Bed bugs can be spread from one person to another which makes them contagious in one sense. Experts believe that humans are the number one transmitters of bed bugs in Canada and travelling is the major contributor to a bed bug infestation in Toronto. Early signs of bed bugs can include bite marks, blood marks on sheets and distinct smells. A better word for ‘Contagious’ in this case would be ‘Spread’.
The bugs may crawl in your clothing while seated or be sleeping on infested furniture which you then carry to another location. They may then get into someone else’s clothes or luggage and this is primarily how the insects spread. Unlike lice, bed bugs don’t stick to the host and only come into contact with humans while feeding. If you experiencing any signs of bed bugs call your local bed bug control company.
How to Treat Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites typically leave red, raised welts and an itching and/or burning sensation. The marks also appear as multiple bites in straight lines. You may need additional evidence that what you are looking at is a bed bug bite since these are often confused for mosquito bites, hives and rashes from fungal infections and eczema.
Treatment is easy assuming that you do not have an allergic reaction to the bite. Simply wash the affected area with water and soap which should stop infection and manage the burning or itchiness. If the pain persists, you may apply a mild corticosteroid cream which you can get at the local pharmacy without a prescription. Most people, however, don’t need to apply cream while others don’t react to the bite at all.
You need to see your doctor immediately if you experience an allergic reaction. Symptoms of an allergic reaction to bed bug bites include oozing, blisters, multiple severe bites, swelling of the tongue or neck, shortness of breath and puss.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs
There are many suggestions for DIY methods and products but the best chance of eliminating bed bugs successfully is to hire a professional bed bug exterminator in Canada.
Extermination requires that you treat the bed bugs directly so it imperative that you identify all areas where the bugs are present. While the mattress and bed may be obvious culprits, the insects do routinely hide in unlikely places including behind loose wallpaper, in drawers and inside picture frames and appliances. Only a professional can perform the kind of thorough inspection required before beginning treatment.
Exterminators also have access to potent chemicals and poisons that you can’t buy yourself over the counter. Bed bugs have become resistant to most pest control chemicals. Professionals use eco-friendly treatments which are not harmful to humans. The same cannot be said about most DIY pest control products available on the market.
You need to be very careful about the poisons you use in your home especially around pets and small children. Lastly, an exterminator will offer advice on how to avoid an infestation in the future. Call The Exterminators – Pest Control in Toronto at 647-496-2211 to deal with bed bugs effectively and quickly, we also offer bed bug control products in our online store.