BUSTING BED BUG MYTHS – Part 1 of 4

September 9, 2012 by Doug Moore

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MYTH:  I can’t have bed bugs because I have not been anywhere.

Unfortunately travel, whether overseas or locally, is not the only possible source of bed bugs.  In an increasing number of cases people are finding it hard to pin down a case of bed bugs to a obvious source such as a trip abroad or the acquisition of a piece of second hand furniture.  We are increasingly finding that bed bugs may be spread on the public transportation network, via the workplace, from an adjoining property, or even from a house guest who has unknowingly brought the problem with them.

MYTH:  It can’t be bed bugs because I get bitten but my partner does not.

The simple fact is that two people sleeping in the same bed may both be bitten by bed bugs but respond in a different way. Some people immediately have a reaction to the bites while others show little or no signs – it all depends on how much you respond to different types of insect bites, the environment you live in and your immune response.  Studies have shown that about 35% of the population does not have any allergic reaction to bed bug bites.

 MYTH:  Bed bugs can be killed by the cold.

Yes they can be killed by extremes of cold and hot but it is unlikely that outside temperatures will rise or fall enough to effectively kill them.

MYTH:  Bed bugs are resistant to all pesticides.

This is not true but they are becoming increasingly resistant to many of the over-used pesticides.

MYTH:  I can’t have bed bugs because I have not been anywhere.

Unfortunately travel, whether overseas or locally, is not the only possible source of bed bugs.  In an increasing number of cases people are finding it hard to pin down a case of bed bugs to a obvious source such as a trip abroad or the acquisition of a piece of second hand furniture.  We are increasingly finding that bed bugs may be spread on the public transportation network, via the workplace, from an adjoining property, or even from a house guest who has unknowingly brought the problem with them.

MYTH:  It can’t be bed bugs because I get bitten but my partner does not.

The simple fact is that two people sleeping in the same bed may both be bitten by bed bugs but respond in a different way. Some people immediately have a reaction to the bites while others show little or no signs – it all depends on how much you respond to different types of insect bites, the environment you live in and your immune response.  Studies have shown that about 35% of the population does not have any allergic reaction to bed bug bites.

 MYTH:  Bed bugs can be killed by the cold.

Yes they can be killed by extremes of cold and hot but it is unlikely that outside temperatures will rise or fall enough to effectively kill them.

MYTH:  Bed bugs are resistant to all pesticides.

This is not true but they are becoming increasingly resistant to many of the over-used pesticides.

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