Tips to Avoid Bed Bug Bites
October 6, 2017 Bed Bugs
You wake up and notice you're scratching your arms and legs. Did you let a mosquito in the house last night? Upon closer inspection of the bug bites, you start to wonder if you've got something worse than a mosquito. Are these bed bug bites?! Here's how to tell if you are getting bit by the dreaded bed bug and what to do about it if you are.
What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?
Bed bugs do not have fully developed, functional wings, but adult bed bugs have wing pads. They can't fly. Bed bugs are small, flat, and oval-shaped. They're brown, but turn reddish in color after feeding.
Identifying Bed Bug Bites
If you wake up with mystery bug bites, start by taking a look at your bed sheets. Are there any spots of blood? Can you see tiny spots of bed bug feces or even skins cast off by the bugs? These are signs you have bed bugs in your home.
Examine the bites on your skin. Bed bugs will usually bite parts of your body that are exposed throughout the night, so look at your hands, neck, and face. You may also have bites on your arms or legs. Most of the time, bed bug bites are in groups that form a zigzag pattern on your skin. The bites are small, raised areas that often become inflamed, red, itchy, or even blistered. Sometimes the bites are flat to the skin. When you are bitten by bed bugs you may not show the symptoms or evidence of the bites for a few days, if at all.
Bed bugs inject their saliva and an anti-coagulant when they pierce human skin to feed on your blood. Some people are extremely sensitive to the anti-coagulant and will react with a larger sized bug bite than people who are less sensitive to it. If you develop a rash after being bitten by a bed bug, do your best not to irritate it further with scratching. If the rash becomes infected, seek medical care.
How Do Bed Bugs Bite?
Bed bugs have elongated beaks that they use to pierce through skin and extract blood. They're basically tiny vampires.
Why Do They Bite?
Bed bugs are blood feeders that depend on blood for their food source, so they must consume blood for survival.
Prevent Bed Bugs
You can take precautions to prevent bed bugs from infesting your home.
When traveling, inspect the luggage rack and hotel room for bed bugs
Don't bring second-hand furniture into your home or check thoroughly for signs of bed bugs before bringing them in
If you live in an apartment building, isolate your unit by sealing cracks and crevices around baseboards and light sockets, and door sweeps on the bottom of entry doors
Professional Bed Bug Elimination
If you've attempted to prevent bed bugs without success, call Nozzle Nolen for professional bed bug control services. We use 100% green and environmentally friendly heat treatments to eliminate bed bugs from your home. If you think you have a bed bug infestation, give us a call and we'll inspect your property and determine the next course of action.