How You Could Be Wrong About Bed Bugs In Hawaii

There are a lot of misconceptions about bed bugs. These misconceptions can allow bed bugs to cause you unnecessary torment. Let's take a look at the top five things Hawaii residents believe about bed bugs, and how they can lead to misery.

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1. Bed Bugs Only Live Near Beds

While these insects certainly like to establish themselves near beds, this is far from the only place you'll find them. If you don't understand this, it can impact you in these two key ways.

  • You may take drastic measures in your bedroom and not realize that you have bed bugs biting you while you watch television on the couch or while you play a video game in your computer chair.

  • If you own a business that doesn't have beds, you might think that you don't have to worry about bed bugs. Unfortunately, these bugs have been found infesting many Hawaii businesses that don't have beds. Residents bring bed bugs from home to work with them. If the bugs are able to establish themselves in a dark space near people who are working, they can bite them while they sit and work.

2. If You Wake Up With Bites, You have Bed Bugs

You are probably aware that bed bug bites can be uncomfortable and itchy. If you wake up with a bug bite, you may think you have bed bugs. But this may not be the case. It can take hours, or even days, for an insect bite to become swollen, itchy, and rashy. If you wake up with bites, they may not be bed bug bites. Here are a few ways you can tell.

  • Bed bugs usually feed three times.

  • As a bed bug crawls across your skin, it feeds, crawls, feeds, crawls, and feeds one more time. This will make the bites from one bed bug look like three dots on your skin. These dots may appear in a line or tight zig-zag pattern.

  • Bed bugs feed in a group. If you have three bed bugs feed in one area, that's going to be about nine bites on your skin. It doesn't take many bed bugs to cause a lot of bites.

  • Since bed bugs feed as they move across your skin, and they feed in a group, the bite wounds won't be dispersed randomly on your skin, like mosquito bites are.

3. Bed Bugs Only Live In Dirty Homes

This misconception goes back a long way but it is no truer today than it was centuries ago. Bed bugs aren't drawn to dirty homes or dirty businesses. These insects move from one location to another by no decision of their own. They hide in (or lay their eggs in) objects that can be transported from one location to another. Here's how this can impact you.

  • Bed bug infestations can't be prevented by good sanitation.

  • You won't drive bed bugs out of your property by cleaning it.

  • If you have a pest control service, it will not keep bed bugs out of your home because they don't live outside. If you want to keep bed bugs out of your home, or prevent bed bugs from getting into your business, you need to invest in routine bed bug inspections.

4. Bed Bugs Can Be Driven Out By Lavender

Have you heard that lavender, peppermint, and other natural odors can drive bed bugs away? There is some truth to this. You can purchase many essential oils that have an aroma that bed bugs don't like, but you'll be disappointed if you try to use a smell to drive bed bugs out of your home. Here's why.

  • Bed bugs don't want to go outside. They make the best of whatever environment they find themselves in.

  • Bed bugs need blood in order to reproduce. Their desire for blood isn't just to sustain themselves and survive, it is a matter of survival of their species. They're going to find a way around areas that you spray.

  • If you spray yourself with a natural odor before you go to bed, it won't last all night long. At some point, you won't be stinky enough for bed bugs to avoid biting you.

Do essential oils help at all? Yes. If you spray your luggage while on a trip, you may be able to keep bed bugs out of your stuff. The reason bed bugs get into luggage is that they explore tight spaces and cracks, or they're drawn to the odor of items that have been worn. In both cases, a natural odor that repels bed bugs will be enough to keep them out.

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