It really is so uncool to have bed bugs. You cannot hide it; people can tell if you have bed bugs in your bed. Aside from the fact that you will be scratching all over, you will develop red, itchy bumps on your skin. These will appear on your arms or shoulders. The bites are so conspicuous because the bed bugs bite in straight rows. It just feels so embarrassing to have bed bugs on the bed, and some people will take that as a reflection of how you take care of your hygiene; so if you have them, you are probably living in a not so sanitary condition.
About the bed bugs
Bed bugs are tiny insects that are commonly found on your bed. They are oval in shape and are the size of an apple seed. They are considered parasites because they live on the blood of humans and animals. However, their tiny bodies swell and turn red after feeding.
Several agencies from the United States, like The United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Environmental Protection Agency, have tagged the bed bugs as health risk pests. They bite while you are defenseless at sleep. Their bites may not be painful but develop into an itchy welt later on. Some people may even have allergic reactions after being bitten.
The female bed bugs lay over a hundred eggs over their lifetime, so there will be plenty of them to go around with.
Where they hide
“So how did they manage to enter my home?”. This is a commonly asked question. They enter your homes via luggage you brought in after traveling, old clothes, used sofas, used beds or bed frames, and other used items. Their favourite hiding places aside from your mattresses are bed frames, headboards, and box springs. However, they are not confined to these places and they may scatter all over your bedroom.
Symptoms of bed bug bites
Bed bug bites usually vanish on their own without any need for intervention, but there have been some instances wherein they become serious.
You do not feel anything the moment the bed bug bites, and you know why? Bed bugs excrete a tiny bit of anaesthesia while they bite. How kind of them!
Bed bug bites are itchy, followed by a burning sensation on the skin that may last for a few days. Redness on the skin will also be visible.
As discussed earlier, bed bug bites heal on its own. For immediate relief, however, you can count on the following:
- Ice pack – Apply an ice pack directly on the affected area. Do not use ice directly onto the skin though.
- Apple cider vinegar – This all-around liquid can do the trick. Apply a small amount using a cotton ball onto the affected area and soak in for a few minutes. Then rinse off with warm water.
- Water- This will soothe the pain and itching. Run cold water through the affected area. You may also use soap and water to clean it.
Once you have taken care of that bed bug bite, it is now time to get rid of the bed bugs. For the best in pest control, call in Lake Norman Pest Control Company. We are using state-of-the-art equipment and a family-friendly and pet-friendly method of extermination. So say “bug off, bed bugs!”