- First Aid
Bed Bug Bites
Bed Bug Bites
You might not have seen the bed bug that bit you because they're such tiny insects. Very annoying insects!! They can be found in all sorts of places in your home. Generally, they like to live in the folds of fabric so your mattress is a prime target.When they bite you, the bites can manifest themselves in various ways.
Some people are lucky and do not react to bed bug bites at all so that they don’t show any signs of having been bitten. Others are less lucky and may have red raised bumps. For some people, these bumps can be very swollen. This is because they are allergic to the numbing agent that bed bugs inject into you to make sure you don’t disturb their feeding session. These bumps can also be itchy for some people and painful for others.
Even doctors have trouble telling whether a bite is from a bed bug or another insect because of their similarities to other insect bites.There are however two possible ways to telling whether a bite is from a bed bug or not. However, this does not always lead to the correct answer. Bed bug bites often come in a row of threes. This trio of bites is sometimes known as the "breakfast, lunch, dinner" bite. Bed bug bites also usually have two puncture holes in them because they make one puncture to give you the numbing agent so that you don't wake up when they're feeding and another puncture to draw up your blood.
There’s not much that you can do after getting the bites to alleviate your suffering.If the bite itches, try putting a hydrocortisone or calamine lotion on it. It should help to soothe the discomfort.There are also home remedies that you can try out. Pastes made from baking soda and water or oatmeal and water can stop the itching. It's good to try to not itch the bites too much as you can cause infections if you break the skin with your scratching. If you want to get to the root cause of the problem, though, then you need to tackle the issue of the bed bugs that are causing the bites.
One of the most successful do-it-yourself methods is the dry steamer, which acts like a more streamlined big hair dryer.Bed bugs do not like heat. So dry steamers kill bed bugs by heating them up. Generally, heat above 120F will kill them. However, these can be a bit pricey ($300 and over). There are other cheaper methods of exterminating bed bugs, and these include simply washing and drying your clothes and sheets on the hottest temperature setting. Rubbing alcohol and diatomaceous earth have also been suggested as things that could help in killing bed bugs. However, perhaps the easiest and the best way is to hire a very good exterminator. Be wary when hiring an exterminator. Always ask for a quote and for what services the quote includes before hiring them. Also ask what methods of extermination they plan to use.