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9 common myths about bedbugs and how to get rid of them

April 17, 2019

Originally sourced from MSN

 

 

 

 

"Bedbugs - and for some just the idea of having them - have caused many a sleepless night. But you'll be glad to know that not everything you hear is true. Here are some of the most prevalent myths about bedbugs...

 

1. Bedbugs imply poor hygiene

They don't care if a home is neat or messy, only that people - their food source - are near. There's also no evidence they transmit diseases. The real threat: itchy red bites, even though some people don't even have that skin reaction, says Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann, Ph.D., an urban entomologist at Cornell University.

 

2. If you think you have bedbugs, you probably do

On the contrary, entomologist Richard Pollack, Ph.D., has found fewer than 10% of the critters people identify as bedbugs actually are; that's also why he doesn't trust websites that list reports of bedbugs at hotels.

 

3. Wait until you're positive to contact a professional

"The biggest mistake people make is waiting too long to call for help, because the longer the problem goes on, the bigger of a chance they'll spread within the home and even outside of the home," says David Dunham of Go Green Bedbug Dogs. He says the first sign your home is infested is if you get bites.

 

4. If everyone in your house doesn't have bites, it's not bedbugs 

Surprising, we know. "It's common for one person to become the host or the person getting all the bites, while their spouse or partner will get no bites at all," says Dunham. "Usually the person not getting bites will discredit their partner's concerns. But if you wake up with numerous bites, especially under your clothes, it could be bedbugs."