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False. They cannot fly nor are they particularly fast. In fact, bed bugs on average move roughly one meter per minute.
True. They have the capability not only to survive many harsh environments but also breed at a quick and exponentially growing rate.
True. Male bed bugs excrete pheromones to attract females to mate and reproduce while emitting a different type of pheromones to “arrest” male competitors.
Mostly true. They tend to only come out at night and their common blood of choice is definitively human. However, being highly adaptable, there have been cases of bed bugs surviving off of other animals when their preferred blood of choice is not around.
True. One of the most frustrating things about living with these annoying pests are the painful bites that leads to discomfort in sleeping. Insomnia is a common reaction reported by many victims.
False. Though a highly debated topic, research has shown that these pesky pests can live up to 3 months without food intake.
False. While they can survive the freezing point temperature of water, it can only survive up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius) – half the boiling point temperature of water – which leads us to our next point.
False. Lucky for those thousand thread count sheets of yours – the only thing you have to do to get rid of these bugs from your linens and clothes is to wash them at the highest water temperature allowed. Make sure you spray an agent again following your wash to prevent these pests from coming back for residence.
False. 99% of professional pest control agencies report bed bugs as a reason for customer calls. However, many of the professional pest control agency solutions features chemically harsh pesticides which will often lead to a need for evacuating your home for a period of time.
False. DDT was highly effective against these insects. Its reason for banning was due to its high toxicity level which proved to harmful for humans and pets as well as the target insects. On top of which, its odorless and colorless form prevented easy detection to this dangerous agent.
False. They do not differentiate between new or old homes – or even clean or dirty homes. They are attracted to 2 key things – human body temperature and human blood. Therefore you will potentially find them in just about any location you may find yourself in.