All The Ways You Could Be Wrong About Bed Bugs In Tulsa
May 4, 2021
It’s the stuff of nightmares. You, alone in your bed, being fed upon by insects while you sleep peacefully. But, that’s precisely what bed bugs will do if they invade your Tulsa home. Pest professionals have found bed bugs anywhere humans congregate. More and more pest professionals report that bed bugs might be the hardest bug to eradicate from homes.
That’s why Dandi Guaranty is here to tackle the biggest myths about bed bugs and get you the facts, so you can be on the lookout for early signs of a bed bug infestation.
Myth 1: Bed bugs happen in and around beds in dirty homes.
Bed bugs can happen to anyone. In fact, they live wherever people are. Bed bugs can be found in businesses, residences, hotels, dormitories, public transportation, and daycare centers. They have special sensors to detect body heat from warm-blooded people and for CO2. Notoriously, bed bugs hitch rides on clothing, inside packages or suitcases, and can be transported from home to home without detection.
Where might you find bed bugs in your Tulsa property? Bed bugs prefer sleeping areas because they are most active between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. when they take blood meals to give them the nutrients to survive and grow. The worse the infestation, the bolder bed bugs will be, sometimes even feeding in broad daylight.
Myth 2: Bed bugs spread disease.
Bed bugs are not scientifically proven to spread diseases. Unlike ticks and other parasites, they are “clean eaters,” meaning they are unlikely to pass pathogens when they feed on human blood. However, some studies suggest that bed bug infestations can lead to other health issues such as insomnia.
While humans don’t typically feel a bed bug bite during sleep, the bites form clusters of red, itchy welts. Some people may have an allergic reaction to the bites. Or, when scratching the bites, people can introduce bacteria into the welt causing secondary infections. In severe cases, bed bug bites can cause anemia, a condition that prevents the healthy flow of blood and oxygen to your body’s tissues.
Myth 3: Bed bugs are too small to see.
Unless you are looking for bed bugs, the signs of a bed bug infestation can be hard to see. Adult bed bugs are only as large as an apple seed, growing to an average of 5mm in size. During the day, bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices under mattresses, behind headboards and electrical outlet casings, and inside picture frames and wall hangings. Before feeding, the oval bed bug is as flat as a piece of paper. But once it feeds, bed bugs will turn a deep mahogany color and be more swollen and rounded. Still, since bed bugs usually only come out at night, how will you know you have an infestation?
There are some tell-tale signs of bed bugs you can spot during the day. They might be small, but they are visible to an attentive eye:
- bed bug bites on your person
- fecal spots on linens or upholstery
- pale white or translucent bug molt skins
- bed bug eggs or egg casings
Any of these signs could indicate a bed bug infestation.
Myth 4: You can get rid of bed bugs on your own.
Have you spotted one of the signs and think you have bed bugs? You won’t have success with DIY methods. In fact, the National Pest Management Association says 75% of pest professionals list bed bugs as the most stubborn pests to treat.
Why? It’s extremely difficult to get every bed bug in one shot. Bed bugs lay up to 5 eggs a day. Treatments typically only kill the adult bed bugs. That means it will take a few rounds of scheduled treatments to exterminate bed bugs at all stages of their life cycle.
Bed bugs have become resistant to chemical treatments. Back in the day when DDT was a thing, bed bugs could be eradicated. Over time as pest professionals have switched to safer products inside homes and businesses, bed bugs simultaneously built chemical resistance to treatment products. Pest professionals draw on their expertise to use a variety of safe techniques to halt a bed bug infestation.
Want to eliminate bed bugs from your home? Contact Dandi Guaranty at the first sign of bed bugs.