When is the last time you saw a bed bug crawling around inside your home? Would you even recognize these pests if you spotted them crawling around your living areas? Most people would not. In most cases, people have preconceived notions about bed bugs but don’t actually know much about these invasive sleep-wrecking pests. But is there anything you believe about bed bugs that aren’t quite true? Here is how you could be wrong about the bed bugs here in Northwest Arkansas.
Are Bed Bugs Too Small To See?
One common misconception about bed bugs is that they are microscopic pests that are too small to see with the naked eye. The truth is, bed bugs are visible but just great at hiding. When inside homes, these pests make a good effort to stay out of sight while homeowners are awake and moving around. It is only after you and your family go to sleep that these pests emerge, crawl onto beds, and start to feed.
If you suspect your home has a bed bug infestation and want to see one of these pests for yourself, your best bet is to set an alarm for 3-5 hours after you have gone to sleep. After it sets off, get out of bed, grab a flashlight that you placed nearby, and thoroughly inspect your sleeping area. If this seems too drastic of an approach, you can also get a professional to come and inspect your home for you.
Do Bed Bugs Only Hide Around Beds?
It is true that bed bugs like beds, but what isn’t true is the notion that these pests spend the majority of their lives around beds. Rather, bed bugs try to only spend time around beds at night when their meal (you) is asleep. Once they are done feeding, they crawl off of your bed and look for other areas around your home to hide. It is only as infestations become more severe, or if your bed has an ample amount of places to hide, that bed bugs choose to stay hidden during the day.
Do Bed Bugs Prefer Unsanitary Homes?
Bed bugs are not like cockroaches. They do not thrive in dirty environments. They also aren’t negatively affected by dirty environments. All of this is to say, it does not matter how clean your home is, as long as you sleep in it regularly, bed bugs will want to invade.
Do Bed Bugs Transmit Disease?
Bed bugs are one of the few blood-feeding pests that do not regularly spread disease. The only disease these annoying insects can carry and transmit is Chagas disease. As of right now, Chagas is not widespread in the US, however, this might change in the coming years.
Are Bed Bugs Are Easy To Eliminate?
Bed bugs have faced more adversity and threats to their lives over the years than most other pests. These challenges have forced these small blood-feeding insects to adapt and overcome. More specifically, bed bugs have grown resistant to many pest control products and are adept at surviving for long periods of time when faced with a threat in their living areas. In short, bed bugs are one of, if not the hardest, pests to eliminate from a home.
If you suspect these pests are causing trouble inside your Northwest Arkansas home, do not hesitate to give the experts at Rumble Pest Solutions a call. We have the advanced tools, treatments, and training needed to properly eliminate bed bugs in all stages of their development and would be happy to put our skills to work for you.