The Myths Associated With The Bed Bugs In Oahu

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Bed bugs are a common household pest, but there are still many myths surrounding them. These myths leave people susceptible to infestation. This is why you should know the truth about this pest as an Oahu resident. 

Myth: Do Bed Bugs Only Happen Around Beds?

Truth: It is commonly believed that bed bugs only happen in and around beds. However, this is a myth. Bed bugs can spread through a home, hiding in furniture, curtain seams, behind baseboard, in electrical outlets, and just about any crevice they can get to.

Other than their name, people believe bed bugs only happen near beds because they prefer sleeping areas. This is because bed bugs are nocturnal and come out of their hiding places to feed. A bed bug’s diet is only made up of blood, with their favorite being humans. 

Myth: Bed Bugs Are Only Found In Dirty Homes

Truth: Another common myth about bed bugs is that they only happen to a dirty home. The truth is, they can happen to anyone because they are often accidentally brought into a home by a resident. This can happen by:

  • Bringing a second-hand item inside
  • Picking them up in a public space
  • Carrying them home from a hotel or motel

This pest is difficult to prevent, but the best way to do so is to inspect and clean any second-hand items before you bring them inside; check your belongings after being in a school, theater, hospital, and on public transit; and examine your hotel room before your stay. You should never place your belongings on the floor in any public place, including hotels, especially if the floor is carpeted.

Myth: Do Bed Bugs Spread Disease?

Truth: Because bed bugs are external parasites like fleas and ticks, many believe they spread disease. But there is no evidence to support this. However, a bed bug infestation can lead to other health issues such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Secondary infections from scratching 
  • Anemia in the case of severe and prolonged infestations

If you have a bed bug infestation, chances are your pet will also be dealing with this annoying pest. While bed bugs don’t like skin covered in fur, your pet can still be a target. So you should make sure your pet is receiving the care it needs and is not scratching.

Myth: Are Bed Bugs Too Small To See?

Truth: Many believe that bed bugs are too small to see, but in actuality, they are about the size of an apple seed at one-fourth of an inch long. They also have an oval-shaped body that is flat and reddish-brown unless they have taken a blood meal. In that case, they will be swollen and red.

The reason people think bed bugs are too small to see is that they are often not the first sign of an infestation. This is due to their nocturnal nature and hiding skills. Instead, the first signs include:

  • Clusters of small red bites on the arms, shoulders, hands, ankles, face, and neck.
  • Reddish-brown blood staining on bedding
  • Fecal staining
  • A musty smell
  • Nymphs are smaller than adults and bright red as they take a blood meal as soon as they hatch.
  • Clusters of eggs, which are white and 1mm long

Can I Get Rid Of Bed Bugs On My Own?

You might think you can get rid of bed bugs on your own, but the truth is it is challenging to get rid of every egg, nymph, and adult on your own. Instead, contact Pest Tech Hawaii at the first sign of a problem. Call us today to find out more about how to get started with home pest control services on your Oahu property.

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