What are Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs (scientifically knowns as: Cimex Lectularius) are tiny, flat parasitic insects that feed exclusively on people (sometimes animals) as they sleep. Bed Bugs have a reddish-brown tint, shaped like an oval, have no wings and usually range from 0.6mm to 7mm. However after consuming one’s blood they fill to a darker red color. Bed Bugs can go several months without feeding making you feel as if there all gone.
Where do you find Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are spotted across the world, from North to South America, over to Africa, Asia and Europe. Unfortunately there has been spikes in the U.S., Canada and UK. Always remember that nobody is above a bed bug invasion. Abandoned buildings to Five-Star hotels, from apartments to estates, retail stores to factory warehouses. They find cover in areas such as inside cracks and crevices, box springs, seams of mattresses, headboards, furniture and any other place they can squeeze into. Bed Bugs have been cited to travel over 100 feet at night but commonly restrict themselves to bedrooms or close to where a person may sleep.
Do Bed Bugs Spread Diseases, Or Pose Health Risk?
Bed Bugs are not known to carry diseases but do present a unique challenge to people — meaning that there existence affects everybody differently. Some people might not react to bed bug bites while most do. You will notice red bumps that develop a serious itch; and if gone unchecked and worsen and can eventually turn into a secondary skin infection. We always tell people to go see a Dermatologist and receive a skin graph for a better knowledge.
The bed bug health factor is more for the phsyche and the toll that it can take on one’s mind after been through a dramatic experience. This is why it is important to extradite the situation immediatley if you ever encounter these critters.
Why Are Bed Bugs So Difficult To Get Rid Of?
For one, bed bugs should not be equipped with the luxury of a cluttered or filthy environment– with being so small and elusive they can not only be a burden to spot but even bigger hassle to catch. Another thing is bed bugs a lot of time will not be found on your bed but other places. This is another reason to why you should bring in an expert because they know what to look for.
Secondly, it is said that bed bugs require more than one treatment at times which is very true. It is also said that it depends on the level of services that home or office is being treated. Nonetheless bed bugs are fairly resilient but over the years the science has trumped such abilities. Lastly, bed bugs can go months without feeding and can survive in many different temperatures.
How Does Someone Get Bed Bugs?
Bed Bugs are experts at hiding and there small frames help them stowaway in luggage, furniture, clothing, and any other particle they can get there hands on to get one step closer to you. Many times it is unknowingly, so people transport bed bugs from place to place with ease leaving that area affected.
What Are Signs & Symptoms of A Bed Bug Infestation?
One of the easiest ways to identify that you possibly have bed bugs are obvious spots –commonly red– on your arm, hands, necks, and any other places on your body. It can take some time for these spots to develop however there a few more tell-tell signs:
- Bed Bug exoskeletons after shedding
- Bed Bugs in the folds/borders of mattresses and box springs
- Red spots on your clothes or sheets from the blood of you or the bed bug
- Spotting on your sheets and walls
If you notice these signs then quickly get in touch with a professional because the problem can escalate quickly causing you more headache and money.
Do You Have To Be Sleep In Order to Spot A Bed Bug or Be Bitten?
In some cases not at all. Bed Bugs will travel during the day and if your sitting in an infested area it is very possible that a bed bug will crawl right on you without a flinch.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Bitten?
DO NOT PANIC. Bed Bug bites usually are not a medical threat, more mental if anything. We always suggest a doctor visit (dermotalogoist) in order to receive the proper diagnosis. However if itch is severe, steroid creams or oral antihistamines may be used for symptom relief. Secondary bacterial infections that develop over heavily scratched areas may require the use of antibiotics.
How Are Bed Bugs Treated & Prevented?
Bed Bugs can vary in the many different treatments being because there different stages of bed bug life and the older the bed bug is the stronger it is. Insecticides are commonly used to exterminate bed bugs but HEAT is the main killer when eliminating bed bugs. In the future to prevent a bed bug attack always
- Check your surroundings when visiting and sleeping in new places
- Keep a clean home
- Watch who you bring home
- Check all luggage before entering home after a trip