- 1 Overview of Bed Bugs and Cure to his Bite
- 1.1 Overview
- 1.2 What do bed bug bites look like?
- 1.3 Itchy
- 1.4 Symptoms of a bed bug bite
- 1.5 How to get rid of bed bugs
- 1.6 To contain and eliminate the infestation, it helps to:
- 1.7 Treatment for bed bug bites
- 1.8 Home remedies for bed bugs
- 1.9 WHAT ATTRACTS BED BUGS?
- 1.10 What Do Bed Bugs Eat?
- 1.11 How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
- 1.12 What Should You Do if You Suspect Bed Bugs?
Overview of Bed Bugs and Cure to his Bite
Bedbugs are small insects that feed on blood from humans or animals. They can live in your bed, furniture, carpet, clothing, and other belongings. They’re most active at night, feeding on people while they sleep.
Bedbugs can be 1 to 7 millimeters long. They’re flat, oval-shaped, and reddish-brown in color. They don’t have wings, so they rely on animals or humans to carry them from one place to another.
Although bedbug bites are rarely dangerous, they can be very itchy. In some cases, they become infected or cause an allergic reaction. If you suspect there are bedbugs living in your home, it’s important to get rid of them.
What do bed bug bites look like?
Some people don’t develop noticeable symptoms from bedbug bites. When symptoms do develop, the bites tend to be:
- Red and swollen, with a dark spot at the center of each bite
- Arranged in lines or clusters, with multiple bites grouped together
Bedbugs can bite any part of your body. But they’ll usually bite areas of skin that are exposed while you sleep, such as your face, neck, arms, and hands. In some cases, the bites may develop into fluid-filled blisters.
Symptoms of a bed bug bite
If a bedbug bites your skin, you won’t feel it right away because the bugs excrete a tiny amount of anesthetic before feeding on people. It can sometimes take a few days for symptoms of bed bug bites to develop.
Bedbug bites often become noticeably red and swollen. Multiple bites may appear in a line or cluster in a small area of your body. The bites tend to be itchy. They may cause a burning sensation.
If you have bedbugs living in your home, they may not feed every single night. In fact, they can go multiple days without eating. It might take a few weeks to realize that the bites are part of a larger pattern.
Scratching bug bites can cause them to bleed or become infected. Learn more about the symptoms of an infected bug bite.
How to get rid of bed bugs
If you suspect there are bedbugs in your home, look for signs of them in your bed and other areas. For example, they often hide in:
- Pillows and bedding
- Cracks or seams of furniture
- Carpeting around baseboards
- Spaces behind light switches and electrical outlet plates
You may see the bugs themselves. You may also find drops of blood or small black dots of bug droppings in your bed. If you find bedbugs, call your landlord or a pest control company.
To contain and eliminate the infestation, it helps to:
- Vacuum and steam-clean your floors, mattresses, furniture, and appliances.
- Launder your linens, drapes, and clothing using the hottest settings of your washing machine and dryer.
- Seal items that can’t be laundered in plastic bags and store them for several days at 0°F (-17°C) or for several months at warmer temperatures.
- Heat items that can be safely heated to 115°F (46°C).
- Fill gaps around your baseboards and cracks in furniture with caulking.
- Several insecticides are also available to kill bedbugs. A pest control company may have access to insecticides or equipment that might be difficult for you to buy, rent, or use on your own. Find more tips for managing bedbug infestations and learn when to call a professional.
Treatment for bed bug bites
- In most cases, bedbug bites get better within one to two weeks. To relieve symptoms, it may help to:
- Apply anti-itch cream or calamine lotion to bites.
- Take an oral antihistamine to reduce itching and burning.
- Use an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve swelling and pain.
- In rare cases, bedbug bites can cause allergic reactions. If you develop signs or symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, call 911.
Sometimes, bedbug bites can cause an infection known as cellulitis. To reduce the risk of infection, wash the bites with soap and water and try not to scratch them. Learn when it’s time to visit your doctor for treatment.
Home remedies for bed bugs
In addition to over-the-counter medications, there are several home remedies that may help relieve the symptoms of bedbug bites.
- To soothe bitten areas, it may help to apply one or more of the following:
- a cold cloth or an ice pack wrapped in a towel
- a thin paste of baking soda and water
- certain types of essential oils
Although more research is needed, some studies suggest that camphor oil, chamomile oil, or some other types of essential oil may help relieve bug bites. Take a moment to learn more about seven essential oils that might help treat bites.
WHAT ATTRACTS BED BUGS?
You’ve undoubtedly heard the expression, “Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.” And as a child, bed bugs might have been some creature that you thought only existed in silly bedtime rhymes. But these insects are absolutely real and, if you’re like most people, you don’t want to find them anywhere in your house.
But how do you get bed bugs in the first place? Read on to learn what attracts them, as well as some of the ways they might make it into your home.
What Do Bed Bugs Eat?
Bed bugs need the blood of warm-blooded creatures to survive. Though they may feed on animals, bed bugs are generally found feeding on the blood of humans.
As bed bugs feed on warm-blooded creatures, it’s only natural that they’re attracted to you. Specifically, they’re drawn in by your body heat, the carbon dioxide you exhale and other biological signatures. In fact, they’re called bed bugs because they’re often found on or around bedding. Cracks and crevices in box springs, headboards and bed frames make cozy homes for the bed bugs that are waiting for you to rest so they can get a nice warm blood meal.
However, it’s important to note that bed bugs can be found outside of the bedroom as well. Additionally, they’ll feed during the day or night. They’re not so much waiting for you to fall asleep as they’re biding their time until you’re inactive. Therefore, you could be bitten by bed bugs at any time or anywhere, including at the movie theater, in a cab or on public transportation.
How Do You Get Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are adept at hitchhiking. They’re typically transported by people or their belongings, such as suitcases, purses or coats. More or less, any place where you’ve sat or rested is a location where you could pick up bed bugs. In addition, people who travel — or who have guests come to visit — might have an increased risk of getting bed bugs.
You can pretty much bring home a bed bug from any public area you can think of. Some examples of the many places where bed bugs could be picked up include:
- Train and bus stations
- Public transportation
- Movie theaters
- Hotels, hostels and guest houses
- Retail clothing stores
What Should You Do if You Suspect Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are excellent hiders and prolific breeders and can live for around 12 months as an adult, so this isn’t a situation in which do-it-yourself methods are a good idea. If you think you have bed bugs, your best bet is to contact a bed bug control professional. Terminix® can help.
A trained professional will be able to perform an extensive inspection of the areas where bed bugs can hide, including beds, furniture and linens. Afterwards, your technician will work with you to customize a solution that suits your needs.