A Bed Bug Bite


Basics

A bed bug bite resembles a mosquito bite. You treat bed bugs bites much the same way. If they itch, you can use a topical ointment on them. Otherwise, leave them alone and they will go away in a few days.

Bed bugs feed on the blood of people and animals. They are about a quarter of an inch long and oval shaped. They are tan in color. After a bed bug bite, they take on a reddish color due to the blood they have taken in.



They live in crevices in furniture, such as mattresses and bed frames. Although they are called bed bugs, they can live in other furniture as well. They can also live along your baseboards, or in your carpets. Bed bugs can go for a long time without feeding, so they can live in an empty house or apartment and be there waiting for you when you move in. They are also easy transported between houses, apartments, and hotel rooms in luggage, furnishings, and other belongings.

Prevention

The best way to prevent a bed bug bite, of course, is to make sure you don't have any bed bugs in your house. Check your bed and other furniture periodically for signs of bed bugs. If you get an insect bite that resembles a bed bug bite, that is a sign that you should check your bed and other furniture immediately.

Washing your bedding regularly in hot water and vacuuming regularly will help to prevent bed bugs. Using a plastic cover on your mattress can also help.

Be careful to inspect used furniture before you bring it into your home to make sure it does not harbor any bed bugs. Be especially careful with used mattresses. Preventing bed bugs is easier than getting rid of them.

Treatment

A bed bug bite does not normally require medical treatment. It will go away in a couple of days. You will need to treat bed bugs in your home in order to prevent more bites in the future, of course.

To treat bed bugs, wash all of your bedding in hot water. Water should be at least 120 degrees.

Vacuum everything. Use the brush tool of your vacuum cleaner to vacuum your mattress. Use the crevice tool to vacuum crevices on your mattress and bed frame. Use the crevice tool to do your baseboards, as well. Vacuum any other infested furniture, as well. Throw away the vacuum cleaner bag immediately after vacuuming. After you vacuum, steam clean your carpeting.

Washing your bedding and vacuuming thoroughly will eliminate most of the bed bugs. To make sure you get them all and to prevent them from returning, you will need to use some sort of pesticide or other treatment.

Be careful of commercial pesticides. Many contain potentially harmful ingredients. Avoid products that contain chemicals such as pyrethrins and permethrins, which have been linked to serious health conditions such as liver problems and cancer. You also want to avoid boric acid, since it can also cause serious side effects.

To be safe, you may wish to consider a natural alternative to chemical pesticides. Natural products are safe for both humans and pets, and many are as effective as the traditional chemicals used to treat bed bugs.

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When To See Your Doctor

See a doctor if you have a bed bug bite that does not go away or that appears infected. Ask your doctor the best way to treat bed bugs bites.



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