Spectrum Pest Control is a locally owned and operated company providing Pittsburgh, PA pest control services to Western Pennsylvania homes and commercial businesses. Once a pest of the past, bedbugs now infest every state in the U.S.. Spreading rapidly with the bedbugs is a mass of misinformation about their biology and behavior. Straight from the experts, here are the facts behind some of the most notorious myths about the diminutive bloodsuckers.
- Bed bugs can fly. False! Bedbugs lack wings, and therefore cannot fly but they can crawl about 3 feet a minute.
- Bedbugs reproduce quickly. Actually, compared with other insects, bedbugs are slow to reproduce: Each adult female produces about one egg per day; a common housefly lays 500 eggs over three to four days. Each bedbug egg takes 10 days to hatch and another five to six weeks for the offspring to develop into an adult.
- Bedbugs bite only at night. Although bedbugs are generally nocturnal, they’re like humans—if they’re hungry, they’ll get up and get something to eat. If you go away to visit a friend for a week and you come back and sit down on the couch, even though it’s daytime the bedbugs will come looking for you. Keeping a light on, then, unfortunately does not keep these tiny vampires away.
- Bedbugs live exclusively in mattresses. Bedbugs is actually a misnomer. Bedbugs spread away from beds into living areas and can be seen on any surface, he says, including chairs, railings and ceilings.