Following bad experiences with them as a soldier, I have decided to write about how to protect yourself from bed bugs at night
The bed bugs are pesky insects that just love feasting on human blood, so they are commonly met in the bedroom, hiding in our mattresses and bed sheets.
They wait for us to get into bed and drift to sleep so they can start feeding, pretty much as mosquitoes do.
But, in comparison to mosquitoes, bed bugs are not known to carry any diseases or pathogens.
Still, their bite can cause nasty skin rashes and even allergies, which explains why no one wishes to have them around. Thus, in the following lines, we are going to talk about how to protect yourself from bed bugs at night.
If you woke up in the morning with a strange set of skin eruptions, there are high chances that some bed bugs decided to spend the night over at your place.
Of course, you will need to find evidence that there are indeed bed bugs and that you’re not having a different kind of skin rash or eruptions, caused by something else.
So, you will need to start looking for the insects in order to confirm.
Bed bugs don’t fly and can’t jump, as fleas do, so it will be not too hard to find them if you look in the right place.
They love to hide in any kind of fabrics, so start looking in your bed sheets and continue to your bed frames, box springs, and mattress.
They also like seeking refuge in upholstered furniture items, so they are worth being inspected as well.
Bed bugs are more active at night, enjoying their meal around 4 a.m. Thus, in case you can’t find them during the day, keeping an eye for them at night may work better.
When it comes to their body shape, they look a bit like ticks, although they are smaller.
They have a brownish-red color and a head shaped like a pyramid.
A bed infested by bed bugs can also show signs of bug excrements and even small blood specks, a sign that the bugs were feeding on human blood.
What is the reason for the increase in bed bugs?
In recent years, there has been a steady rise with this annoying problem of bed bugs from a combination of several factors:
- Air transportation in the world has become accessible and the bedbug goes through with tourists from place to place, from hotel to hotel, from apartment to apartment.
- The use of bait for cockroaches and ants has become widespread but has no effect on the bedbug that feeds on blood.
- Due to the extensive use of Perteroids, a resistant has been developed in a few countries.
- The removal of toxic pesticides that were previously effective for the treatment of flea.
- Lack of public knowledge about bed bugs, means of prevention, methods of treatment and pest control.
When they feed, the beg bugs are quite effective as they manage to bite in a way that won’t take us up during the night. But, in the morning, we will have some itchy and bothering red bumps on our skin, usually on our arms, neck, face, and hands.
Still, bed bugs can bite any part of the body so you may find these itchy red bumps elsewhere as well, like your torso or legs.
What to do in case you notice red swollen and itchy bumps? Well, if you found evidence that bed bugs caused them, do know that there’s nothing more you can do than to use antihistaminic pills and steroid creams in case the itchiness gets rather bad.
Cool compresses applied on the itchy skin can also help.
So, unless you scratch a lot and create an infection by damaging and breaking the skin, a case in which you may require antibiotics, nothing bad will happen if you’ve been bitten by a bed bug.
Still, you may want to know how to get rid of them and avoid suffering their itchy bites.
How to tell if you have a bed bug problem?
As mentioned before, start looking for signs, which can be, besides the actual insect, traces of bug excrements, bug eggs, and shed bug skins.
Besides checking the bed, you should also search your bedroom’s curtains, frames with pictures, wallpapers, clothing items, and other furniture pieces, as they love hiding in crevices.
It is also worth mentioning that beg bugs can be found in hotels, so if you’ve visited one recently, there are changes that you brought home some bed bugs in your luggage, hidden between your clothes.
Still, even if you see traces of bugs, seeing the real insects will confirm a real infestation.
If you do have bed bugs in the house, how is it possible to get rid of them?
Because they are so small and because they are capable of surviving up to one year without feeding, making them gone for good can be a rather tricky business.
While you can keep bugs in control with the help of sprays, aerosols, and dust containing insecticides, you may use the professional help of a pest control company.
They are more experienced when looking for bed bugs and will be able to clean your home more effectively.
Also, they will be able to tell you if your bed mattress is completely compromised, and must be thrown away and replaced, or if it can be cleaned.
But, unfortunately, beds cannot be treated with insecticides, as they are toxic substances, so they will the most often recommendation is to replace the mattress, even the bed.
Still, in some cases, if the bed is dismantled and thoroughly cleaned, with powerful substances and vacuum cleaner, there’s a chance to keep the bed.
If you have to throw away your mattress, it would be great to wrap it in plastic bags so that any remaining insects or eggs will be spread around the house.
How do you get rid of the bed bug without extermination?
If you decided to get rid of the bed bug without extermination and to try first yourself, you can take out all your bedding and clothes, put them in a dryer at 70 degrees, and hope it works.
Another option, though less preferable, is to replace the bed itself, which is probably infected with bed bugs.
How to protect yourself from bed bugs at night?
In order to avoid getting bitten by bed bugs at night, you should avoid the infested area until it is well-cleaned, usually by a pest control company.
It may also be helpful to use special mattress cases for bed bug prevention, which will keep the bugs from populating your bed’s mattress.
Using an insect repellant will not help, so it is no good to use one before going to bed.
In order to avoid being bitten at a hotel, check the hotel room for the previously mentioned bed bug signs.
Also, keep your luggage away from the bed, closed well, so that bedbugs won’t have access to the clothes you have inside the luggage.
Once you arrive home, check your luggage well and wash all the clothes that have been inside it.
It is important to know that bed bugs don’t die when washing your clothes, not even if you wash them at high temperatures.
However, drying your clothes at high temperatures will definitely help you get rid of any bed bugs.
The reason that it is so hard to get rid of the bed bugs is that it is not only very small and therefore hard to see, but that on the day he hides, and besides the bed, he hides almost everywhere in the room-in the electrical outlets, the clothes, the sofas, and the closets.
But wait, there’s more. Bedbugs can live for many months and even a year without your blood! This means that if you were stung by the bed bug but thought you were rid of it afterward, do not be so sure, it may be just waiting for you in one corner of the mattress to go out again one night.
And if that is not enough, it is important to note that some pesticides do affect the bed bugs, but not its eggs.
In the course of her life, the female will lay 300 eggs, and you have a problem that is hard to get rid of.
Therefore, the best way to get rid of them is with a professional exterminator as they require a special treatment.
It is important to note that bedbugs are not dangerous and do not transmit diseases.
I hope that I helped you to understand how to protect yourself from bed bugs at night.
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