Even though bed bugs cannot cause any disease like the other insects such as fly and mosquito but we cannot under estimate bed bugs bites. Itching that comes from the bites of bed bugs can be so bad that some people will scratch to cause breaks in the skin that get infected easily. Then, if one bed bug fed on a bat or the other animal prior to feeding on a human, it can carry diseases such as MRSA or antibiotic-resisting bacteria. Even according to laboratory testing, bed bugs can carry the agents of anthrax, yellow fever, plague and typhus.
The existence of bed bugs can be identified by blood spots that you can find on one’s sheets. Then, bites also can be an indication that there are bed bugs in your house. Bites of bed bugs are usually found on the parts of the body which are more likely to be exposed to bed bugs during sleep such as face, neck, hands, legs, shoulders and arms. Bed bugs are often grouped together in a small area and sometimes they can happen in a line or zigzag pattern. Bites of bed bugs usually look like small, flat, or raised areas which may become inflamed, itchy, red or blistered. But, the reactions of bed bug bites do not always come up soon after you are bitten. It can take some days to start causing symptoms. But you have to know that not everyone reacts to bed bug bites in the same manner.
The size of bed bug bites are different depending on a number of different factors. Bed bugs inject an anticoagulant along with their saliva when they pierce the skin to get a blood meal. The function of anticoagulant is for how a person reacts to the bite and determines the size of the bug’s bite. Because people will have different sensitivities to the bed bug’s bite, the size of the bite will vary, too. Another factor which influence the size of a bed bug reaction is the number of times a person is bitten. Bite reactions of people bitten many times are variable as well and their response may be more or less intense as the number of bites increases.
If you find that you have been bitten by bed bugs, you can wash the affected area with warm soap and water. It is better if you have diluted enzyme cleaner on hand and it is more preferable to wash the bite with it. Then, you can apply calamine lotion or bentonite clay to the area to help stop the itching. Furthermore, you can take over the counter antihistamines as needed. Then, if you experience a severe rash or welt that is accompanied by tightness in the chest of difficulty breathing, you can consult your physician soon. A doctor can prescribe epinephrine or antibiotics to get rid of the allergic reaction.
So, now if you find that there are bed bugs in your home, do not be panic. You can kill them by the spray, rubbing alcohol or the other bed bugs killer that you can get from supermarket. Then, you have to keep the cleanliness always and check periodically whether you have bed bugs or not in the crack of your bed, couches and the other furniture.