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Myths and Facts About Bed Bugs Bed bug infestations are increasing in an alarming rate. Experts believe that the spike in bed bug infestations could be due to the lack of proper knowledge in pest control. There are a lot of misconceptions about bed bugs. It is time to understand the facts about bed bugs and disregard the myths. These facts and tips will help you better understand how to prevent and control bed bugs. What are bed bugs?: Bed bugs or cimex lectularius are small and flat parasitic insects which live off of human and animal blood. Adult bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and has six legs. Despite being light to dark brown, bed bugs turn red after feeding off on blood. They can move very swiftly over walls, floors and ceilings but cannot fly. During the day, these bugs hide in places such as mattress seams, bed frames , dresser tables or any object surrounding a bed. Misconceptions About Bed Bugs
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Myth: You cannot see bed bugs.
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Reality: They are actually big enough to be seen but are usually hiding. Adult bed bugs are big enough to be seen by the naked eye but the key is to look for them in their hiding places. Myth: Bed bugs like dirty places. Reality: Bed bugs are not attracted to filth or dirt but to blood, warmth and carbon dioxide. Clutter, however, gives them more options to hide and some bed bugs are able to enter your home undetected through used pieces of furniture, luggage and clothing. Myth: Bed bugs are disease carriers. Reality: There is not study or evidence to prove that bed bugs can transmit diseases to a person from another host. Bed bugs are annoying because they can cause itchiness and even loss of sleep. Myth: Bed bugs will not come up unless it is dark. Reality: These pests prefer darkness but having a brightly lit room will not prevent them from coming out to bite you. Bed bugs prefer darkness but keeping the lights open will not deter them from biting you. Treatment: Upon discovery of bed bugs, nymphs or even eggs, you must immediately perform the following steps. Using hot water, clean linens, bedding, curtains and clothing and dry these items as well using the highest setting. Items such as stuffed animals can not be washed sometimes so the best option will be to place these items inside the dryer for 30 minutes on high. You should also vacuum the mattress after scrubbing with a stiff brush. Vacuum the surrounding area of the bed and then immediately dispose the vacuum cleaner bag in an outdoor garbage can.