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Have a Good Night’s Sleep—Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!

Updated on November 8, 2009

Bed Bugs

Bed Bugs

Remember your mother tucking you in bed and saying, “Don’t let the bed bug bites!”, before she turned off your night light? You probably thought she was kidding. Well, she wasn’t kidding. Those small, swollen and hard welts on your skin and are being accompanied by severe itching are some major indications that you might have been bitten by bed bugs.

The itching and swelling may last for a couple of hours, or it may get longer (say, 5-7 days). Although these bed bug bites are quite harmless, it will still cause some inconvenience on your part. So if you do not want to experience all these—then don’t let the bed bugs bite.

If you are interested in knowing about bed bugs, then read on. Generally, bed bugs are small wingless insects that are usually reddish brown or brown in color. Bed bugs once lived in caves and suck the blood of bats and your prehistoric ancestors. When the primitive people left the caves, so did they. They sneak in to the tiniest crust. They use heat sensors to detect the juiciest place to drill for plasma.

Bed bugs live by sucking on the blood of warm-blooded mammals. They do this using their four-segmented antennae that can be seen attached between their prominent compound eyes and head. These blood-sucking parasites pierce your skin with their elongated beak. Once they get a hole, they feed themselves by sucking your blood. It may take about 5-10 minutes before they withdraw from your skin. Don’t let the bed bugs bite you, or you will suffer skin rashes with inflammations.

A typical bed bug is made up of an oval flattened body from top to bottom, with a crinkly, papery, and flimsy appearance. They also measure about ¼ to 3/8 inches long if unfed. However, their size may increase if they have recently fed on a blood meal. The colors of bed bugs may also change from brown to dull red if they are full. These wingless pests are also known as house bugs, mahogany flats, red coats, wall lice, crimson ramblers, and chinches to name a few.

You can usually find bed bugs seeking shelter in crevices in bedsteads, bird nests in the eaves, roof, seams, bed covers, folds of mattresses, or tufts. But do you know what? These wingless creatures can also be found on areas where you least suspect it—old and unused stoves, behind wall pictures and wall paper, floor cracks and even under the carpets.

While you are sleeping, this is the best time for them to strike. They know where you are because they can sense the carbon dioxide you exhale. And you got something they want. So, don’t let the bed bugs bite—exterminate them at once! You can do this by relentlessly vacuuming your place. Dry cleaning your throw rugs, clothes, bed spreads and anything moveable in very hot water can also help exterminate those pesky bed bugs. So, are you ready to get rid of them? Work at it now—and have a good night’s sleep.

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