What are the signs and symptoms of having bed bugs…
You’re getting bite, you not quite sure what it is? But it seems to be following you where ever you go. Maybe in the car, perhaps the couch, Did you get bite while sitting on the couch or laying in the bed. Alright then, you might have bed bugs! Yikes!! So what do you do? What are the signs are bed bug signs and symptoms?
Bed Bug Signs And Symptoms
#1 Bed Bugs In Furniture
Most likely if you getting bite on any type of furniture it could be bed bugs! Bed bugs can be found deep in couch cushions along the seams, underneath the couches, and anywhere they can hide well. Bed bugs can also be camping out on your bed hiding along the seams, they can also be on the headboard of the beds or the walls near the bed. They can be found hiding in dressers, tables, and chairs anywhere they can get to you for feeding time.
Note: Do you know your purses, wallets, suitcases, and book bags can have bed bugs? They may use these items to travel. They can hide in your clothing and even in your socks and shoes. As well as in vehicles, buses, planes, and trains. Bed bugs can be in second-hand furniture, before purchasing check for signs and symptoms of bed bugs.
#2 Signs Of Bed Bug Bites
A bed bug bite resembles a mosquito bite. The bumps are often raised, red and itchy, sometimes appearing in a line of three bites not far from each other known as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some people even won’t realize they were bitten, they will have no reaction to a bed bug bite while others will have a severe reaction sometimes resulting in allergic reaction such as redness, swelling, intense itching, blisters, and hives. You can be bite in places such as your face, neck, shoulders, arms, chest and your side, buttocks, legs, and feet. Usually they are aiming for exposed skin and the best spot to get there meal while others just take a quick bite out of you before scurrying away.
Note: If you are itchy at times while laying down or sitting on you furniture where ever you may be, but do not see any bumps or bite marks on skin do not rule out bed bugs. Still check your furniture and anywhere you think bed bugs are hiding. They mostly are not too far from where they could reach you.
#3 Bed Bug Feces & Blood Stains
If you look along the seams of your mattresses and you see darkish brown spots around along with reddish bloodstains then most likely there is a good chance bed bug or bed bugs can be lurking around. They can leave stains as they are scurrying away from your body back to there hiding places. Bloodstains may be on your sheets or pillowcases. If you a light sleeper you might roll over crushing them in between the sheets and you body leaving bloodstains as you move around.
Bed Bug Info
Bed bugs were very prevalent before the 20th century. In between the 1930s and 1940s many areas had bed bugs. The United States military bases were heavily affected by bed bugs during World War II. The problem was later solved by using DDT. DDT was used to manage body lice, bubonic plague, typhus and to control malaria. It’s still being used today in Africa, South America and Asia for those reasons.
DDT was used to treat first synthesized in 1874 by Othmar Zeidler, an Austrian chemist. DDT is an organochlorine insecticide. It was used a common way to get rid of insects in the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) canceled the use of DDT in 1972 because of its toxicity to mammals and humans. Also, because of its adverse health effects on wildlife. Some insects developing a resistance against it include most bed bugs. Bed bugs since then have developed a resistance to many insecticides.
Since, the 1990s there have been an enormous increase in the bed bug population. There are effective ways to treat bed bugs but there is nothing currently out that can get rid of majority of them. Heat ranging from 118 Fahrenheit to 122 Fahrenheit in a home or building for an hour in a half seems to kill them off. But many people can not afford such a costly method. Freezing temperatures 0 degrees F and even colder kills them but that method really would not work for dealing with an entire infestation, for you only placing some items in the freezer temperatures would have to be at 00F or below for 4 days to kill the bed bugs.
Note: Some electronics might get damaged in the freezer. If using heat to kill bed bugs it’s much safer and better to have a professional treat homes or buildings. If you would like to use heat to kill bed bugs try using a steamer or bed bug portable heat chamber. It’s important to know that when treating bed bugs alone using DIY techniques you may ruin you furniture of other items treated.
Bed bug sizes can range from 1 mm to 7 mm they are flat and oval-shaped. An adult female can lay up to over 200 eggs within a lifetime. Laying about 1 to 7 eggs a day, and between 6 to 10 days, the eggs will hatch. Each bed bug nymph will require a blood meal in order to involve into 7 stages. They are bloodsuckers that can pierce into the skin to start drinking their meal. With there saliva, they inject anticoagulants (blood thinner), along with pain killers
Bed bugs can live for 6 months to a year without having to feed and there a part of the family Cimicidae species known as blood-sucking insects. Out of the Cimex species, there are two-bed bug types one is the (Cimex lectularius) the common bed bug and the other is the (Cimex hemipterus) that reside primarily in the tropical.