Bed Bug Symptoms
Summary: Bed bug symptoms are not a myth. Bed bugs are a growing problem in the United States and can be found anywhere where humans reside. They are nocturnal and very small, so bed bugs can be tough to spot.
Bed bugs are real. They are small insects that are often found in and around beds because they live by hematophagy, meaning they use blood for food. They find beds attractive because they can eat while you sleep, and the crevices in mattresses give the beg bugs plenty of places to hide. They are only about four or five millimeters long and very flat on the sides, so they can easily hide in small cracks and crevices along baseboards or between bedposts and remain close to their host victim. They also can be found in the seams of a mattress.
The bed begs feed an hour before dawn while you are asleep. If they are disturbed by movement or light then they will scatter and hide. They will return to the same spot they were feeding at if they find the situation is safe, so often there will be several bite marks in a line or cluster.
Bed bug bites are similar in shape and appearance to mosquito bites, although they tend to itch more and last longer. When feeding, bed bugs use two different mouth tubes, one to inject an anticoagulant and anesthetic, while the other tube sucks blood. In this way the bugs can feed until they are satisfied. The skin irritation and itching are caused by the body's reaction against these injected agents. Bed bug bites are not dangerous beyond this; they do not usually carry bacterial disease. Sometimes the skin around bed bug bites will become infected from excessive scratching and this can lead to scarring.
Most people do not even realize that they have bed bugs until an infestation becomes severe. To detect a bed bug infestation, try using double sided carpet tape around the edges and posts of the bed. This will not solve the problem, but it will let you know if you have a problem. If you find bed bugs, don't panic. Try to seal off the room as much as possible using double sided tape or other barriers. Don't disturb their hideouts or they will be likely to spread to other areas. Wash all tainted linens in hot water and dry them on high temperature in a dryer to kill the bed bugs on them. Be careful, because you don't want to transfer bed bugs to other pieces of furniture or articles of clothing.
Bed bugs are difficult to prevent because they can be brought into the house in a number of ways. They can be brought in with used furniture, clothing, or mattresses. They can also spread from a neighboring apartment or house that has bed bugs, if they are in close vicinity. Once a bed bug infestation is present, it can be difficult to get rid of bed bugs because they are sometimes resistant to pesticides. Bed bugs are good at hiding in small spaces to avoid pesticide treatments, and they can even become dormant for twelve to eighteen months and live without food.
If you discover that you have bed bugs then you can throw away furniture that has become contaminated, vacuum, do laundry, and hope you have gotten rid of all the bed bugs and bed bugs eggs, or you can call a pest control professional to apply pesticides that will eliminate the bed bugs, sometimes requiring multiple treatments.
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