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.
Sometimes people won’t notice they have a bed bug problem until they find bites on their bodies. The pictures included below include examples of the type of bites left by a bed bug and demonstrate some significant characteristics. First, a bed bug is a nocturnal pest and emerges from its hiding place in search of food. Unfortunately for home and business owners, each bed bug enjoys the taste of blood and requires a host to bite and from which to eat. It’s not uncommon for bed bugs to move and bite in groups, which causes some distinctive attributes.
For example, unlike the bites of fleas and mosquitoes, bed bugs will leave bites in groups or straight lines that can be seen in Image 1 and Image 2. Also unlike the bites of fleas and mosquitoes, a bed bug usually bites areas which are vulnerable when a person is sleeping. Fleas bite people on the ankles, feet, and lower legs. Mosquitoes, while they bite all over the body, bite in different locations and do not target areas covered by clothes. A bed bug, on the other hand, can bite all over a person’s arms, hands, legs, feet, back, and sides. The pictures below demonstrate a common location for bed bug bites: the entire back and side.
Another characteristic is how the bites from a bed bug are small, red, swollen, and frequently itchy. While bed bug bites do not always need medical attention, some people might experience an allergic reaction. If this happens, the affected individual should take an antihistamine and seek professional medical treatment if the effect is severe. Some signs of a severe reaction are intense itching, a rash, and trouble breathing. Most bites from a bed bug, however, can be treated with some antiseptic cream. A person should try to not scratch at the bites because doing so can cause worse irritation and even lead to skin infections.
The last thing people should know about bed bug bites is that they can disappear, only to reappear. Bed bugs do not need to eat every day, so it’s common for the bites to heal and fade, only to be replaced with new bites a few days later. Either way, if a home or business owner finds similar marks to the ones in these pictures, it indicates a bed bug infestation. One of the best courses of action is to seek immediate help from your local professional pest control business to stop the pests before the problem worsens.
Bed bugs are small, brown, flat insects that are roughly 5-7mm in length, and they leave bite marks which resemble the same markings left by mosquitos when they puncture the skin. Like mosquitos, bed bugs leave bites because they are parasitic and seek out humans or animals to take their blood. Also like mosquitos, a bed bug’s bite leaves a red, itchy bump raised above the skin. The main way to tell the difference between the bites from a mosquito and bed bugs bites would be to look at their frequency and bite pattern. Mosquitos do not move in groups and will usually leave singular bites in erratic locations. For example, even if there is more than one mosquito around, they would bite someone in erratic places like one on the arm, one on the leg, and one on the ear. When bed bugs leave bites, they will often appear in a central grouping or line.
Bed bugs bites can also be mistaken for the similar spots left by fleas. The main difference is that flea bites are much smaller and will not be as swollen. Fleas also typically bite people on their feet, ankles, and lower legs rather than on the arms, legs, and hands. Because bed bugs leave bites at night when they exit their hiding places, they will choose areas that are exposed while someone is sleeping. Bed bugs will travel a fair distance in order to find food, with some being recorded as having moved ten feet in order to reach a person. However, if the bites disappear, this does not mean that the pests are gone. Bed bugs eat once every few days and can return after the original bites have vanished, leaving even more bites in their place.
So, what can be done about bites? Thankfully, the bites of bed bugs do not typically require medical attention. Usually, the bites will cause an itching or burning sensation, and people might be tempted to scratch them. People should avoid scratching the bites whenever possible because doing so can cause further irritation and even skin infections. Some people might also experience blisters and hives caused by an allergic reaction to the bite. In many cases, applying a soothing antiseptic cream is all that would be necessary to alleviate the reaction and subsequent itching. Allergic reactions can be lessened through the use of antihistamines. However, if someone shows signs of a severe reaction, they should go to the hospital or see a doctor immediately to stop the reaction from worsening.
Bed bugs bites are one of the telltale warning signs that there are bed bugs in a residence or business. Because they reproduce quickly and are small enough to hide in tiny cracks, they can be difficult to eliminate. Although many websites advertise DIY pest control methods, they are often ineffective. Bed bug populations have been on the rise all around the world, and the pest is one of the most prolific and difficult to exterminate completely. Professional exterminators have access to the products and tools capable of removing the pests in their entirety, including any eggs or young nymphs which might be hiding in furniture or cracks around the room. As the industry advances, some methods of bed bug removal include environmentally friendly, non-chemical products and treatments. People interested in safe yet effective methods can discuss benign bed bug removal and stop the bites from continuing.
A tiny, brown insect skulking around someone’s resting place at night is most likely one thing: A bed bug. This pest gets its name from one of its most popular hiding places. Bed bugs can be found lurking in the furniture of a property, but not just in beds. Because of its small size, it can often be found hiding in other locations like the cracks between door frames and the wall, behind the panel of an electrical outlet, in bookshelves, or in couches and box springs. A bed bug is difficult to see because it is only 5-7 mm in size and often nearly invisible when it hasn’t eat recently. Its body is long, brown, and shaped like an oval, although it looks more bloated and red when it has fed. It often travels with other bed bugs and feeds on animals and humans who live on the property where it has taken roost.
Blood is the preferred diet for a bed bug. A bed bug emerges at night, usually when everyone is asleep, and searches for a host that will provide it will food for several days. Because it needs to get sustenance from another living thing to survive, a bed bug would be considered parasitic. There are several warning signs that can alert a person to its presence. The first and most common is a sickly sweet, musty odor emitted by bed bugs. The smell is strongest near its living space but is often not overpowering. Another sign to look out for is the presence of bites on a person’s body. These bites will be red, itchy, and resemble mosquito bites. However, they will be organized in a line or grouped together on a certain part of the body because bed bugs do not live or move around alone.
Other signs to watch out for are stains on fabrics like sheets and pillowcases. If red spots start to appear, it can mean that someone is rolling over in their sleep and accidentally crushing bed bugs that try to eat at night. Another distinct mark is small, dark spots which are the droppings of a bed bug. Many people hear about these signs and worry that a bed bug can pose a biological threat. Although having bed bugs in a home or business is almost never a good thing, scientists have discovered that people do not get diseases from a bed bug. Having an allergic reaction to the bite of one is a greater concern than contracting a disease, making a bed bug a ‘safer’ pest to have infesting a property than rats or cockroaches.
Once one bed bug has been found, chances are that there are more lurking. Although some websites advertise DIY, homemade methods to eliminate them, it’s safer to call a professional pest control company. They have access to tools and materials that can exterminate entire groups of pests down to the last bed bug. Many of them can also apply treatments to stop bed bugs from returning. People who are concerned about the environment or who dislike the idea of using chemicals around their family or employees can contact a pest control company who uses heat treatments. The heat treatment can kill a bed bug by exposing it to unlivable conditions, therefore eliminating it without using toxic methods.
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