Myth: Bed bugs won’t come out if the room is brightly lit. Reality: While bed bugs prefer darkness, keeping the light on at night won’t deter these pests from biting you.
Myth:Pesticide applications alone will easily eliminate bed bug infestations. Reality: Bed bug control can only be maintained through a treatment strategy that includes a variety of techniques plus careful attention to monitoring. Proper use of pesticides may be part of the strategy, but will not by itself eliminate bed bugs. In addition, bed bug populations in different areas of the country have developed resistance to the ways many pesticides work to kill pests. If you're dealing with a resistant population, some products and application methods may not work. It is a good idea to consult a qualified pest management professional if you have bed bugs in your home.
Myth: EPA has funding available for people who need help with controlling bed bugs. Reality: Unfortunately, EPA does not have funding available to help people with controlling bed bugs. Our roles in the bed bug issue are to:
evaluate pesticides to ensure that when they are used according to label directions they are effective and will not harm people, non-target species or the environment, and
work with other federal agencies to provide reliable information about bed bugs and their control.