You have been reading headlines and know that bed bug bites are now a serious issue in many hotels and cities around the world. It does indeed make the skin crawl to consider that there is some sort of large-scale problem with these nearly invisible creatures, but there are some things you can do about it.
The first thing to do is to actually pay attention to the classic signs of bed bug bites. They don't usually appear until a few days after being bitten, and this means that you need to know the signs as soon as possible.
Firstly, their bites tend to be clumped together on the body, with most showing up on the upper body such as the torso or the arms. Their bites can take up to an entire week to detect, but they are usually unmistakable due to their rash like appearance and the intense itchiness that they cause.
You can often narrow down the possibilities of precisely what this "rash" might be by considering the other options. For instance, many people say that a bed bug bite feels and looks similar to a flea or a tick bite, but that is not actually true.
For instance, a fleabite is most often on the lower body - usually no higher than the knee. Fleabites appear almost immediately after a person is bitten and are usually in clumps, but not in the same manner as a rash.
Ticks, on the other hand, will bite anywhere, and never in groups of bites. They embed into the skin of their victim and feed for a while before releasing. If the bite is one that is also infected with one of the common tick diseases, it tends to indicate this through swelling and a "ring" rash around the single bite.
Clearly, neither of these issues sounds much like bed bug bites, and this helps to narrow things down. The next thing to consider is whether or not the rash appeared after using a particular bed or piece of furniture. This is because bed bugs inhabit these places more than anything else. If you do suspect that this may be the case, you can then begin inspecting the items in order to see if you find any of these nasty creatures.
They are difficult to see but are red or brown in color, around five millimeters in length, and have reproductive cycle similar to fleas. Thus, if you do have an infestation you will need to vacuum and use treatments for at least two months in order to defeat their cycles.
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on human bloods and bed bug bites can transmit diseases. They live under mattresses and seek for food source at night. They can suck out blood for about five minutes.
Though not dangerous, the bites can cause skin irritation and rashes. They infest in any place in your bedroom. As they do not create nest, they can easily hide anywhere. It is significant to get rid of them in the initial stage, because each bug can lay four or five eggs in a day and form a big batch in a short period of time.
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs
No one wants bed bugs in their bedroom. The bed bug bites can be annoying and it is important to take some steps to eradicate them, before the problem becomes severe. Though there are several insecticides available in the market, it is not advisable to use them. They contain harmful chemicals and if inhaled, they may cause breathing problems. It is safe to use some natural cleaning products to get rid of bed bugs.
• The best way to eliminate bed bugs is to wash bedding in hot water.
• You can vacuum the bedroom, mattresses, furniture and carpet. This helps to remove bed bugs and their eggs. You can also use some natural disinfectant while cleaning.
• Steam cleaning is beneficial in eradicating bed bugs.
• You can use organic bed bug sprays, which help to exterminate bed bugs in a safe manner. You just need to spray on the infested areas. The powerful ingredients used in these sprays penetrate the body of the bed bugs and make them suffocated within seconds. They also help to eliminate larvae and eggs of the bed bugs. They do not produce any fumes or odors and you can sleep immediately after using sprays.
• You can dust diatomaceous earth around the cracks in your bedroom. It is one of the best natural remedies against bed bugs. It is a naturally occurring soft white powder. It absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of bed bugs and causes them to dehydrate. It is non-toxic and safe to use in homes.
• You can try a homemade recipe to get rid of bed bugs. Take few drops of eucalyptus essential oil, clove oil, rosemary oil and lavender oil with a cup of water. Mix them well and pour them into a spray bottle. You can spray the mixture over infestations. It can deter bedbugs, but can cause stains in clothing and bedding. If you use this mixture, you need to avoid sleeping in the bedroom that night.
• You can mix dried eucalyptus leaves, rosemary, dried lavender and cloves. Put them in small bags and keep them in closets, suitcase, drawers and any other places. This helps to control the problem of bed bugs in your home.
• A mixture of black walnut tea, basil leaves, thyme and lavender can also help to eliminate bed bugs.
• Bed bugs are sensitive to heat. You can put the linens in the drier for thirty minutes, which in turn can cause the insects to die. You can also dry the linen outside, when it is extremely hot.
Bed bug bites can cause minor swelling and skin irritation. If you have infants at home, you need to take immediate steps to exterminate them. Infants are prone to scratching at insect bites and so they may get secondary skin problems. However, using chemical based insecticides can irritate the throat and lungs. Bed bug bites may also contribute to several other health problems. Hence, it is always wise to use natural cleaning products to eliminate bed bugs.