How You May Still Be Wrong About Bed Bugs In Palmetto

4/20/2021

Here in Palmetto, we face the threat of all sorts of different pest infestations. Of them all, few are as misunderstood as bed bugs. Sure, people may have heard horror stories from friends or acquaintances, but, by and large, most people don’t know all that much about bed bugs themselves. To make matters worse, there are a lot of bed bug myths floating around that people take at face value. When it comes to getting rid of a pest as tenacious as the bed bug, having your facts straight goes a long way. So, when it comes to bed bugs, how can Palmetto homeowners separate fact from fiction? Have no fear, the pest experts here at Keller’s Pest Control are here to help you better understand bed bugs so that you know what to do should your Palmetto home become infested with these parasitic pests. 

a close up image of a bed bug

Myth: Bed Bugs Only Happen In Dirty Homes & Around Beds

Truth: One of the biggest myths about bed bugs is that they only occur in dirty homes. While this may help people with clean homes sleep a little sounder at night, it, unfortunately, is not true. The truth is, any home can become infested with bed bugs as long they are brought in on someone or something. Moreover, while bed bug infestations may begin around beds, they will spread throughout a home if given ample time to do so. The reason bed bugs like to reside around sleeping areas is that bed bugs are nocturnal parasites that feed on the blood of mammals. Sleeping areas provide them with easy access to sleeping humans, their favorite food source.

Myth: Bed Bugs Spread Disease

Truth: Despite feeding on the blood of humans and other mammals, there is no proof that bed bugs spread disease. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t come without their fair share of drawbacks. Bites from bed bugs can leave itchy red welts on the skin that are prone to secondary infection if scratched too hard. Furthermore, bed bug infestations have been known to induce insomnia in people who are living among them. Finally, if a bed bug infestation persists for too long, or grows too large, it can cause anemia in people.

Myth: Bed Bugs Are Too Small To See

Truth: While small, bed bugs are not invisible. Instead, many people compare bed bugs to apple seeds as they are similar in size, shape, and color. In addition to spotting bed bugs in your home, some other indications that you are dealing with an infestation include blood stains on your bedding or upholstered furniture, rust-like stains from bed bug excrement on your bedding or upholstered furniture, musty odors emanating from around your bed, and shed bed bug exoskeletons on the surfaces of your home. 

Myth: You Can Get Rid Of Bed Bugs On Your Own

Truth: It is extremely difficult to get rid of bed bugs on your own. While you may be able to get rid of some of them with OTC products and DIY treatments, the likelihood of eliminating every egg, nymph, and adult is next to zero. More likely than not, you will simply wind up wasting your time and money while still having bed bugs in your home. As such, if you want to effectively eliminate bed bugs from your Palmetto home, you should call the professionals here at Keller’s Pest Control. Here at Keller’s Pest Control, we have the experience, the expertise, and the equipment needed to effectively eliminate any bed bug infestation with which you are dealing. You don’t have to live with bed bugs. Give us a call today, and we will take care of the problem for you.

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