There are many myths about bed bugs. Greenside Pest Control has heard them all. That bed bugs only live in dirty places is one of the most persistent misconceptions about the pest.
This myth causes homeowners who believe it to drop their guard. Their homes then become susceptible to infestations. Here is the reality about bed bugs:
1. Bed bugs go wherever there is food.
Like any other blood-sucking parasite, bed bugs are attracted to places where there is blood. The bugs don’t care about dirt and grime. They are attracted to carbon dioxide, warmth, and blood. They can, therefore, stay in any residence, clean or dirty, provided there is food.
2. But bed bugs love clutter.
Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices. Clutter offers them more hiding spots. Clutter is also the reason dirty residences are more susceptible to massive bed bug infestations.
A cluttered home also makes locating and treating bed bugs harder. Conversely, homeowners with uncluttered houses can notice the pest problem early. They can then seek help from exterminators in Salt Lake City before the infestation becomes massive.
3. Bed bugs are excellent hitchhikers.
Bed bugs can piggyback on people’s stuff. Even if your house is clean and without clutter, you can bring the bugs home when you visit the places where they lurk. You can pick the parasites on clothing and furniture.
4. How to keep bed bugs from your clean house.
Have you visited a place where there might be bed bugs? Strip down once you arrive home. Put those clothes in the dryer at high heat for half an hour. Also, regularly wash and heat-dry blankets, bed sheets, and bedspreads.
Some people are surprised to find bed bugs in homes and hotels that appear clean. But bed bugs are not concerned about the conditions of a place. Their sole interest is the availability of a blood meal. They can then shelter in any dark location close to where there are people.