Bed bug bites are so itchy. Some people are even have allergies to the saliva that a bed bug injects on the skin prior to it sucks in blood to feed. Children and adult alike could not say great night sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite specifically if bed bugs are all over your home!
How would you know if your home is infested and you can safely say to your household members excellent night sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite?
Start by checking for the signs and symptoms of a bed bug infestation. Don’t assume that that intense itchiness that your children are experiencing are due just to gnats or mosquito bites. Inspect your house for possible bed bug infestations so you can get an excellent night’s sleep, and not let those pesky bed bugs bite.
Skin Symptoms To Note To Detect Possible Bed Bug Infestations
Have you noticed swollen insect bite marks on your children’s arms or shoulders? Are the bites oval shaped and do they appear to be in line? Does your kid look sleepy in spite of getting the right amount of sleep? If you are answering yes to any of these questions, check for possible bed bug issues.
After examining possible bite marks on your child, look carefully at his/her bedding and mattress to check for bed bug problems.
Also, keep in mind that some people’s skin does not respond to the anticoagulants in bed bug saliva. Bed bugs inject an anticoagulant into the skin of their victim before they start feeding, and while that anticoagulant also contains anesthetics, it usually also triggers a slight rash and allergic reaction. However, not everyone experiences these allergic reactions or feels pain or discomfort after being bitten by a bed bug, so even if your children do not experience these discomforts or show signs of bed bug bites, you should still periodically check their bed anyway.
Common Reactions to Bed Bug Bites
One common allergic reaction to bed bug bites is development of scratchy and inflamed skin welts that are usually a quarter inch in diameter or less. While the initial welts usually subside fairly quickly, they tend to go away but leave behind red areas that can last for days. These skin welts are often itchy, and children, especially small children, are likely to scratch them. When kids scratch their itchy welts, infection may develop. Children often cannot resist scratching themselves, but bed bug bites are often more painful and itchy than mosquito or gnat bites and lead to more scratching. Sometimes, these welts get infected from scratching, and begin to blister or bleed.
Additionally, the sleep disruptions caused by bed bug bites can lead to mental health issues such as the development of high levels of stress, anxiety attacks, sleeping disorders, and tension. Without good night’s sleep, mental health quality often worsens dramatically.
Bed Bug Hideaways
Everyone wants to have a good night’s sleep. We all like to wish our family members good night, sleep tight, and don’t let the bed bugs bite.
A good night’s sleep is a night of comfortable, uninterrupted sleep. These nights can happen only when common pests such as mosquitoes, gnats, dust mites, and bed bugs are not present in your home. In order to guarantee yourself and your family a good night’s sleep, learn the hiding places of bed bugs and exterminate them.
First, learn what bed bugs look like, and how they behave. Bed bugs are small, oval-shaped, reddish brown, and flat. They can live in practically any crevice where any people or warm-blooded animals generally reside. Their breeding place are generally in living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms that people sleep and spend time in for at least an hour each day. Bed bugs want to be near to their source of food. If you see a bed bug on your dresser, nightstand, bedding, or furniture, your house is almost certainly infested by bed bugs. You, your family members, and household guests will struggle to have a good night’s sleep.
Carefully inspect bedding, mattress seams, head boards, chairs, wood furniture, and night tables. If you find any unexpected reddish brown stains on any of these locations, you should find a pest control specialist to treat your house for bed bugs. Give our professional bed bug controllers a call today for an inspection!
Should You Throw Away Your Furniture?
Well, are you looking for an excuse to replace furniture you no longer want, or do you want to hang onto the infested furniture? What are your desires regarding the furnishings of your house?
If you want to save your furniture, consider a heat or steam treatment. These treatments effectively kill bed bugs at all stages of life throughout the entire infested area. However, if you are planning to replace your furniture with new furniture, discard the infested furniture, hire a licensed bed bug controller to exterminate the bed bug infestation using conventional pesticide applications, and then purchase new furniture.
Remember that bed bugs can survive for eighteen months, if you opt out of a heat treatment or a steam treatment. You will be stuck with live bed bugs inside your furniture that can survive between feedings for one and a half years inside your furniture.
If you suspect that you have a bed bug infestation and would like to discuss your options, contact us today to learn more!