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Dispelling common​ myths about Bed bugs:

Myth 1:  Bed bugs bite people in a triangle or triad.

Truth: Bed bugs can bite in any configuration. Few people have encountered a feeding bed bug that intentionally stops what it's doing and moves to a new area. Bed bugs bite wherever and whenever it's most convenient and productive for them. 

Myth 2:  Bed bugs cannot climb glass surfaces.

Truth: Bed bugs have been observed climbing glass containers multiple times.  Bed bugs can also climb up walls and across ceilings to fall down upon their intended target if they are unable to access them from the ground.

Myth 3: Keeping the lights on at night will prevent bed bugs from biting you as you sleep.

Truth: Bed bugs can and will bite regardless of whether a room is dark or light, or whether it's day or night.

Myth 4: Infested furniture must be discarded to get rid of bed bugs entirely.

Truth: While professional opinions vary, most furniture can be treated and saved — unless it's highly infested and/or old enough that it's simply not worth keeping. By providing heat treatments, this gives us the ability to preserve our clients' assets whenever possible. 

Myth 5: It isn't that difficult to successfully and safely eliminate bed bugs.

Truth:  Professionals who are properly trained in bed bug elimination and prevention have the best chance of successfully ridding a home or business of bed bugs. 

Myth 6: Mosquito repellent can be used to eliminate bed bugs. 

Truth: While research has shown that bed bugs may avoid surfaces treated with N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET), a common ingredient in mosquito repellents, they will still feed on living organisms. According to the Bed Bug Central blog, the use of mosquito repellent just means they are less likely to do so, and research has shown the repellency of these products breaks down very quickly. 


About bed bugs:

* Bed bugs are oval, flat and reddish brown when full.


* They range from 5-7 mm in length.


* Nymphs and adults have piercing-sucking mouth parts


* Bed bugs tend to live in clusters and tend to feed mostly at night. (They are a creatures of opportunity and if forced may feed during a time when a host is available.)


* A bed bug bite may develop small, white or red, hard welts at the bite site that may itch intensely. (30% of people do not react to a bite. 46% will not show symptoms for 7-10 days. 54% will not show signs on the first bite.)


* Bed bug females lay between 200-500 eggs during their lifetime in batches of three to four eggs per day.


* These eggs can hatch after 6-17 days in a perfect environment.


* Bed bug nymphs molt (shed their skin) 5-6 times before becoming adults.


* Nymphs require their first feeding before they can molt for the first time.


* Bed bugs can go from egg to adult in as little as 4-5 weeks, but may require as long as 5 months.


* Adults may live 4-18 months


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