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Reasonable Expectations When Getting Rid of Bed Bugs

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

Bed bugs! They're one of the most maligned and, quite possibly, most misunderstood creatures on the planet. We’re not arguing with the fact that these tiny pests are unpleasant and certainly unwelcome just about anywhere. But there are some myths out there.

In this post, we'll break it all down for you, explaining what bed bugs are, how you can tell if you have a bed bug infestation, how to get rid of them if you do and, last but not least, what results you can expect after applying a bed bug spray or otherwise treating for bed bugs.

Bed Bugs: Myth vs. Reality

But before we talk about ways to get rid of bed bugs, it’s important that we explode a few myths about these tiny interlopers. Why? Because knowing what is true ̶ and what is not ̶ about bed bugs can save you precious time and money when you have to eradicate them.

Here are few misconceptions about bed bugs:

You can’t see them. They live in dirty environments. They carry and will transmit diseases to humans. They won’t come out into the light. They hide if there’s a human present. The US government has funding available for those who need help controlling them. These are all falsehoods about bed bugs, and the truth is that calling the forgoing ‘misconceptions’ is too generous a term. Myths would be a more accurate word.

The Truth about Bed Bugs

  1. First of all, you can see bed bugs with the naked eye; and no, they don’t live in dirty places. In fact, bed bugs are not particularly fond of dirt and grime. They are attracted to warm, cluttered places and, of course, carbon dioxide and blood!

  2. Second, bed bugs do not transmit diseases. Period. However, that said, they do sometimes play a role in some public health issues. While severe allergic reactions to their bites are rare, they can cause secondary infections such as impetigo, ecthyma, and lymphangitis.

  3. Third, bed bugs are not afraid of the light, or humans for that matter. They may prefer the darkness but keeping the light on at night won’t stop the little dears from biting you!

  4. Finally, it is simply not true that the government, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will disperse monies to help control bed bug infestations. It might be nice to hope so, of course, but it’s simply not true!

So What Are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs can be found the world over and, contrary to popular belief, they can be found virtually anywhere: homes, offices, hospitals, factories, retirement homes and prisons, to name but a few locations!