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How To Recognize and Get Rid of Bed Bugs

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Bed bugs are often referred to when wishing someone a good night’s sleep but bed bugs are no joking matter. You might be wondering if you can treat them and how to recognize that you have them.

Signs That You May Have Bed Bugs

Most times bed bug bites are often mistaken for other bites such as mosquito or fleas so knowing the signs that you have bed bugs is crucial in eliminating them.

1) Physical Evidence

Bed bugs leave behind subtle signs that you may not even recognize. Bed bugs bite and draw blood so waking up with spots of blood on your PJs or pillowcase may be a sign that you may have a bed bug problem. If you do suspect a problem, take to sheets and covers off your bed and look for any signs of molting. Bed bugs are small and flat and leave behind their reddish-brown shell that looks like an apple seed.

Here are a few places to check to see if you have bed bugs:

  1. Headboardsbed-bug-nesting-wood
  2. Bedside tables
  3. Wall corners/ crevices
  4. Behind loose wallpaper
  5. Mattress seams
  6. Baseboards

2) Scents & Stains

These signs can be a little harder to detect but they will definitely tell you if you have bed bugs. When bed bugs are present they leave behind a pungent dank smell secreted by their scent glands when they feed and molt. They also leave fecal stains behind that look like dark black and brown spots. Bed bugs die every five to seven days and could lay up to 500 eggs in their lifespan so recognizing the problem right away is crucial to exterminate them from your home.

Symptoms of a Bed Bug Bite

bed-bug-bitesBed bug bites can leave behind a few different signs when they bite you. The most common being raised red welts on the skin. These bites are often mistaken for mosquito or chigger bites that cause a burning itching sensation. Often when bed bugs bite they bite in a straight line, unlike mosquito or chiggers who bite in random places. When bitten it often leads to a rash around the bitten area that spreads to about an inch in diameter. It is reported that 70% of people bitten by bed bugs will not have a reaction and for a long time, it was thought that they weren’t allergic to the bed bugs saliva. In recent studies, they have discovered that these people had actually been exposed multiple times to the bite and had built an immunity to these symptoms. The only way to get rid of the symptoms altogether, on the other hand, is to get rid of the infestation altogether.

Treatment

If you have multiple bites or more severe signs such as pus or oozing blisters see a dermatologist to get the correct treatment. If not completely wash the affected area with soap and water and get some type of corticosteroid cream to mitigate the itching and burning but be careful, sore of those creams can leave you weak and lightheaded so contact your doctor to make sure it is safe.

Get Rid of Bed Bugs

Unfortunately, there is no home remedy to get rid of bed bugs. They are among the hardest insects to detect and get rid of so if you think you have bed bugs make sure to contact a professional to ensure that they are taken care of correctly and permanently. A bed bug infestation can not only have an impact on your sleep it can ruin your furniture develop into a bed bug infestation. Take action and call a professional pest control company at 617-464-1305.

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