Posted by USBedBugs.com on 1/27/2012
Debbie Hadley from About.com has gone over 10 Myths About Bed Bugs. Here we have listed the first 3 myths. Make sure to follow the link below to read about the remaining 7 myths.
1. If you wake up with bug bites, you must have bed bugs.
- With so much news about bed bug infestations, you might immediately think bed bugs are the culprit if you wake up with mysterious bites on your skin. Don't panic! First of all, quite a few other arthropods could be the cause of your bite marks, including fleas, mites, or even bat bugs. Also, many medical conditions cause symptoms that look similar to bug bites. If the marks persist but you don't find signs of an infestation, it might be worth a trip to your doctor.
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2. I'm the only one in my house with bug bites, so they can't be from bed bugs. - If you're the only one in your household waking up with bites, that doesn't exclude bed bugs as the cause. People react to bed bug bites differently, just as they do with mosquito bites or other insect bites. It's really a matter of how your body reacts to the bed bug saliva when you're bitten. Two people can sleep on the same bed bug infested mattress, and one can wake up without any signs of being bitten while the other is covered in bite marks.
3. Bed bugs are so tiny, you can't see them with the naked eye. - It's true that bed bugs are pretty small insects, but they aren't microscopic. If you know where to look for them, you can definitely see them without the aid of a magnifier. The bed bug nymph is roughly the size of a poppy seed, and grows larger from there. Bed bug adults measure a bit larger than 1/8th of an inch, or about the size of an apple seed or a lentil. The eggs, which are just the size of a pinhead, will be harder to see without magnification.