Bed bugs are bothersome little pests that have caused us trouble for thousands of years. While they do not carry any diseases, bed bugs can be psychologically distressing, and their bites can be rather painful. Thankfully, bites do not last for very long and they can be treated with anti-itch creams. Bed bugs can also be removed with the help of a professional. Call bed bug control Toronto now if bed bugs are keeping you up at night.
Bed bug bites usually appear on the parts of the body that are exposed at night. The face, neck, arms, hands, legs, and feet are common biting areas. Bites are usually small, round, and either pink or red in colour. A smaller red dot may appear in the centre of a bite. Bites usually appear in clusters of straight lines and zig zags, their most characteristic feature. They may or may not be raised on the skin’s surface; this depends on the victim’s allergies and tolerance to bed bugs. For some people, bites do not swell or itch at all. Bed bug bites usually last for one or two weeks.
If you think you have bed bug bites, look for other signs of an infestation in and around the infested bed. Bed bugs sometimes leave drops and smears of blood on the bed sheets. Within the creases of the mattress and bed frame, you may find feces appearing in clusters of black or dark brown specks. Eggs are very small and white. Bed bugs shed their skins are they age, so you may also find what looks like translucent, yellow, inanimate bed bugs. If you have a keen sense of smell, you also may notice a musty, sweet odour reminiscent of rotting berries. During your search, you may even come across the bed bugs themselves. Bed bugs are brown or reddish in colour and have beetle-like bodies. They grow up to 6mm in length and appear very flat.
Always call a professional pest remover to get rid of bed bugs. Bed bugs are highly resilient to store-bought pesticides, so they are very difficult to treat on your own. A professional will use the most effective insecticides and will even be able to provide you with a steam treatment on your mattress to reach the bugs at every stage of the lifecycle. What you can do to help is wash all of your clothing in hot water and cover your mattress with a protective bed bug-proof casing. If your bites itch, you can apply over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams to your skin.
Bed bug bites are uncomfortable, and they can happen to anyone. If you are currently struggling with bed bugs, do not hesitate to get professional help. The longer you wait, the worse the situation will get. We at The Exterminators take bed bug infestations seriously. We promise to provide you with the best care and get rid of whatever bed bug problem you may have. Call Toronto pest control today for guaranteed, quality pest removal.