Bed Bug Bites

Bed Bug Bites and How to Treat Them

What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like

“Don’t let the bed bugs bite” is a commonly used expression when bidding someone goodnight. These insects are so tiny, tinier than apple seeds and their bodies are flat! This makes it harder to notice if they have already invaded your house and they usually hide almost anywhere in the house. After invading the house, they can find a home in your mattresses, furniture or electric outlets. They tend to stay near beds and seats to be closer to their food source, you as entomologists report that they feed on humans’ and other mammals blood, including household pets.

the bed bug anatomy
the bed bug anatomy

Yes, bed bugs can, and they often, bite their hosts when they are asleep since they are most active during the night. They normally bite the neck, hands and face area as these places are the commonly exposed areas when sleeping. Their bites are, however, not always noticed. This is because when they bite their victims, they inject an anesthetic substance that allows them to feed without being interrupted for up to ten minutes.

Bed bug bites face
Bed bug bites on the face area

How can one know if they have been bitten by a bed bug? The bite’s symptoms are redness, swelling and itchiness on the place bitten. Although they haven’t been found to spread infectious diseases like other insects as mosquitoes do, some people may suffer emotionally from these bites. Also, bed bug victims may experience insomnia, suffer shame, and even go through “phantom bites” long after the pesky bugs have been removed by pest control experts.

Bed bug bites left wrist
Bed bug bites the left wrist

Bed bugs can cause problems for anyone. Although they are not brought about by uncleanness, they can be easily spotted and kept under control if the place is regularly vacuumed and clutter is reduced. If they happen to be in the hotel room you are in, it might help if you keep your luggage off the floor and bed to avoid bringing them into your home. It is always recommended that one seeks professional help in eradicating them when they invade their home. If you are experiencing problems with bed bugs it is best to call the professionals.

Bed Bug Bites Treatment

Bed bugs may be tiny, but they are often a huge problem for many. These small pests infest your home, particularly where you sleep. While you sleep, they feed on your blood by biting you. Unfortunately, the bites are bothersome and itchy. If you have bed bug bites, you need to know the best way to treat them using medications. You can treat bites, but you need to call bed bug control to prevent any further bites and discomfort.

Bed Bug Bites Treatment
Bed Bug Bites Treatment

Corticosteroid Creams

You can find corticosteroid creams, or hydrocortisone creams, over-the-counter or by your physician. Make sure you apply the cream to any area of your body where you have bed bug bites. The cream helps to alleviate swelling and itchiness associated with the bites. It is best to relieve itching so you do not scratch and further aggravate your skin.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines are also recommended. You can purchase antihistamines in pill or liquid form, such as Benadryl. You can acquire antihistamines over-the-counter from a supermarket or local drugstore. You can also ask your doctor for a prescription for an antihistamine. In fact, if you combine an antihistamine with a corticosteroid cream, you will get better results.

Antibiotics

Sometimes a bed bug bite may lead to an infection, particularly if you scratch at the bites. Scratching irritates the skin and allows infections to under your body. Talk to your doctor about prescribing you with antibiotics for your bites. Sometimes people have an allergic reaction to bed bug bites. If that is the case, an antibiotic can help you fight off the infection.

Dermatology Products

If you have a lot of bites or even severe discomfort or a severe reaction, visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist can provide you with dermatology products to help clear up the bites. Dermatology treatments are best used by people with several bites, infections from the bites, blisters caused by the bites, or an allergic reaction from the bites.

Soap and Water

Ask your doctor about medicated soaps used to clean your skin and relieve itching associated with bed bug bites. Use a combination of medicated soaps and warm to hot water to wash your skin thoroughly. You will need to make sure your skin is clean to prevent the risk of infection that bed bug bites may sometimes cause.

Bed Bug Bite Symptoms

While it might be true, you have an allergic reaction; there are indicators to watch out for to distinguish these bites. They look like small red areas that are inflamed, itchy and blistered. You can see them usually on body parts that are exposed during sleep such as arms, legs, and neck. These bites can stay for quite some time before they start to show up. If you notice blood spots on your sheets and bed bug feces, direct your suspicion towards a bed bug infestation.

Bed Bug Bite Symptoms
Bed Bug Bite Symptoms

When you get a bed bug bite you will get a reddish looking bite mark that may seem harmless at first, but will eventually become irritating and itchy. When this happens, it’s important that you contact a bed bug exterminator as soon as possible to prevent bed bugs from breeding and infesting your home.

Bed bug bites are initially painless because they secrete substances (an anesthetic and an anticoagulant) that make their bites painless. This is why most people don’t notice them immediately, but eventually, the bites will swell up into irritating welts that look similar to mosquito bites.

Bed bug bites can take on several appearances. There are bites that stand-alone and look like red, swollen bumps with dark red centers. Other bites are grouped in a particular area, and then there are bites that appear like hives or blisters.

Fortunately, bed bug bites are not dangerous. At worst, they will cause a little itchiness or burning sensations, but they won’t cause any illnesses or infections. However, when people scratch their bites, they may cause secondary infections.

When Do Bed Bugs Bite?

Bed bugs are most active during the night, so that’s when they’re most likely to bite people. They use their elongated beaks to pierce through skin and withdraw blood. They will then feed for about 3 to 9 minutes before crawling away unnoticed. Bed bugs usually prioritize those areas of the skin which are exposed during sleep. So the arms, the neck, the hands and the feet are most vulnerable to their attacks. It’s also worth mentioning that although bed bugs are not dangerous, a whole swarm of them could make sleeping very uncomfortable, which in turn could lead to stress and sleeping problems.

I Have a Bed Bug Infestation but No Bites on Me

Different people react differently to the bites. While some develop the rashes and all, some look just fine. However, this does not mean that they do not bite you. As they bite, they inject an anticoagulant into the blood that determines the different reactions of different people and the size of the inflamed area. Just because you do not have the marks on you, does not mean you should ignore the problem. You should seek professional help to counter these bugs.

Am I at Risk of Contracting Blood Communicable Diseases?

The answer to this is no. Just like mosquitoes, bed bugs do not transmit diseases such as HIV. However, should you severely scratch the irritating areas, you stand at risk of getting some infections. Should the irritation persist, seek medical advice. You are also supposed to keep the affected areas clean and disinfected to avoid chances of getting an infection. People with weak immune systems, the senior citizens, and children stand at risk of these infections. After a small amount of saliva has been contained within the victim for a number of weeks, the individual’s skin can become increasingly sensitive to it. Eventually, the body will develop a mild allergic reaction to the bite and can cause a lesion. Those who have become victim to a bed bug bite may believe that they have been bitten by a mosquito. These bites can be very irritating and you may be tempted to itch them. Depending on the amount of fluid you have been injected with, your bite can vary from being a small red mark to a larger red area which has swelling around it. Sometimes, some of the bites can stop you from sleeping and even become infected. Lack of sleep can be very detrimental for your health as it can cause a lack of focus and fatigue.

To conclude, apart from lack of sleep and it being generally irritating there aren’t any other effects that can damage your physical health. In addition to, scientists have not been able to prove that any diseases can be spread or caught by these insects. If you have received a bed bug bite it should usually get better and improve naturally.

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Do They Bite Animals Too?

Bed bugs bite not only humans but also animals. It is a common mistake to confuse these bites in pets as tick bites. Once they bite, they do not stay on the pet’s fur rather they seek a safe place to hide.

How to Remove Bed Bugs

If you have a bed bug infestation, then it’s important to contact qualified bed bug control professionals to remove them immediately. Do-It-Yourself measures and over-the-counter insecticides are not very effective at removing infestations because bed bugs reproduce very rapidly.

Female bed bugs can lay hundreds of eggs in a given area, and because they are approximately the size of dust, it’s almost impossible to remove them without professional assistance. In fact, bed bugs can produce three generations in just one year, and allowing them to increase their numbers could make your bedroom a very uncomfortable place to sleep in.

Remember, if you have a bed bug infestation, contact a professional pest control company. Call the Exterminators: 647-496-2211 to get bed bugs out of your home. We also feature a variety of bed bug related products such as mattress covers and bed bug monitors.

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