Bed Bugs are little insects that feed on human or animal blood. They’re reddish-brown in color, flat and oval in shape. They are most active at night and can reside in your bed, furniture, carpet, clothing, and other possessions.
Because bed bugs lack wings, they must be brought from one location to another by animals or people. They usually come into your house by hitching a ride on your baggage or clothing after an overnight stay. They can also get into your house if you bring in contaminated old furniture. If a building or hotel is infested, they can potentially spread from one room to the next.
Bedbug bites sometimes are harmful, although they can be quite irritating. They can develop infection or trigger an allergic response in rare situations. Continue reading to discover more about bedbug bites, including how to identify them and how to treat and avoid them.
Bed Bug Bites: What Do They Look Like?
Symptoms Of A Bedbug Bite
Bedbugs expel a small quantity of anesthesia before feeding on humans, so you won’t feel anything when they bite you. It might take many days for symptoms of bedbug bites to appear.
Some people have no visible symptoms after being bitten by a bedbug. 30-60% of people never have an allergic reaction to a bedbug bite. When symptoms do appear, the bites are typically:
- red and swollen, with a dark spot at the center of each bite (they may also look like a hive or welt)
- arranged in lines or clusters, with multiple bites grouped together
- fluid-filled blisters
- you may also find blood stains on the sheets from scratching
Where Do Bedbug Bites Occur Where On The Body?
Bedbugs may bite you anywhere on your body. They will, however, bite exposed parts of skin as you sleep. Your face, neck, arms, and hands are all included. If you usually sleep in your pajamas, the insect will bite along the line of the clothes.
Do Bed Bugs Attack You At Night?
Bed Bugs do not always bite at the same time every night. They can even go several weeks without eating. That may appear to be a good thing, but it might make it more difficult to identify bed bugs in your house. It may take several weeks to understand that the bites are part of a wider pattern. This is problematic because bed bugs reproduce fast. Every 3 to 4 days, a female can lay eggs.
What Is The Most Effective Technique To Treat Bedbug Bites?
In most cases, bedbug bites heal in 1 to 2 weeks. You can alleviate symptoms by doing the following:
- Apply an over-the-counter or prescription steroid cream, To reduce inflammation and irritation,
- To relieve itching and burning, use an antihistamine orally.
- To alleviate swelling and discomfort, use an over-the-counter pain medication.
- Before going to bed, use Benadryl or have a doctor prescribe a stronger antihistamine.
There are multiple home treatments that may help ease the symptoms of bedbug bites in addition to over-the-counter drugs. Try one or more of the following:
- a towel wrapped around a cold cloth or an ice pack
- baking soda with water thin paste
Bedbug Bites Can Cause Allergic Responses And Illnesses.
Although rare, isolated case reports of systemic allergic responses to bedbug bites have been reported. Hives, asthma, and, in rare cases, anaphylaxis were common reactions.
Also, continuous scratching of bedbug bite sites may result in secondary illnesses such as impetigo, folliculitis, or cellulitis. Wash the bites with soap and water to lessen the chance of infection, and avoid scratching them.
Contact your doctor if you feel you have an infection or an allergic response to a bedbug bite. If you have any of the following symptoms after being bitten, get emergency medical attention:
- multiple hives
- difficulty breathing
- swelling of the throat or mouth
How Can You Tell If You Have Bedbugs In Your Home?
If you believe your house has bedbugs, seek for signs of them in your bed and other locations. During the day, they mainly hide in:
- household cracks or crevices
- bed frames
- spaces under baseboards
- loose or peeling wallpaper
- electrical switch plates
- conduits for electrical cables
- sofas (if a person is using the sofa to sleep on)
Bed Bugs prefer to reside near where people sleep in the house. This is due to bedbugs’ attraction to body heat and carbon dioxide. They don’t normally go to other rooms if no one is sleeping in them. Bedbugs normally feed from midnight until dawn, then hide during the day in the same location where they were before biting.
Although you may not see the bugs, you may find drops of blood or small black specks of bug droppings in your bed. If you discover bed bugs, contact your landlord or a pest control company.
Finding bed bugs is quite tough unless you are professionally trained. Call Bama Exterminating today and we will come out and perform an inspection to figure out exactly what is going on and what the best plan of action is to fix any possible problems.