Bed bug bites are more common than you think. There are more than 200,000 cases per year in the United States. In this article we will talk about what the bites look like and symptoms, how to treat bed bug bites and help you determine if you have them.
How can you tell if you have bed bug bites?
Well there are quite a few signs to help you figure out if you have bed bug bites. Although bites may take a few days to show up depending on the person and what stage of the bug’s life it is in. If you have a large concentration of brownish to red bumps in an area of your body or in a line this is a good indicator. Bed bugs only bite areas of the skin that are touching the sheets you are sleeping on. The bites will become inflamed and itchy. So if you are a side sleeper and wake up to a concentration of bumps on the side you went to bed on. It’s a good bet you have bed bugs.
Now not everybody sleeps in one position throughout the night. People shift or roll around. Another thing to check is for molted skins or bed bug feces under your sheets. This may not appear right away as it can take quite a few bed bugs to leave visible signs behind.
Inspect your bed!
The number 1 thing besides the actual bites themselves to confirm you have bed bugs is to inspect your bed. Since bed bugs are drinking your blood, they will often time leave blood droplets on your sheets. This can appear as a rust colored or bright red pin sized droplets scattered around.
Another sign you may have bed bugs is to pull up the corners of your sheets. Bed bugs will leave feces and the exoskeletons of the skin they shed. Look to see if you find groupings of black, what often times looks like dirt under the sheets.
Finally bed bugs release a pheromone and this smells! The smell of bed bugs is compared to a musty smell. Imagine a wet towel that has been damp for a day or 2. If you smell this coming from your bed it is another great indicator of bed bug infestation.
How to treat Bed Bug Bites?
So bed bug bites can be painful and the itching can be unbearable. To treat bites we recommend Nature’s 86 Pain Relief and Healing oil. Our organic and natural oil not only brings down the inflammation, it also relieves the pain and speeds up the healing process.
For extreme cases it would also be good to take an antihistamine in combination with applying the oil. We advise that you apply the oil 2-3 times per day or more if needed.
How to get rid of Bed Bugs?
Getting rid of bed bugs is not as easy as it sounds. They reproduce quickly and while you may kill the bed bugs themselves, their larva is resistant to many kinds of treatments. In fact it may take multiple treatments over a month or 2 to completely get rid of them.
The EPA has some guidelines to follow if you attempt to treat them yourself. Go here to read their article.
Many exterminators like Orkin and Terminex are also able to get rid of Bed Bugs.
They may use pesticides which can be harmful to people.
Whether you want to try getting rid of them yourself or hire a professional that is up to you. Either way – if you are reading this article because you think you may have bed bugs. We wish you luck in killing the little critters!
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