figure out where you might be wrong about these invasive pests, here are some of the most common myths Gainesville residents believe about bed bugs.

bed bug biting skin and drinking blood

Myth Number One: Bed bugs only live on beds

When a pest is named “bed bug”, one would think they spend at least the majority of their time around beds. The truth is that most bed bugs only frequent beds when they are feeding. While homeowners are sleeping, these pests will hide in cracks, crevices, and hard-to-reach places and do their best to stay out of sight.

Myth Number Two: Bed bugs spread disease

This myth is only partly true; bed bugs do spread disease, but just not commonly. Studies show bed bugs are capable of carrying Chagas disease, a disease mainly spread by kissing bugs. That said, Chagas disease has yet to make its way to the United States and is mainly a problem south of our border.

Myth Number Three: Bed bugs are too small to see

Because bed bugs are good at hiding, many people assume they are just too small to see, but this simply isn’t true. A fully grown bed bug is about the size of an apple seed and has a district reddish-brown color and shield-shaped body.

Myth Number Four: Bed bugs can survive years without eating

Bed bugs aren’t like humans in that they don’t need a regular intake of food to survive, but they cannot survive years without a blood meal. The longest bed bugs can survive without eating is two-to-three months. They often use this ability to hide out in wall voids for long periods when trying to avoid dangerous bed bug treatments.

Myth Number Five: Bed bugs are nocturnal

Bed bugs bite people when they are asleep, so this must mean they are nocturnal, right? Not exactly. Keep in mind that some people work night jobs. If your home has bed bugs and you nap during the day, bed bugs will tailor their feeding schedule around the time you go to bed, regardless of how late or early it is. 

Myth Number Six: Bed bugs are easy to eliminate

If you look up home bed bug control on the internet, you will get a lot of hits. Reading through some of the offers, you might even think bed bugs are an easy pest to treat. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Bed bugs are some of the most resistant, elusive, and difficult pests that exist. More often than not, homeowners treat for these pests and find false success only for bed bugs to reemerge a month or two later. The only way to ensure your money is well spent when trying to eliminate bed bugs is to hire a professional.
At Alternative Pest Control, our team works effortlessly to provide only the highest quality bed bug solutions to homeowners around Gainsville, GA. If you suspect these annoying pests are keeping you awake at night, let one of our highly trained technicians come out and perform a thorough inspection. 
They will evaluate your problem and discuss your potential options for treatment. Contact us today to schedule a visit for your Gainsville home. When it comes to getting the job done right, we will not let you down.

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