Bedbug Bites


Basics

Bedbug bites resemble mosquito bites. They are small red spots or raised bumps. There are not many bedbug symptoms that you will experience if you have bedbugs. The bedbug bites may be itchy or irritating, just like mosquito bites. The difference is that there will usually be multiple bites in the same area and that they will appear overnight.

Bedbugs are small, wingless insects that live in dark crevices in furniture such as mattresses and bed frames. Despite their name, they can live in other furniture as well. They can also live in baseboards along your wall, or in your carpeting. Like mosquitoes, they feed on the blood of warm-blooded animals like people. They can also feed on pets. Unlike mosquitoes, they can go for a long time without feeding, so they could live in an empty house or apartment for a long time before you even move in.



Many people do not know they have bedbugs until they begin to experience bedbug symptoms. If you have insect bites that resemble bedbug bites, you should examine your mattress and bed frame carefully for bedbugs. Use a flashlight so you can see into all the dark crevices.

Prevention

The way to prevent bedbug bites, of course, is to prevent bedbugs from getting into your house. Anyone can get bedbugs, but there are some steps you can take to help prevent them:

Treatment

Bedbug bites do not usually require any medical treatment. Bedbug symptoms will go away in a few days by themselves. Of course, new bites will continue to occur until the infestation in your house is treated.

If you develop bedbug symptoms and discover that you do indeed have bedbugs, launder all bedding and vacuum as described above. Don't forget to search areas around your bed and other areas of your home as well.

You will need to treat all infected areas of your home with some sort of pesticide or other treatment. When deciding what sort of treatment to use, look at the ingredients carefully to make sure they are safe for you and for animals if you have pets. Many commonly used products are not really safe for people and pets. If you have to wear gloves and a face mask when using the product, it is not something you want to have in or near your bed!

Avoid products that contain permethrins and pyrethrins, which can cause severe skin irritation, redness, and swelling. Long-term exposure is believed by some to cause liver problems or even cancer. Also avoid boric acid, which is not as effective as other products and is harmful if breathed in. It can cause nausea and vomiting, and prolonged exposure has been linked to kidney damage.

For maximum safety, consider an all-natural product. These products are safe to use for people and pets, and many are as effective as chemical products.

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When To See Your Doctor

Bedbug bites usually clear up on their own. If your bedbug symptoms persist, see your doctor.



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