Bedbugs are like mosquitoes. They feed on people’s blood. Once they sense carbon dioxide and heat coming from a person nearby, they slowly come out of the bed’s crevices and cracks and begin the journey towards the victim. The bad thing is, they can suck and suck one’s blood without getting noticed.
Bed Bug Bites versus Mosquito Bites
Although bed bug bites don’t pose danger to life, a person who is allergic to them may develop itchy red bumps a day or even ten days after being bitten. These ugly bumps usually form reddish straight lines on the arms, face, neck or hands, contrary to mosquito bites with their usually random patterns. Additionally, while mosquito bites may kill a person, bed bug bites do not cause diseases and most people hardly develop a negative reaction to them.
Learn How to Spot Bed Bugs
You may not be aware of their presence in your home because bed bugs are very small. However, the adult ones are already visible to the naked eye. The color is reddish-brown, the shape is oval, the body is flat and they can grow to a length of 5 mm.
Bed bugs don’t reside only in beds. They can be found anywhere in the bedroom and in furniture. Those places where people usually stay are favorite hideouts of bed bugs. Here’s how you can spot them.
- Dried feces of bed bugs form black spots. Examine your sleeping materials. If there are small bloody spots on the blankets or pillow cases, bed bug bodies may have been crushed by your body’s movements while sleeping.
- Use a torch and lightly run through joints and crevices of your mattresses and furniture. Bed bugs won’t be able to stand the heat and would begin running out of their hiding places. If most areas of your house are infested, it may be time for you to call a local pest-control company.
Treatment for Bed Bug Bites
If the bites become too itchy or make you feel uneasy, consult your GP. He may prescribe an emollient, a steroid cream, lotions and antihistamines. If the itching becomes really severe, your doctor might decide to give some antidepressant, but don’t get him wrong if he does. It doesn’t mean you are suffering from depression or what. He just wants the itching to go as immediately as possible.
But before you spend money for a doctor’s diagnosis and prescription, you may try home remedies first such as applying hot water, household ammonia or hydrogen peroxide. Some can even get relief by just using vinegar alone. If you are worried about infection, just apply iodine on the affected areas. Use iodine, most especially the bumps that are beginning to turn into wounds. Do that to prevent the onset of infection.
Taking a warm bath is highly advised because bacteria can’t easily thrive in warm temperatures. Avoid using irritating soaps and perfume. You are better off without them. Instead, use mild skin products. You will also heal sooner if you use clothes that are not tight and are made of cotton. Avoid clothing materials that easily gather dust.
The truth of the matter is bed bug bites are just like common wounds and they should be treated the way common wounds are treated. If your bed bug bites persist or resist common home treatments, that’s the only time you should seek help from a professional. Otherwise, it is something you can manage and stop on your own and without the usual medical cost.