Bed Bug Bite Picture And Information

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Basics

Here is a bed bug bite picture. As you can see, bed bug bites resemble mosquito bites. In fact, they so closely resemble other insect bites, the only way to know for sure you have bed bugs bites is to find bed bugs. You can’t tell just by looking at the bite.

This bed bug bite picture shows how bed bug bites can become red, irritated, swollen, and inflamed. They can also be quite itchy. Over time, a person can develop a sensitivity to the saliva of bed bugs, causing a more severe allergic reaction to develop.



You’ll be glad to know, though, that bed bugs bites have not been found to transmit diseases.

Prevention

To prevent bed bug bites like the one shown in the bed bug bite picture, you’ll need to take steps to prevent a bed bug infestation in your house.

Be especially careful when bringing used furniture into your house. Examine used furniture carefully, using a flashlight so you can see into all the cracks and crevices. If you see any evidence of bed bugs, either treat the furniture before bringing it home or just buy other furniture instead.

If you happen to discover you’ve spent the night somewhere where they are bed bugs, don’t panic. There are ways to prevent bringing the bugs home with you. Bag all clothing tightly in plastic bags until you are able to wash it, then wash it in the hottest water the fabrics will tolerate. Wash any other items, either in the washing machine or by hand, that have come in contact with bed bugs.

Treatment

Bed bug bites usually don’t need treatment. Bites like those shown in the bed bug bite picture should clear up on their own. If they don’t clear up, see your doctor. You may need a cortisone or steroid prescription.

If you’ve been getting bed bug bites, you need to treat the environment to kill the bugs. You can do this yourself, or you can hire a professional exterminator to come in and do the job for you.

Begin by examining the area carefully to determine where the bugs are and what areas need to be treated. Use a flashlight so you can really see well, and inspect the crevices of your mattress and bed frame. Examine the crevices of other nearby furniture as well - bed bugs are not necessarily confined to beds. Look in dresser drawers, for example. Also look in the crevices along your baseboards.

Scrub your mattresses with a stiff brush. Vacuum the crevices of the mattress with a strong vacuum to remove bugs. Use the crevice tool of your vacuum cleaner to get to the crevices of the bed frame, other furniture, and baseboards. Launder bed linens in hot water.

You’ll need to apply some sort of treatment to the environment to kill existing bugs and prevent them from coming back. Most commercial treatments contain permethrins and/or pyrethrins. These are effective ingredients, but they can be harmful to both humans and pets. You must be very careful when applying them, because contact with your skin can cause redness, swelling, and irritation. Over time, these chemicals can cause liver problems and even cancer.

Some people use boric acid to treat the environment for bed bugs, but this is not the most effective treatment. It can also be very toxic, especially to young children and pets. Inhaling it can cause nausea and vomiting. Over time, it can lead to kidney damage.

Obviously, many people wish to avoid the risks of commercial treatments for bed bugs. Fortunately, there are safe and effective natural products available that you can use.

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When To See Your Doctor

Bed bug bites usually clear up on their own. If you have bites that resemble the bed bug bite picture but that don’t seem to heal or if your bites look infected, see your doctor for treatment.



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