Bedbug Blog

    • Common Indications of Bed Bugs

      Bed bug signs may be difficult to spot because the pests themselves are so tiny, and usually are nocturnal creatures. It’s better to search for hints that the bugs have been there, like remnants of waste that are appearing as dark small specks on your sheets. These indications of bed bugs commonly comprise of little blood stains from any bites and discarded waste from the pests themselves like eggs, excrement, dead bugs, or shed skin.

      These bed bug signs are going to appear inside the sheets of your bed, because bed bugs generally bite human beings while they’re asleep. Bed bugs often will reside inside the folds of your sheets within the day. They also may reside inside the box spring or mattress, between the two, or inside crevices around your bed. It’s so they’re able to hide within the daytime without being disturbed, yet so you can eradicate bed bugs from your home, it’ll be necessary to find -- then destroy their daytime place of hiding. It’s usually somewhere inside a bedroom, yet bed bugs also may infest carpeting and move all throughout your home and move to additional areas on clothes.

      It’s useful to smooth the sheets out and closely look when browsing for the aforementioned bed bug signs; a magnifying glass might be useful because they may be extremely hard to view with the naked eye. Amongst the best methods of telling includes looking for stains on your sheets which have a rust-like look; it may be indicative of bed bug excrement and blood from any bites. Bites, of course, upon the skin also may be bed bug signs. Typically, these are itchy and appear similar to mosquito bites, yet they might be more numerous and more concentrated within one area. Occasionally the bites may take a couple of days to show up.

    • Bed Bug Elimination

      It may be extremely challenging to eliminate bed bugs. It’s partially due to the truth that they’ll hide in small places, and crawl into the tiniest crevices and cracks, making it difficult to find them for extermination. Rarely are they witnessed in the daytime, preferring to crawl out in the nighttime, which will make them even more difficult to detect and eliminate. Also, these bugs are able to remain in their hiding spaces for 1 year or longer without consuming food, traveling inside someone's luggage, clothes, or even inside of airplanes and vehicles. Even worse, they’ll lay multiple eggs at once; the female may produce 300 eggs that hatch in only ten days.

      Pesticide dusts and sprays may be used to eliminate bed bugs in crevices and corners, yet bed bugs constantly take up residence within someone's clothing and bed. Utilizing spray insecticides in these types of places actually can pose a health problem to the unfortunate individual who has them. Many experts, instead, suggest things such as vacuuming them up, as well as disinfecting mattresses; also they recommend brushing them inside boiling water. Clothing and bedding must be laundered at 120° F (48.88° C) to eliminate bed bugs. Most experts advise eliminating infested mattresses, as merely disinfecting them might not be enough to eliminate persistent bed bugs.

      To totally get rid of bed bugs which have discovered their way inside smaller items, an individual may attempt to put the bugs into tied plastic bags and leave them inside the sun for a couple of days. It additionally helps to place them outside as the temperature outdoors is below freezing. But, they have to be left outside for a minimum of 2 weeks to kill them altogether. Your vacuum may be utilized to get rid of pests which are in carpets and on walls. Then, it is better to remove the vacuum bag by putting it into a sealed trash bag then placing it outdoors.

    • Bed Bug Bites

      Ouch!  You have a bed bug  bite?  But how do you know  it’s come from a bed bug and not something else?

      Honestly, bed bug bites can be nondescript as far as bites go.  But the more you know about them, the more you’ll be educated in case you do become victim to them.

      Though they’re not entirely nocturnal, bed bugs are going to bite their victims when they’re victims are in their present habitats, so bug bites will happen at night while their victims are sleeping.

      Some people will not experience any reaction at all to a bed bug bite.  Others will.  Some things to look for: a bite with a red, swollen area and a dark red center or bites in a line grouped together in a small area.  You may also look for blisters or hibes at the bite site.  As for areas of the skin, they can happen anywhere.  Most will occur or body parts that are exposed while sleeping such as face, arms, legs, or hands.

      As stated before, you may not see the bites immediately; they may not appear until several days after the initial bite.  Usually they are very itchy bites.  Symptoms may include a burning sensation on the skin.  One of the interesting things about bed bug bites is that you will not feel them at the time of the actual bite; they excrete a tiny amount of anesthesia into your body before they bite.

    • Bed bugs and Children

      While children are not arguably more susceptible to experiencing bed bug problems than adults, there are several ways that children can experience problems without the knowledge of their parent.

      Children may be at a higher risk of receiving bed bug bites if they are sleeping over at friends' homes. In fact, children who sleep in multiple environments are more prone to bedbugs because they are exposed to more potential bedbug habitats.

      There are several signs and symptoms that can show your child has been experiencing bed bug bites.  Your child may complain of itching, but there may or may not be a visible bug bite. What may start as a small bruise like area, may turn into red bumps on the exposed parts of the body.  You may see telltale signs of bedbug infestation such as bloodstains on the sheets, flecks of bed bug dung on or around the bed, or smell a sweet odor that results from large numbers of bed bugs.

      Once you have confirmed that your child has been bitten, the next step is to seek medical care. Your doctor may prescribe topical steroids to help relieve intensely itchy bites. If your child has a bacterial infection on the skin from scratching, the doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics.  Bed bug bites are difficult to visually diagnose.  If your child is continuing to get lesions, the child's doctor may need to take a small sample of skin to determine if he or she has some other skin condition.

    • Bed Bugs while Traveling

      We all fear that we’ll stay at a hotel with bed bugs don’t we?  However, simply staying at a place with bed bugs is not your only worry.  Most bed bug infestations start from bed bugs being brought in from an outside source, such as a motel or from a traveling guest.

      Bed bugs will definitely travel with people.  They are not like lice that travel directly on the person, but they do travel on the persons clothing or their travel gear.  If you have a concern about bed bugs traveling on your favorite items, make sure you place these items into a plastic bag and not remove them to a carpeted floor.

      But what about your other items, how can you ensure they aren’t carrying bed bugs without throwing them away?  In addition to containing the items in a plastic bag, you’ll want to make sure your items are laundered, washed by hand, heated or frozen after any possible contact with a bed bug infestation.

      When washing items later that may have had contact with bed bugs, make sure you set the washer and dryer on the hottest setting that the fabric can withstand or use a dry cleaning service.

      When it comes to suitcases that may accompany you on your travels, make sure they are thoroughly inspected for bed bugs before storing them.  If you do find bed bugs, make sure that you hand wash the suitcases with hot soapy water, as hot as possible.

    • How to get rid of bed bugs

      Once you have identified the source of the bedbugs in your home the next step is to begin ridding yourself of the infestation.

      Step one: you must bag and launder all affected items.  Upon washing gather all linen, cloth and leather bags, mattress covers, clothing, and teddy bears.  Wash the laundry as well.  Some metropolitan areas offer bed bug laundry and dry cleaning services which have the added benefits of proven methods for killing bed bugs and bagging or storing cleaned items so they do not become re-infested while the home is still being exterminated.  If something cannot be washed or discarded, use a non-toxic bug spray.

      Step two: purchase or rent a steam cleaner to rid affected areas of bugs and eggs.  You may be able to purchase a simple device at your local grocery store.  Thoroughly spray all infected areas of your house and all areas that may have been affected as well.

      Step three: vacuum your house.  This will remove all bugs and eggs from the mattresses, carpet, walls and other surfaces.  Afterward, dispose of the vacuum contents in a sealed trash bag.  Once this is finished, repair all cracks in plaster and glue down loosened wallpaper to eliminate bed bug harborage sites.

      Step four: Depending on the size of your infestation you may want to consider using insecticides.  Apply as a spot treatment to cracks and crevices where bed bugs could be hiding.

      Lastly, although you may perfectly capable of solving your infestation on your own, pest control is still available, and should you find yourself not up to the task there is no shame in seeking the help of a qualified professional.

    • How to know if you have bed bugs?

      The first thing to look for is a sign on your skin.  If you have bites and are not sure where they came from, this may be a telltale sign of something to look further into.  If you wake up each morning with a new bite on your skin, this is a clear indication that there might be a problem.  But if you are not noticing bites on you, your spouse, or your children, that does not mean you don’t have bed bugs.

      Sometimes you can find evidence of a bug infestation without seeing the actual bugs.  Like other bugs, they leave fecal stains anywhere that they inhabit.  They won’t be black, because the blood is digested (gross I know!), but you will see brown or black spots in one area of your mattress.  They will not flake off if rubbed with a rag either; they’ll stay in place, showing you this is bed bug feces.

      There is also the typical visual inspection, though bed bugs are often missed.  Try using a flashlight if checking your mattress or box springs for signs of bed bugs.

      Another type of method to find bed bugs is an interception device or activation monitor.  These can actually be placed under your bed or couch and will indicate if there are bugs moving around your furniture.  Bed bugs will naturally move around in an infested environment and these monitors will confirm their presence.

    • How to prevent Bed Bugs

      Prevention is the key to solving your bed bug problems, but we’re aware that doesn’t mean much once you have bed bugs.  However, let’s talk a bit about prevention for the future of your home.

      Bed bug prevention is important, as bed bug levels have reached an all time high according to epidemiologists worldwide.  It can cost a lot, up to $1200 to get rid of bed bugs once you have them, so the conversation about preventing then is definitely necessary for all families.

      Remember, almost any environment can provide a haven for bed bugs, so no home is exempt!

      The first step to preventing bed bugs is to check for them the next time you are in a hotel room.  Away from home, believe it or not!  Bed bugs often come from other environments, so make sure your bed at your next hotel is safe.  Bed bugs can be seen along the seams or you can also see tiny blood specks on the edges of the mattress that could indicate bed bugs have been there. Change rooms immediately if that is the case!

      If you ever have any indication that bed bugs may have hitched a ride onto your clothing, make sure you separate the clothing from anything else in your home and treat it immediately.  Whether throwing it in the dryer on the highest setting or taking it to the dry cleaners, you want to make sure you keep it away from the clean items in your home.

      Another step in prevention: take very close care of bringing in any used furniture or clothing into your house.  Inspect it carefully for bed bugs or any other infestation.   Make sure that you check all of these items before bringing them into your house.

    • What Allergies are caused by Bed Bugs

      Bed bug bites can look and feel different depending on their victim, like any other bug bite.  Allergic reactions will vary depending on the victim.

      Bed bug bites can be mistaken for allergic reactions because of their appearance.  Their bites can appear as itchy bumps, grouped in a line that shows the pattern of feeding.  Their coloring also can change with the bumps being redder in the morning and fading throughout the day.

      Most people are not allergic to bed bugs.  That doesn’t mean their bites are not uncomfortable!  However, there are rare circumstances of anaphylaxis that have occurred, but in general they are just uncomfortable to deal with.

      Whenever bed bugs are incorrectly diagnosed as an allergic reaction, the physician will often prescribe an antihistamine.  This might help with the itching but it won’t make the rash go away.  A better treatment method would be a steroid cream which will help the itch and the rash resolve quickly.

      It is important to treat the bed bug bites so that your scratching does not get to the point of breaking your skin.  At this point, the skin can become infected.  The area will have increased pain, redness and possible oozing at the site.  At that time, medical attention will definitely be needed.

      Though rare, it is also possible that bedbugs can transmit other viruses such as Hepatitis B, which has been found in bed bug droppings.  That is why it is best to get rid of your infestation and treat any infection on your body as quickly as possible.

    • What are Bed Bugs?

      Let’s get specific and learn exactly what are these pesky creatures called “bed bugs”.  Bed bugs, similar to mosquitos, feed exclusively on blood, human or otherwise.  However, it does prefer to feed on human blood.  There are other similar species that choose to feed on animal blood, for example the “cimex pipistrelli” which prefers bat blood, but the bed bug prefers to feed on humans and will always seek that source for sustenance.

      The name came from their preferred home which is similar to any humans preferred home; a warm house that is insulated, and inside any kind of sleeping area.  They are also mainly active at night, but are not exclusively a nocturnal animal.  Unlike mosquitos however, bed bugs can feed off their victims typically without the victims noticing.

      What do bed bugs look like?  They are small, oval and brown in color.  Adult bed bugs have flat bodies about the size of an apply seed, but once they have fed their bodies swell and are reddish in color; imagine that!  They cannot fly but they can move quite quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings.

      Female bedbugs can lay hundreds of eggs over their lifetime, each about the size of a speck of dust.  Immature bed bugs, also called nymphs, shed their skin five times before reaching maturity, but first require a meal of blood before shedding their skin.  Under the best conditions, bed bugs can develop fully in as little as a month and then continue to produce three more generations each year.

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