Bed bug bites can affect the physical as well as the mental health of a person. Bed bugs hide in the corners of furniture, folds of mattress, bed during the day, before they creep to feed on the human blood during the nights.
Process of Bed Bug Bites
The bed bug pierces the skin with its long beak to draw the blood. It takes up to eight to ten minutes for the bed bug to complete the process, and the victim does not feel the pain during the engorgement. The whole process of searching the spot, piercing and injecting the anti-coagulating saliva is the prime cause to trigger various physical responses in human beings. Interestingly, the bed bugs suck blood in rows. Most often, a row will have more than two bed bug bites. In severe cases, there can be up to hundred bites in a row or same area. Studies indicate that bed bugs to have the capacity to drink blood up to three times their weight in a single feeding.
Symptoms of Bed Bug Bites
The severity of the symptoms differs depending on the immune response of each individual. While some people display less or no reaction of a bedbug bite, there are people who experience serious symptoms of a bed bug bite. Around 40% of people do not respond to bed bug bites. The injected saliva irritates and causes inflammation of the skin. Few of the known symptoms are –
- A small rash made of red and itchy lesions.
- A red bump that looks similar to the bite of a mosquito or flea. However, unlike a flea bite, the bite of a bed bug is sans the red dotted center.
- A bed bug bite can cause serious allergic reactions, such as blisters, hives and excessive itching.
- Extreme scratching of the area can lead to skin infections, including accumulation of pus.
How long does it take for the symptoms to surface?
The reaction that triggers again depends on the immunity of the individual. There are some people who develop reaction immediately, with a bed bug bite, while, the symptoms in others can take up to fourteen days to surface. The severity of the reaction within the body is proportionate to the response triggered.
Does the reaction last for a long time?
Depending on the body’s healing ability, the bites clear up quickly, normally within a day, without scratching. However, if the victim scratches to the point of cracking the skin, the rash becomes an open wound making it susceptible to various infections. This also causes the skin to scar, which can take some time to heal.
Precautions for Bed Bug Bites
It is better to avoid exposing the affected site to heat such as, hot shower or blazing temperature. This makes the skin itchier and can lead to severe inflammation. Furthermore, avoid exposure of the affected skin to chlorinated water (swimming pool) or body care creams or lotions that have alcohol content in them. It is essential to keep the skin well hydrated with non-alcohol based moisturizers.
How to Identify and Handle Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites are not hard to miss if you have encountered them before. However, if you are just hearing about them for the first time, then you need to know more about them. It should be easy to identify the bites, people bitten for the first time mistake the bites with spider bites, but spider bites are poisonous, while the bed bug bite is not as dangerous. However, repeated bites are not good and therefore you need to know how to treat them or better yet, know how to get rid of the bed bugs. Bed bugs are stealth feeders. That means that they wait for you to sleep and then they creep on you in the early hours of dawn and suck your blood.
While fleas will bite the lower parts of the body, the bed bug bites will be concentrated on the upper body. It is very important that you learn to detect the bed bug bite marks. While a bed bug bite will not cause any disease, you should know that the rash that they bring will be itchy, angry and red. Anyway, the bedbugs will be sucking your blood and if you know what is good for you, there is no way that you are going to let that happen. You need to take every precaution that you can to make sure that the bed bugs do not bite you. One of the reasons why bed bugs are coming back so fast is that the insecticide that was used to treat eradicate them in the ‘90s has since been banned after it was established that it was toxic to the environment.
Bed bug bites do not transmit diseases
Now, while the bites may not cause any direct transmission of disease, it is important for you to know that they are dangerous in children because they are itchy and children cannot be able to resist scratching the bites. Therefore, they may open them up for germs to enter and this may cause skin infection. You too should avoid scratching the bite marks lest you turn them into open sores. Unlike ticks, bed bugs will not transmit any diseases into human beings, if this is any consolation.
After how long will the bed bug bites subside? You may wonder. Now, the bed bug bite, as said earlier is not dangerous at all. Do not even bother to treat it because after one or two weeks, it will vanish and there will be no spotting or scarring whatsoever. The only problem will be that the bed bugs will bite you again, and therefore you will never really lack the bite marks, unless you first get rid of the bed bugs. So rather than think too much about the bite marks, it would be smarter to think of how you can get rid of the bed bugs for good. If you are in this alone, think again. So many homes today are afflicted with bed bugs. If you check this out on the internet, you will be surprised that the bed bugs are back, and in a big way too, where they are now the urban nightmare.
Look for bedbug bites on your children’s skin. To help ease the itching for the children, you should find out what can help. Olive or lavender oil usually work best at reducing the sensations on the skin. However, the most important thing that you should know is that you should prevent any more bites from occurring. You can only do this by getting rid of the bed bugs. Even before you spray pesticide, make sure that you check every nook and cranny where the bed bugs hide, you can separate the beddings, and check out the seams because bed bugs usually hide there.
Identifying the bed bug bites easily
Experts say that bed bug bites occur in groups of three. However, the small bites may develop rashes, which cover the whole area and therefore it becomes hard to distinguish the three bed bug bite marks. If you think that you have been bitten by bed bugs, then you most probably have. You can also check out pictures of bite marks caused by bed bugs on the internet. Usually, bed bugs can bite you almost everywhere, even on the face and the feet. Therefore, you need to know the bites when you see them and at the first symptom that you have bed bugs, embark on getting rid of them immediately.
Sometimes, bed bugs bites have their individuality. In some people, they may be small and in some people, they may be large. In some people, they will be medium sized and in others, the bite marks will have a splotch of red at the center. However, this does not make the bites any attractive. If you notice a bite mark in the morning, you should maybe try to compare it with pictures that you find online of bite marks from bed bugs and ascertain that yes, even if yours looks different, it is still a bed bug bite. If you have the time, you can also look for other symptoms of bed bugs like their feces or their eggs. If you know where to look for such signs on the headboards, in the canvas straps of the box springs and many other spaces between woods and boards of the furniture, you might even be lucky to spot a mature bedbug. Be warned however that the little rascals know how to hide and therefore even if you do not spot a live bed bug, you can be sure that they are there.
Even though you are assured that bed bug bites are not dangerous, you still need to get rid of the bed bugs from your home. The only way to do this is to kill bed bugs. Get help from the pest control specialist in your area, and you can be sure that there is one. The government is taking the bed bug infestations seriously and so are we. That is why we want to make sure that you have the right information. We will help you get rid of the bed bugs, for good.