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Bedbugs: Myths and Misconceptions

Jun 15, 2012

 

As seen in the media, there has been a huge resurgence of bedbugs all around the world in recent years. In the early 1990’s it was almost unheard of to have bedbugs; people thought they were a thing of the past. Now however, it’s a different story. Infestations have skyrocketed, and there is a lot of misinformation available making it hard to know what is fact or fiction! The main reasons that are believed to have contributed to the resurgence are: the bedbugs’ gained resistance to the pesticides used to eradicate them; increased domestic and international travel; and a lack of knowledge regarding bedbug treatment.
 

Care Pest & Wildlife Control Ltd. has over 15 years experience dealing with bedbugs. We get flooded with calls on a daily basis regarding treatment and are prepared for any situation.

Our bedbug sniffing dogs are extremely accurate in detecting bedbugs. Our K9 inspection teams have been:

 

  • Certified by the National Entomology Scent Detection Canine Association (NESDCA) to find live bedbugs and viable eggs.
  • Trained regularly to ensure consistency and accuracy.

 

Another thing Care Pest & Wildlife Control Ltd. can be trusted for is up-to-date knowledge. There are so many sources out there that have been swayed by myths and rumors about how bedbugs affect us, and from where they originate. See if you can do this short true or false quiz and test your knowledge!

           

  1. Bedbugs only bite in the dark.
  2. Only dirty, cluttered homes get bedbugs.
  3. If you have bedbugs you need to get rid of infested furniture and clothing.
  4. Bedbugs are not known to cause or spread disease.
  5. Bedbugs cannot fly, and will not jump from the floor to the bed.
  6. Bedbugs are only found on the bed.
  7. Bedbugs can live up to 18 months without feeding.
  8. Bug bombs provide very little control of bedbugs, and many even cause the bedbug population to disperse, making control more difficult.

How did you do? Here are the answers:

  1. FALSE. Bedbugs are prone to bite whenever a host has been sitting or sleeping for an extended period of time. They are attracted to body heat, and will feast when necessary.
  2. FALSE. Bedbugs are not attracted to dirt, nor do they eat it. Bedbugs are attracted to their host and are not specific to any dwelling. As long as there is a food source there, they’ll be happy spending time there.
  3. FALSE. Most furniture clothing, and mattresses can be treated to eradicate bedbugs. However, in some cases of high infestation furniture will have to be thrown out.
  4. TRUE. The latest studies show that bedbugs do not transmit diseases or any type of bacteria. It has been shown that the control of bedbugs does not contribute to a drop in disease rates.
  5. TRUE. Bedbugs are flightless, and are not like fleas, which jump from host to host. They can however, hide in clothing, suitcases and mattresses which are carried by their host and then transferred when the host moves from couch to mattress, etc.
  6. FALSE. Bedbugs hide where its warm, so light and electrical sockets are very common hiding places. As well, anywhere a host sits for a prolonged period of time, such as a couch, will harbor them as well.
  7. TRUE. Bedbugs will go into a dormant stage if there is no host for a length of time. They will then become active again if a host reappears within that 18-month period.
  8. TRUE. Bug bombs are an aerosol and will not penetrate the layers of fabric of a mattress or couch, therefore; they do not effectively kill bedbugs. The bedbugs sense fumes from the bug bomb and they will scatter.

As you can see, treating a bedbug situation is not as cut and dry as one might think, and therefore; you should consult a professional like Care to be sure your problem will be solved. 


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