BUSTING BED BUG MYTHS – Part 3 of 4

December 13, 2012 by Doug Moore

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MYTH: You can’t see a bed bug.

You should be able to see adult bed bugs, nymphs and eggs with your naked eye. The nymphs and eggs are really tiny, but if you know what you’re looking for, you can find them.

MYTH:  Bed bugs live in dirty places.

Bed bugs are not attracted to dirt and grime – it’s not an issue of cleanliness.  They are attracted to warmth, blood, and carbon dioxide. However, if you reduce or remove clutter, you eliminate a lot of their hiding spots.

MYTH: Bed bugs transmit diseases.  

Researchers don’t know of any cases that indicate bed bugs pass diseases from one host to another. Lab tests have shown that it is unlikely that the insect is capable of infecting its host.

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