The bed bug problem is now very widespread, and it’s an issue that’s not easy to solve especially because the lifestyle of modern individuals allows these insects to proliferate in places where they were uncommon before. This is largely because it’s now so easy to travel to almost anywhere, and these bugs can hitch a ride in almost anything – bags, clothes, furniture, or ornaments. Then, once these pesky bloodsuckers become established in a certain area, it’s hard to totally eradicate them immediately.
So, these bloodsucking pests are really so prevalent these days, and you and everyone else hope that these creatures won’t ever find their way into your home. But in case you become a victim, you should seek help immediately and avoid believing these common myths that can negatively impact your pest control methods.
1. Using bug bombs can easily kill all bed bugs.
Some people think that releasing a noxious bug bomb in an infested area or around your home furniture will immediately kill all pests and make the entire place bug-free. This is not true. When bug bombs, which are also known as foggers, are used, the toxic chemicals released might not come into contact with the pesky critters. This is the main problem since bug bombs are typically designed to kill upon contact. But bed bugs usually stay hidden beneath or deep inside mattresses, in closets, in seams of clothes or curtains, or inside bags. So, how can a bug bomb reach and affect them all?
2. Taking a pill will make you immune from a bed bug bite.
This seems like such an easy solution to a bed bug problem. But does this kind of “miracle pill” really exist? Well, there have been experiments regarding the drug ivermectin, which is an anti-parasitic drug. This is commonly used to treat a number of parasite-induced diseases, particularly in dogs and cats. In a recent study that used mice and human volunteers, bed bugs were injected with mouse and human blood that contained ivermectin. The results were promising. Experts discovered that most of the adult bed bugs died, while the younger bugs that survived were no longer able to mature. Still, such studies need further investigation. Also, the adverse effects of ivermectin need to be identified and assessed. Overall, the use of ivermectin to kill bed bugs is still in the early stages of development and it’s not yet approved by the FDA for public use.
3. Cranking up your heater will kill all the bed bugs inside your house.
Heat is definitely a bed bug killer. A lot of pest control companies actually use heat to treat rooms, home furniture, or even entire houses. But the types of equipment that experts use are very large and powerful and can generate very hot temperatures that will kill even the bed bugs that might have hidden inside cracks or underneath mattresses. Your heater, on the other hand, won’t be able to produce enough heat that will eradicate the bugs.
4. Covering your mattress will kill the bed bugs.
If you cover your entire mattress with some sort of durable plastic, then the bugs might die. But these bugs are so tiny, which means that they only need a small amount of air in order to survive. Plus, if you miss covering even a very small portion of your mattress, the bugs will likely survive. In addition to this, bed bugs can live for months without feeding. One thing that that you can do if you ever find yourself in this kind of situation is to send your mattress to an exterminator that specializes in treating mattresses.
- louento.pix. “Cimex acrobatics-hanging around”. April 14, 2012. Online image. Flickr. April 17, 2013.
About the Author
Claire Norton is a full-time freelancer who often writes reviews about pest control companies, like Capital K9 Bed Bug Control. She hopes that her articles will help others in managing their pest problems.