Bed bugs are unpleasant little creatures that feed by sucking your blood, and more often than not live very close to where you sleep. Most active at night and feeding on the exposed areas of the skin, bed bug bites are commonly found on the hands, neck, arms, and face. Although a bite from a bed bug is not harmful, their bites may be the cause of some severe itching and discomfort, easily treated with some topical cream or lotion. Redness, swelling, and itchiness are all common signs of a bed bug bite and are often mistaken for mosquito or flea bites. The way to tell the difference is that bed bug bites tend to be in a line, indicating several bites in a row. This is the best way to distinguish between a bed bug and other insect bites. Bites may take several days, or up to two weeks to show, and by this time, your bed has certainly been invaded. Let’s take a look at some tell-tale signs of a bed bug infestation, as well as some of the precautions you can take when dealing with these pests.
Signs You Have Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped insects that have a red-to-brown colouring, and are likely to be mistaken for a small cockroach or even a tick. They love to stay close to their food and tend to nest in the fold of your mattress and the seams of your sheets and bedding. They also like to make their homes in the creases of your furniture, as well as behind wall sockets and loose wallpaper. Check these areas for any signs of their shedding’s and fecal matter, while their secretions leave behind a musty smell that cannot be missed. If you notice any sequential bite marks on your body, then chances are you have had a problem with bed bugs for some time already. It is time to act fast!
Bed Bugs Treatment Options
The best treatment action to take against bed bugs is the professional one. A professional pest control treatment is the only way to go to guarantee your success in the fight against the prevalent pest. There are however some home remedies for treating their bites, as well as preventative measures you can take to protect yourself and your home. A bite from a bed bug, although relatively harmless, can be the cause of much irritation, and can be remedied with a simple oral antihistamine or topical cream. Oatmeal baths, baking soda, and water pastes, and a cool compress can also be used to relieve the bites symptoms. The best cure is always prevention, and making regular checks around your home is sure to catch any bed bugs getting up and running, in the act. Their signs are clear and no one is safe, so if you find a problem, it’s best to call professional pest control companies right away.
If you happen to fall victim to the misfortune of a bed bug infestation in your home, it’s time to reach out to a Truly Nolen pest control professional. Our decades of experience, research, and development have made us masters of our craft, getting to the root of your problem, and making sure that it is never to return. To protect your home and family the best way you can, and take back charge of your home and your life, without any unnecessary struggles.