Debunking Common Myths About Bed Bugs In Las Vegas

There are few pests that are as misunderstood as bed bugs. This is probably due to the fact that bed bugs were pushed out of the United States in the 1950s and were completely absent for five decades. Before the turn of the century, there was no such thing as a bed bug infestation here. But they've found their way back. At the turn of the century, bed bugs began to return and they've been using our lack of knowledge against us. Today, we're going to take a few minutes to debunk some of the common myths about bed bugs so that you can detect them quickly and remove them effectively from your Las Vegas home or businesses.

two bed bugs on a box spring

Myth: You can't see bed bugs with the naked eye.

This first myth is important to debunk because there is a little hysteria about bed bugs at the moment. It is easy to get spooked when you find out your next-door neighbor has bed bugs. Well, you don't have to worry about invisible bugs. Bed bugs are big enough to be seen. An adult bed bug is 4.5 mm in length. While that is pretty small, you can easily see them. When they first hatch, they're only about 1 mm long and they have pale, transparent skin, which can make them much harder to see. But you can still see them.

Myth: Only dirty homes get bed bugs.

Believing this myth can lead to an infestation. If you keep a clean home, you may be tempted to think that you don't have to worry about bed bugs. This is not true. Bed bug have been found infesting some of the cleanest locations. This is because these bugs are not attracted to bacteria and filth. They live in any location they can get a blood meal. They're also secretive, usually coming out only at night to feed, which can make them elusive. A clean home can have bed bugs for weeks before anyone starts to notice. It is, however, more difficult for bed bugs to live in a clean, uncluttered home because the warning signs they leave can be considered dirt: Black streaks on sheets and pillowcases, tan stains on bedding, shed insects skins near a wall, tiny white eggs in the stitching of a piece of upholstered furniture or tiny insects congregating together in a hidden place can be detected more easily in an environment that is clean and well maintained. But these warnings signs may be hidden in places that aren't obvious, such as between a mattress and a box spring, under a couch cushion, inside an outlet or wall void or underneath a carpet. Just because you don't see bed bugs doesn't mean you don't have bed bugs.

Myth: They're only found in and around beds.

One of the first reactions many people have when they discover bed bugs is to throw their bed out, especially if they have found a dozen or more bed bugs crawling on it. But this rarely solves a bed bug problem. Bed bugs don't just live in beds. They can live in many locations within a home. They prefer to be near beds because they are attracted to the carbon dioxide emitted when we sleep and they know that beds are a good location to be near their food source. But bed bugs can live in other furniture, behind baseboards and crown molding, inside electronics, under rugs and within wall voids—just to name a few places.

Myth: You can get rid of bed bugs on your own.

Scientists believe that bed bugs have been living with us since the dawn of recorded history. If it were easy to exterminate bed bugs, they would be extinct by now. Unfortunately, they're behavior patterns and life cycle makes them extremely difficult to eliminate without training, experience and professional equipment. Before you spend a lot of time and money only to continue your torment, we encourage you to contact a licensed pest control professional.
If you live in the Las Vegas Valley area, reach out to Red Rock Pest Control to request your free inspection. We'll help you figure out what you're up against, and guide you toward an effective bed bug control solution that will effectively eliminate those parasitic pests the first time.


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