Small, Bloodsucking Intruders
If you ever experienced waking up with the small but itchy red bumps somewhere on your body, there is a highlikelihood that you have been bitten by bed bugs. These tiny insectsfeed on human and animal blood, capable of infesting your bed orother parts of your dwelling such as chairs and office furniture.Their bites are quite similar to those of mosquitoes, and the latterare usually blamed for a bite that the former had caused. Therefore,it is important and useful to know how to distinguish a bed bug bitefrom all other bites and what to do in order to remedy the woundsthey create on your skin.
Bed Bug Bite Manifestations
While once you are stung by a mosquito,you feel pain and discomfort throughout the whole bloodsuckingexperience, with bed bugs this is not the case. Namely, these smallpests have anesthetics inside of their saliva. Thus, once they biteyou, you will not feel a thing. The symptoms usually strike severalhours after the bite. So, if you did not feel the bite in the firstplace, you might instantly consider bed bugs as the main suspects.Your reaction to their bites may be triggered even one week after thebloodsucking act, the severity of your reaction depending on yourorganism.
Secondly, the bite spot of theseinsects will be more swollen than that of a mosquito. Rashes anditchiness are present as well. Due to the fact that bed bugs flee iftheir victim starts moving, and get back after the danger hasstopped, you will most probably have more bites than one, usuallylined one below the other. Fortunately, even though these tinyvampires are capable of sucking your blood for up to 15 minutes, theydo not transfer any diseases. The worst complication may take placewith people who are allergic to bed bug bites.
First of all, you need to ensure thatyou are not scratching the itchy spot, making things worse.Therefore, it is good to apply some topical creams which calm theirritated spot down and reduce the itchiness. If these are unable tohelp you deal with the bites and if the pain, irritation, itching andall other symptoms start to escalate, seek medical attention as soonas possible.
Good hygiene is the best precaution.Thus, make sure you change your sheets regularly and keep them cleanat all times. Vacuum you dwelling frequently and make sure you do nothave these bugs infesting any parts of it. Bed bugs leave blacktrails around the infestation spots. This may be an excellent clue tolook for, before terminating their existence with a bug spray.