How You May Be Wrong About Bed Bugs In The Villages

How You May Be Wrong About Bed Bugs In The Villages

bed bug up close

Bed bugs are such persistent and common pests, folks don’t think they have to do any research to prepare for prevention. The basics are that these insects nibble on humans and absorb their blood. This results in hideous bumps that are itchy and red. There’s more to bed bugs though, and many of the things said about them are myths. Learn the facts and how Bertram Pest Solutions can eliminate them.

Myth #1: Bed Bugs Can’t Be Seen

Though bed bugs are as tiny as an apple seed, the human eye can still catch sight of them. The reddish-brown pests are 0.25 of an inch long. A round head with two antennas tops their bodies. Then, there’s a middle part that has an unusual shape. Finally, there’s a circular tail that’s much larger than the head. Bed bugs also have six legs. When they reproduce, they leave pearly white eggs. Before you know it, there will be tons of translucent young around.

In case you don’t see them, you’ll run into their infestation signs. The bites you’ll find on your skin will be unmistakable, as they are generally collected together and patchy. You might think it’s a rash outbreak. Check your neck, face, legs, and arms. Reddish-brown stains will be on surfaces and fabrics. Don’t be surprised to find blood drops too. Also, there will be brown and black fecal marks. It might be a bit powdery in consistency. Last, but not least, musty odors will be all in the air.

Myth #2: Bed Bugs Want Dirt And Transmit Disease

It’s never a good idea to let dirt and filth develop inside your home or business. That is sure to attract all kinds of insects and creatures. However, muck and mess isn’t a motivator for bed bugs. What they need and search for is blood to drink. That said, they will target human dwellings. 

The health conditions that bed bugs are associated with aren’t considered major diseases, but they are impactful. Those who are surrounded by these pests often report having insomnia and/or anxiety issues. Anemia can occur in the wake of a relentless infestation since blood will be taken continually. Every time you scratch a bite, you could cut your skin open. Subsequently, secondary infections come about from exposure to germs. Allergic reactions also tend to happen when bed bugs are rampant.

Myth #3: Bed Bugs Go to Mattresses Only

Bed bugs don’t care where they get blood from, as long as they have it. Animal areas and public places are just as suitable to them as mattresses are. Plenty of schools, offices, hotels, and airports have experienced trouble with these insects. They often will inch into the clothes and personal bags of people in these locations, and follow them home. Then, they’ll wander off to:  

  • Upholstery
  • Couches
  • Fabrics 
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Wallpaper 
  • Flooring

Myth #4: DIY Methods Will Kill Bed Bugs

Typically, independent avenues and commercial products will only exterminate individual bed bugs. It won’t eradicate an infestation. Given that these options are quite expensive, it would be a waste of money. It doesn’t help that there are potential chemical dangers. Our custom treatments at Bertram Pest Solutions are strong and effective but safe for humans and pets. Further, they are friendly to the environment. Our services in The Villages are affordable and have warranties. Call us today at Bertram Pest Solutions for a free inspection!