5. Myth: Bedbugs Can Go Without a Meal for One Year
According to Terminix, newly hatched bedbugs can last for several weeks without a meal. Adult bedbugs prefer to feed every three to seven days. However, in warm conditions, they can make it as long as five months without feeding. The University of California notes that bedbugs have lived up to 400 days in the cold temperatures of a laboratory, but it is unclear whether these conditions are replicated in everyday life.
4. Myth: Bedbugs Reproduce Quickly
If you are waking up each morning to multiple itchy bedbug bites, it may seem that the little creatures are reproducing at a terrific speed. However, bedbugs actually reproduce at a slower rate than many other insects. A female bedbug will lay 200-250 eggs in her lifetime. These eggs will hatch into nymphs in approximately 6-10 days, and then molt five times before reaching adulthood. In general, the typical bedbug lives for around two to four months.Related: Beware of the Kissing Bug
3. Myth: Bedbugs Live Only in Beds
Bedbugs have discovered that beds are great places to find slumbering hosts on which to feed. However, beds are not the only places these critters can be found. Bedbugs are perfectly capable of living happily in suitcases or backpacks during transportation from one home to another. They are able to make their way through vents from one apartment or room into another. Bedbugs may also reside not only in mattresses, but also in cracks or crevices of nearby furniture. Furthermore, bedbugs can take up residence in curtains, draperies, and outlet covers.
2. Myth: Bedbugs Attach Themselves to Humans
While bedbugs enjoy latching onto humans during feedings, they do not take up residence on human skin or hair. Unlike other public health pests such as wood ticks, fleas, or head lice, bedbugs do not settle in to live on a human host. A bedbug will finish a meal in just minutes, and then scurry off to hide. Since they prefer hiding in small, cozy spots, they may scuttle off to hide in a suitcase or briefcase, and then catch a ride to a new destination.
1. Myth: I Can Eliminate Bedbugs on My Own
You may find household products on the market that claim to help eradicate bedbugs. However, it can take several weeks or months to completely eradicate a bedbug problem. To truly eliminate these creatures, professional treatment is the best choice. Orkin offers a three-step process for dealing with a bedbug infestation. The first step involves an assessment of the situation to determine the extent of possible infestation. Step two involves setting up and implementing a treatment plan that meets the specific characteristics of a particular infestation. The third step requires monitoring the effectiveness of the treatment and taking steps to prevent reinfestation.Related: Hotels and Beg Bugs: How to Stay Pest-Free