Bed bugs have become a major threat for residential and commercial property owners, and the Southeast Texas region is no exception. These pests went dormant over the past 60 plus years due to the widespread use of DDT, but resurgence has escalated since the late 1990’s. Entomologists speculate that the resurgence of bed bugs may be due to increased international travel, the ban on DDT, and a higher resistance to pesticides that are currently being used. Bed bugs present a significant risk and challenge to both homeowners and businesses alike.
Here some common myths about bedbugs and the truth behind them.
Myth #1: You can’t see bed bugs. Adult bed bugs are the size, shape and color of an apple seed. Younger bed bugs (nymphs) and bed bug eggs can be difficult to see.
Myth #2: Bed bugs are found in unsanitary and low income areas. Bed bugs can be found in clean and unclean facilities from five star hotels, shelters, residential homes, commercial buildings and schools.
Myth #3: Throwing away the mattress will get rid of bed bugs. Bed bugs are not contained to bed areas and can live within 10 ft of sleeping areas.
Myth #4: I don’t have any bug bites, so I don’t have bed bugs. Everyone reacts to bed bug bites differently – some react, while others don’t.
Myth #5: Bed bugs transmit diseases. There is no evidence proving bed bugs transmit disease.