Bedbug bites are one of the first indications of a bedbug infestation on a property. Bedbugs are small insects which rely on the blood of humans and animals to survive. They are parasitic and thus need to eat from creatures, which they often do at night. The reason many people call them bedbugs is because a bedbug will usually find animals at night and have been known to lurk around beds because it is easy to feed on people when they are sleeping. Each bedbug is 5-7mm long and about 2-3mm wide. They can hide and fit into small places easily, and thus can be found in unusual locations like the space between a mattress and a box spring or behind the panel of an electrical outlet.
Bedbug bites are small, red, itchy bumps that appear in groups or lines. This unusual structure develops because a bedbug will stop feeding when it’s disturbed and will move over to a new location. This means that when a person rolls over in their sleep, they might actually be causing a bedbug to bite them more frequently. Some people compare them to mosquito or flea bites, which look similar but have some different characteristics. Mosquito bites tend to be a little larger and will not appear in groups. They also will only be in spots that are unclothed, while bedbugs target easy areas on people like the back, stomach, arms, and legs. Flea bites are smaller, more frequent, and typically appear on a person’s feet and lower legs rather than the upper body.
When a person has bedbug bites, they might be tempted to scratch. However, people should avoid this temptation. Although bedbugs do not transmit disease, excessive scratching of bedbug bites can cause skin infections. Some people might also suffer an allergic reaction to the bites. In this case, the affected individual can apply an antiseptic cream and take an antihistamine to treat the lingering itchiness or swelling. People who suffer from an allergic reaction should contact a medical professional immediately for treatment. Symptoms of a drastic allergic reaction include the throat swelling shut, the development of a nasty rash, and extreme itching.
If bedbug bites start appearing, residential and commercial property owners should contact a pest control company to deal with the infestation. There are many treatments available on the market, but the most effective ones are heat treatment and the use of special pesticides which can poison and eliminate bedbugs in an efficient manner. Although there are some DIY methods, they are not as effective as professional pest control and can have nasty side effects if used in an inappropriate manner. To prevent future bedbug bites, call someone who can eliminate the entire population so customers and residents can return to their normal schedules.
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