Bed Bug Bite


Basics

A bed bug bite resembles a mosquito bite. Bedbug bites are often itchy and irritated. Like mosquito bites, bedbug bites usually go away in a few days on their own without any special treatment. You can apply an anti-itch cream, available over the counter at pharmacies, if they are bothering you a lot.

A bed bug bite is often the first sign people have that there is a bed bug problem. If you wake in the morning with unexplained bites, you may have bed bugs. It’s time to check your bed for signs of bugs.



To check for bed bugs, use a strong flashlight and carefully examine your mattress. Look in all the crevices. Adult bed bugs are about a quarter of an inch long and are flat oval-shaped insects with no wings. They are usually brown in color. Larvae are the size of a grain of rice, and eggs are the size of poppy seeds. In addition to bugs and eggs, you may notice dark spots of blood from a bed bug bite on your sheets.

Prevention

The only way to really prevent bedbug bites is to avoid bed bugs. Some people use an insect repellant spray, like the kind used to protect against mosquito bites, but these sprays are not very effective against bed bugs. That’s mainly because these sprays are only effective for a short time after applying them, but you are in bed for up to eight hours. The spray simply wears off, and bedbug bites can occur.

Treatment

Anyone who has ever suffered a bed bug bite wants to know how to effectively treat bed bugs. Effective bed bug treatment has several components. It’s important to address all of the issues at the same in order for treatment to be effective.

First, you’ll need to launder all of your bed linens in hot water. If there are curtains near your bed, wash those, too. If you have a dresser near your bed, inspect the drawers carefully for bugs. If you find any, you’ll need to wash all of the clothing in the hottest water the fabric can stand.

Then you’ll need to get out the vacuum. Vacuum the mattress, using the crevice tool to get into the crevices. Use the crevice tool to do the bed frame, as well. Vacuum the floor, and use the crevice tool to get along the baseboards. If you found bugs in your dresser drawers, use the crevice tool to vacuum those out, as well.

Finally, you’ll need to use some sort of bed bug treatment. Traditional bed bug treatments contain permethrins and/or pyrethrins, chemicals that are effective but may be hazardous to your health. They cause inflammation and irritation if they come in contact with your skin, and prolonged exposure can have serious side effects, including liver damage and even cancer. Remember, you spend eight hours a night in your bed, and you will be breathing in your bed bug treatment.

Of course, many people are concerned about the potential risks of traditional bed bug treatments. A lot of people ask us about natural alternatives. In fact, there are safe and effective alternatives available. Next we’ll tell you about our favorite product.

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When To See Your Doctor

Bedbug bites don’t normally require any treatment, but if you have bites that don’t go away or that look infected, see your doctor. You should know that a bed bug bite does not spread any known diseases.



More than bed bug bite information on our how to treat bed bugs page

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