In many cases, there are ways that you can help minimize the risk of catching bed bugs. Even when you’re in high-risk environments. However, there are other cases that are beyond your control. We’ll look at both of these situations below.
One of the most common ways that bed bug infestations occur is when bed bugs are brought back to residential areas in luggage. Some places are more likely to have bed bugs naturally such as summer cabins and other places in the woods. So it’s easy to accidentally pick them up and take them home with you.
Another way that bed bugs can affect you is if you are living in a residential area with many inhabitants.Such as an apartment complex or a dormitory. Unfortunately, because bed bugs can spread so easily once they find a suitable habitat. If one living quarter is infected, it’s pretty much a sure-fire thing that the rest of the complex will be infected, too. This leads to a serious bed bug infestation that can only be treated by a licensed professional who tackles every area of the bed bug infestation at once.
Where do bed bugs come from?
Bed bugs come from natural environments such as camps, woods, and other outdoorsy areas. When you travel to these areas with your luggage or your pets, you may unknowingly pick up a few bed bug travelers and take them home with you.
They can also come from another person’s house, or even your neighbor, so you should be careful if you have heard that anyone in your area has had a recent infestation of bed bugs.
Can you see bed bugs?
Yes, and no. This answer is a little more complicated because there are ways you can see bed bugs, but they are often too small to see. Not only do they like to hide, but they can be very tiny as well, often requiring the use of a magnifying glass to see. While they can grow bigger after feeding, they are difficult to see before feeding. This means that you should take special care when inspecting your home for bed bugs because they are not always visible to the naked eye. Ensuring that you have magnifying equipment can make the task of detecting bed bugs much easier and much more manageable.
How do I that I Have a Bed Bug Infestation?
- One of the signs of a bed bug infestation is that you will notice quite a number of molted bed bug skins laying around your house. Yikes. If that sounds nasty, it’s because it is.
- If you’ve noticed tiny black fecal spots (yes, we’re talking about poo) around the house, chances are you might have bed bugs. Though these spots are small, they are not hard to notice (it is feces, after all). Despite this, these black dots can be left by any number of bugs, including roaches, so you cannot take them as a definitive sign that you have bed bugs (though you should probably be calling an exterminator, anyway).
- Another way to check for a bed bug infestation is to look for tiny blood spots around the house.
- If you have seen bed bugs, either alive or decaying (yes, decaying). It’s probably a good sign that they have invaded your place of habitation and are slowly taking over. You should take this as a sign that you need act immediately to remove the bed bugs from your house. Bed bugs are a serious problem, and you should deal with them immediately.
- If you have itchy or swollen bites, it might not mean that you have a bed bug infestation. On the other hand, if you start breaking out in bites all over. You might want to see if your house displays any of these other bed bug symptoms.
- If you’ve been noticing a sweet, musty smell emanate from your bed, it could mean one of two things or both:
- It’s time to change your sheets.
- You have a bed bug infestation (which means it’s time to change your sheets).
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Though most insect bites appear similar to an untrained eye. There are some distinct characteristics of a bed bug bite that one should look out for. Especially if their house is showing signs of an infestation.
Like most insect bites, most bed bug bites are itchy and red. The bites are generally clustered or in a straight line. Oftentimes along the edge of where clothing sleeves or where the sheets were pulled up to a person’s skin.
This is a creepy thought, and if your bites appear to be clustered in that way. You should check for bed bugs immediately.
If you are like most people, your bumps will be small, swollen, and red. However, if you belong to a more unfortunate class of people, you might develop large, itchy red welts on your skin after a bed bug bite. Either way, both are signs that there is some type of bed bug infestation that needs to be checked out and solved pronto.
It is worth noting that bed bug bites appear similar in many ways to flea bites. The crucial difference is that the red area in a flea bite does not occur in the center of the bite. If your bite’s red area is not located in the center. It’s a sign that you have been bitten by a bed bug. Especially if your bite’s location and other factors align with the above information.
In any case, if you have any bites that display the symptoms shown above. You should check for bed bugs immediately. You seriously want to avoid being around bed bugs for a long period of time.Also want to make sure that other members of your household are free from their clutches as well.
There are various myths surround what beg bugs really are. Because most people don’t have direct exposure or first-hand experience with bed bugs, these myths largely go unchallenged. This can make a bed bug infestation more frightening and exacerbate the problem by providing undue stress and anxiety. In order to dispel these myths and bring comfort to those suffering from a bed bug problem. Ultimately, bed bugs are not the creatures of horror that we may think them to be. As they pose little-to-no threat to most humans. However, the feelings of unease they give us and the itch of their bites. It makes having a bed bug infestation hard to handle. However, by understanding what bed bugs are and how they operate. There are home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs and reclaim your home’s comfortable atmosphere.