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Bed Bugs In Austin: The Facts Vs. The Myths

October 15, 2021

Bed bugs are one of Austin’s most troublesome pests, but what makes them even harder to eliminate is the constant misinformation that gets spread about them – like the myth that bed bugs are too small to see with the naked eye.

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Although adult bed bugs only grow to be as large as an apple seed, you can still spot them. Fully-grown bed bugs tend to have reddish-brown coloring while nymphs are often more translucent until they’re completely mature.

Before you tackle a bed bug infestation, it’s important to make sure you’ve got all the facts. Here’s what Austin homeowners should understand when it comes to debunking common bed bug myths.

Myth 1: Bed Bugs Are The Result Of Poor Hygiene Or Unsanitary Practices And Spread Disease

There are plenty of pests that may end up in your home due to poor sanitation practices or poor housekeeping, but bed bugs aren’t one of them. These critters aren’t picky – whether your home is immaculate or grimy, they’ll be satisfied as long as they’ve got plenty of humans to feast on.

For this reason, bed bugs usually end up in your home because you’ve traveled somewhere that’s already infested. Maybe you’ve visited a friend that has a bed bug infestation or traveled to a hotel where these parasites have been hiding. From there, bed bugs may hitch a ride on your bags, luggage, or even your clothing, which makes it easy for them to get inside your home.

In other cases, buying used furniture that’s infested with bed bugs could introduce these pests into your home.

It’s important to note that bed bugs aren’t associated with any specific diseases – but they may cause mild or severe allergic reactions, insomnia, secondary skin infections, and in rare cases, anemia.

Myth 2: Bed Bugs Only Hang Around Your Bed

While their name suggests a bed bug’s favorite hiding spot, you won’t just find these parasites lurking around your sleeping area. Bed bugs may be drawn to mattresses, beds, and bedrooms because there’s easy access to humans, but they can end up in any part of the house where people regularly congregate.

This misconception also puts businesses at risk – bed bugs are just as likely to invade offices or workspaces where there are no beds.

Some of the common ways you can identify a bed bug infestation include:

  • Noticing live bed bugs, usually at night since that’s when these critters are most active
  • Spotting rust-colored stains on your sheets and pillowcases
  • Bloodstains on your sheets
  • A musty odor lingering around your house
  • Frequently wake up with raised welts on exposed areas of your skin

Myth 3: You Can Take Care Of Bed Bugs On Your Own

Perhaps one of the most harmful bed bug myths is that you can take care of these pests on your own. Whether you’re dealing with the start of an infestation or a much bigger problem, bed bugs are one pest that you want to leave up to the professionals – like those of us at Bella Bugs.

If you’re noticing signs of an infestation like the ones listed above, you shouldn’t wait for things to get worse – contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

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