Bedbugs are extremely irritating small, oval insects. The color is brownish. They solely live on animal or human blood. Their bites are itchy and irritating, can cause allergic reaction as well. living with bed bugs isn’t healthy and you should keep your home off of bedbugs. So how to get rid of bed bugs? Let’s find out.
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What do bedbugs look like?
Adult bedbugs are the size of an apple seed. Their body is flat. If you see a swollen, reddish bodied bedbug it may mean the tiny little sucker might have been feeding on your blood.
Bedbugs can’t fly however they are very fast moving insects. They move pretty quickly over walls, ceilings, floors and in between furniture. Female bedbug lays hundreds of eggs small eggs that are hard to see, almost the size of a speck of dust.
Before reaching maturity, the bedbugs shed their skin five times. They require a meal of blood each time before they shed their skin. The bugs can grow into a mature bedbug in as little as under a month. Bedbugs produce at least three generations every year.
Bedbugs aren’t known to transmit disease. But their bite is fairly irritating. To learn more, read this guide on Wikipedia.
Where do bed bugs come from?
Bedbugs may enter your home through luggage, the cloths you wearing, used beds and couches etc. They easily fit into tiny places. They can come running from your neighbors as well. Since they are flat bodied, this makes them possible to fit into small spaces.
They can hide in your pocket virtually undetected. They tend to live in groups, usually in hidden places.
How do you get bed bugs?
Once they are in your home they initially hide into mattresses, bed frames and anywhere dark and cold. Mattresses are their favorite place to live. They may as well spread into another bedroom or nearby rooms. They may even spread into apartments as well.
Having bedbugs in your home isn’t a sign of dirtiness. They solely live on blood so they will hunt you down and start living in your rooms.
What do bedbug bites look like
Bedbug bites are painless initially. You may not feel anything but later they will become red, swollen and itchy. Bedbug bites any area of the skin they can get in contact with. Unlike flea bites, bedbug bites do not have any red spot in the center.
Bed bugs symptoms
Woke up with itchy areas that you’re sure you didn’t have before going to bed? This is a surefire sign of bedbugs. If you’re in a hotel room or anywhere where there are used furniture you may have bedbugs around you. Sometimes bedbug bites may not itch before several hours. But if you have red swollen spots that itch, it’s another sign bedbugs have bitten you.
Here are a few more bedbug bite symptoms:
- Any blood stains on your bedsheets?
- Bedbug fecal spots, skin shells or egg shells under the furniture or anywhere they can hide.
- Musty odor from the scent glands of bedbugs.
- Dark and rusty spots of bedbug excrement on sheets and mattresses.
Now lets find out how to get rid of bed bugs.
How to get rid of bed bugs
Once you’re sure there are bedbugs around, remove all bedding and check them carefully. Check underneath the dust cover of the box springs and check in the wood framing. Check areas under the bed. Check under the sofas, couches or anywhere there are mattresses and foams involved. Check underneath the carpet. Check your closet.
- If you find signs of infestation start taking steps to get rid of them.
- Clean bed, linens, carpet, curtains and cloths using hot water. If you’re drying them with a dryer, make sure that it is set on the highest settings. Dry them for at least 30 minutes on highest possible settings.
- Or you can dry them under the sun just fine.
- Clean up any clutter or mess around the bed.
- Replace old rusty foam sheets and matteresses.
- Scrub your mattress using a stiff brush before you vacuum
- Keep your bed and surrounding area every 2-1 days. If you use a vacuum cleaner, place the vacuum cleaner bag in a plastic bag take it outside, empty the content outside and use anti pest aerosol spray to kill the bedbugs.
- Get a tight woven zippered cover for your mattresses so bed bugs can’t enter or exit in the mattress. Bedbugs have a long life time and can live up to a year without feeding. Keep the cover on for over an year at least so the bedbugs die inside.
If you suspect your mattresses are infested beyond treatment you may as well want to get rid of it and get a new mattress. Keep an eye on the other mattresses as they may be infected as well which is highly likely.
When cleaning infested areas where you suspect bedbugs will be, always remember to use chemical treatments that are safe to use. People often on use chemicals not reading the labels, so read the labels before you purchase the chemical.
It’s always a better idea to hire professional pest control services since they can do the job better.
How to treat bed bug bites
Bedbug bites can be itchy and annoying as hell. Let me give you some tips on how to treat bed bug bites real quick.
Wash the area with water. Use soap and clean thoroughly. You can use natural solutions like lemon juice and aloe vera jel to stop itching. You may use 1% hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion as well.
If your skin starts to swell more than usual you may consider taking antihistamines. We do suggest you talk to your general physician first before taking any medication.