Updated: 8/7/2019

If just the thought of bedbugs makes your skin itch and crawl, you are not alone. These little parasites can hide out in bed frames, mattresses, headboards, and the box springs of beds. They survive by feeding on blood and are known to nibble on unsuspecting sleepers at night. Bedbug bites leave behind itchy red bumps that may be clustered together in affected areas of the body. These pesky critters tend to inhabit places such as hotel rooms, libraries, camps, offices, or shelters. These are places that are crowded or have revolving occupancy. When it comes to bedbugs, many myths exist. To sort fact from fiction, read on and learn about several falsehoods for which bedbugs, or the people who suffer from them, take a bad rap.

10. Myth: Bedbugs Only Live in Dirty, Shabby Places

Bedbugs Live

Bedbugs (Cimex lectularius) don’t care if you are rich or poor, or whether you clean your home frequently or rarely. If they are able to find a way into your home, they will take advantage of the situation. Even the finest hotels can fall victim to bedbug infestation if the critters are carried in with the luggage of guests. One reason shabbier hotels or apartment buildings may be more likely to harbor bedbugs is due to the expense of treating and eliminating the infestation.

9. Myth: Bedbugs Are Too Small to Be Seen

Bedbugs Too Small

These sneaky pests can be difficult to spot since they prefer to stay hidden from sight. However, they are not microscopic. The typical adult bedbug is a brown-colored creature about the size of an apple seed. After feeding, the bug may balloon up in size and appear reddish-brown in color. Younger bed bugs are more difficult to spot, as they are smaller and can be translucent. The eggs of bedbugs are about the size of the head of a pin and are white in color. In addition to being visible to the naked eye, bedbugs may also be detected by the musty odor they produce.


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