Bed Bug Bites:
Bed bug bites usually resemble raised red bumps appearing in a distinctive linear pattern on the skin. They are usually accompanied by intense itching. It is unlikely that you will immediately realise you have been bitten by a bed bug. The itching, which is most commonly the first sign of a bite, can take anything from a few minutes to a few hours to become noticeable.
For immediate relief from the bite, you are advised to run it under moderately hot running water for approximately a minute, which will reduce the swelling and take your mind off it.
Bed bug bites are extremely irritating, not only physically but emotionally too. The thought of a parasite considering you as potential prey can be very unnerving, but even worse is the inevitability of your imagination running wild as you imagine millions of these little creatures crawling all over your bed, your body and into every available orifice.
Bedbugs find their prey by sensing heat and they usually crawl towards it, or jump from the ceiling onto the sleeping body below. Bed bugs like to eat every five to ten days. It is rumoured that they can live as long as eighteen months without eating but that’s not gospel and with so many warm blooded people around, it is highly unlikely they’ll really ever fast for that length of time.
It is fairly easy to tell if you have been bitten, the area of the skin that you think has a bite will be irritated and inflamed. The bites will follow a specific pattern and will appear in one of two ways; rounded or irregularly shaped with a seeping puss-like centre, or as a row of raised red bumps running close to the surface of the skin, they are always accompanied by very intense itching.
A bed bug bites its victim by first injecting an anaesthetic into the body, immediately before sucking the blood out. This is a clever tactic because you don’t actually realise you’ve been bitten straight away, due to the fact the anaesthetic effect numbs the pain caused by the drawing of blood.
Although considered a nuisance, most bed bug bites are relatively harmless; it has been recorded however, on very rare occasions an allergic reaction to the bites has caused nausea, sickness and even anaphylactic shock.
To investigate whether you’ve been bitten by a bed bug, you should examine your bed sheets very closely. Although it is believed that bed bugs are too tiny to be noticeable to the naked eye, this is not entirely true. Bed Bug eggs are approximately 1mm in length and are coloured a creamy white tone, which means they can be seen, particularly on darker bed covers.
Baby bed bugs, otherwise known as nymphs, are microscopic and also transparent so indeed, they are pretty much impossible to see, however, as they grow in age, they darken in colour to a reddish brown and they can commonly grow to the size of a lentil or apple seed. This means that adult bed bugs can without doubt be seen by the naked eye, so having an up-close-and-personal examination of your bed sheets may help you identify their presence in the first place.
If you do identify some on your sheets, please don’t panic and immediately vow to burn every bed sheet and mattress in the house, these little mites can easily be gotten rid of in a much less drastic (and expensive) fashion.
If you find you are experiencing any of these symptoms, the first thing you should do is contact a pest control professional to eradicate these unwanted guests. For treatment of the bites, you should take some antihistamine to control the itching and visit your local pharmacy if you want to get a suitable cream to reduce the appearance of the bed bug bite.
Bed Bug Bites and Other Health Risks:
There are some insects and bugs that people have learned to adopt a ‘live and let live’ attitude about. There are few apartment owners in New York City, for example, who don’t occasionally find a cockroach scuttling across their floor. Likewise, homeowners in the northeastern United States often find themselves sharing their home with stink bugs during the winter months.
Bed bug bites are just one of the many health risks these pests can post to humans.
being so small, bed bugs might cause a number of health issues
Bed bugs, however, don’t fit into this category. Because their primary source of food is blood, bed bugs might pose all sorts of health risks that other insects don’t. These are some of the problems bed bugs might cause:
- Bites and welts: Bed bugs feed by piercing the human skin and then injecting it with an anti-coagulant, to keep their food flowing. In most cases, the first sign of a bed bug infestation are red bites and welts on the arms, legs, chest and face. In addition to looking horrible, these bed bug bites are extremely itchy. Worse, repeated bites can cause a painful rash or hives.
- Allergy attacks: Bed bugs can cause all sorts of allergy problems; from breathing issues and asthma attacks to full anaphylactic shock – similar to somebody with an allergy to bee stings getting stung.
- Anemia: Bed bugs drink about 1ml of blood per feeding, which sounds insignificant until you realize that a single person might be serving as a buffet to many bed bugs. In a few isolated cases, involving a severe infestation, people have been drained of enough blood to actually cause anemia and other health complications.
- Bacterial infections: Bed bug bites are extremely itchy, and bites and welts can become infected if they’re scratched too hard. Permanent scarring might also occur.
- Poisoning: Similar to the anemia mentioned above, a rare but serious condition caused by bed bug bites is blood poisoning. Bed bugs inject their anticoagulant proteins before feeding; and in severe infestations, the sheer amount of anticoagulant being injected by the numerous bed bugs can cause poisoning.
- Psychological problems: The phrase ‘making your skin crawl’ might well have been coined to describe the psychological effects of a bed bug infestation. At best, the numerous bites cause poor sleep, which affects people’s ability to work effectively during the daytime. At worst, and reported quite frequently during infestations, is something called ‘Delusional parasitosis.’This is a strong delusional belief that your body is crawling with bed bugs and insects even when there are none present; which can cause anxiety attacks, stress and other serious mental issues.
As you can see, bed bugs could be far from just a harmless nuisance. They’re a possible health risk and need to be dealt with immediately. Fortunately, we offer a number of products at Nature’s Response designed to take care of your problem -including Bed Bug Killer Spray.
One of the numerous advantages of our products, of course, is the fact that they’re 100% natural and 100% organic – protecting you and your family from the harmful synthetic chemicals many exterminators rely on. In addition, we offer a money-back guarantee that our products will eliminate your bed bug problem within 30 days.
Even better, with monthly reapplication Nature’s Response can prevent bed bugs coming back in the future.