Bed bugs are not known to spread disease but go beyond being an annoyance if a person is allergic to their bites. But in most cases, they cause itching and loss of sleep (and are generally unsettling!)
Here are some common myths that have been debunked by professionals.
Myth: You can't see a bedbug.
Reality: You should be able to see adult bedbugs, nymphs and eggs with your naked eye.
Myth: Bedbugs live in dirty places.
Reality: Bedbugs are not attracted to dirt and grime; they are attracted to warmth, blood and carbon dioxide. However, clutter offers more hiding spots.
Myth: Bedbugs transmit diseases.
Reality: There have been no cases or studies that indicate bedbugs pass diseases from one host to another.
Myth: Bedbugs won't come out if the room is brightly lit.
Reality: While bedbugs prefer darkness, keeping the light on at night won't deter these pests from biting you.
Myth: Pesticide applications alone will easily eliminate bedbug infestations.
Reality: Bedbug control can only be maintained through a professional treatment strategy that includes a variety of techniques plus careful monitoring.
(Source:U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)