believe it or not: Bed Bugs


December 10, 2013

Despite several years in the pest world’s limelight, there are still myriad public misconceptions about the bed bug. Five of the most prevalent myths according to Scientific American are:

  1. Bed bugs can fly. They lack wings. End of story.
  2. Bed bugs live exclusively in mattresses. If only.
  3. Bed bugs transmit disease. Despite harboring human pathogens, there still are no reported cases of bed bugs transmitting disease.
  4. We should bring back DDT. When it was banned in 1972, bed bugs had already become impressively resistant to it. And … it’s DDT.
  5. You can spray bed bugs away (with consumer products). Just spray and — tah-dah! Not likely.


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