Myths & Facts About Bed Bugs
MYTH Bed bugs are too small to see.
FACT Although they may be difficult to find because they hide well, bed bugs are big enough to be seen with the naked eye. Bed bugs lootk similar to an apple seed in size and appearance.
MYTH Bed bugs are only found in shelters; only poor people or dirty people get them.
FACT Bed bugs can be found in hotels, motels, dormitories, apartments, condos, private homes, and even in some public places, such as businesses and offices. Anyone can get bed bugs.
MYTH Walking into a room that has bed bugs means you will get bed bugs.
FACT Bed bugs do not jump. They spend 90% of their time hiding and are usually active at night.
MYTH Bed bugs cause disease.
FACT Bed bugs are not considered a health hazard and do not transmit disease. Bed bug bites, however, can cause allergic reaction in some people similar to a mosquito bite. There are many resources available to provide advice about eliminating bed bugs. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA-USA) and the Canadian Pest Management Association (CPMA-Canada) both have websites that share helpful in-depth information about bed bugs.