As bed bugs have continued to spread throughout the U.S., so too has the fear and anxiety about what exactly these creatures are and how to prevent them.
“By every metric we use, it’s getting worse and worse,” said Coby Schal, an entomologist at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. “It’s just the beginning of the problem in the U.S.”
Scientific American recently outlined the top 10 bed bug myths in an effort to separate fact from fiction. Common misconceptions, such as where bed bugs can hide (hint: it’s not just the bed!), or how to keep bed bugs away can lead to big problems if you’re fighting an infestation or just want to be proactive.