There’ve been a lot of rumors about bed bugs around Music City lately. While some of the most common knowledge about bed bugs is true, like bed bugs are tough to get rid of or that they like to hitch rides in your luggage, a lot of the info floating around out there is completely bogus. Below, we’ll outline some of the most widespread misinformation around bed bugs. We’ll bust the myths and lay out the facts on how you get these creepy crawlies, where they like to live, and what you can do about them.
Myth 1: You Can’t See Bed Bugs
Where this myth came from, no one seems to know. Bed bugs are certainly tiny – less than a tenth of a centimeter in length – but they’re not microscopic. If you lay eyes on one, you’ll be able to clearly see it. To tell whether it’s a bed bug, look for some key characteristics:
Not round like ladybugs- they are flat
Normally tan or light brown in color
Shaped like a very fat oval
Will be hidden in the creases and buttons in your mattress or sofa
Myth 2: Bed Bugs Only Infest Dirty Houses
It’s a common misbelief that bed bugs are only for dirty people who don’t clean their houses. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While vacuuming and clearing clutter can help reduce bed bug hiding spots, the reality is that bed bugs can infest just about any home, no matter how clean it is. Bed bugs don’t need dirt – they need people. If there are humans and human furniture in an environment, they have everything they need to thrive. You also don’t pick them up from being “dirty.” Bed bugs can hide out anywhere people are; public transportation, hotels, laundromats, and airports are all common places to pick up bed bugs. The more you travel, the higher your risk, which makes us particularly vulnerable here in Nashville, since so many people come into Music City from around the country and around the world.
Myth 3: Bed Bugs Only Infest Beds
Bed bugs are called bed bugs because they like to come out at night and feed on you while you’re sleeping in your bed. However, this doesn’t mean they’re bedridden. The truth is that once a bed bug population explodes inside your home, they can infest anything. This doesn’t just mean other pieces of furniture like your couch or your chairs. It really means anything. Bed bugs have been found in some crazy places, from inside computers, behind the faceplates of electrical outlets, and even in the cracks of wooden picture frames. They also love to hide out in your clothing, so if you have an infestation, there’s a good chance they’re all over your closet.
Myth 4: Home Remedies Can Bust Bed Bug Infestations
There are a few things you can do to avoid bed bugs. These include:
- Inspecting hotel room mattresses for signs of bed bugs like blood spots or actual bugs
- Never laying luggage or clothing on hotel beds
- Wash clothes in hot water
- Vacuuming frequently to suck up bugs hiding in carpet fibers
- Using a mattress protector so they can’t hide in the creases and folds of your beds
- Call In The Experts At ThermalRid
Sometimes no matter what you do you could still wind up with an infestation. There are lots of home remedies out there that claim to be able to eliminate bed bugs, but for the most part, these claims are just false advertising. Bed bugs are not only tough to kill, they also breed quickly like rabbits and hide better than you can imagine. This makes it next to impossible for homeowners and business owners to deal with them alone.
If the bed bugs have moved in, the best thing to do is call the professionals to get them moved out. Here at ThermalRid, we’ve got the tools and the know-how to help you get rid of bed bugs no matter where they’re hiding. Our certified technicians know all the dirty tricks in the bed bug book, and they’ll help you evict the bugs. So if these unwanted houseguests have worn out their welcome, call ThermalRid at (888) 561-0363 or visit our contact page to schedule service today.