Bed bugs are tiny, parasitic insects that feed and survive on human blood. Bed bugs are a fairly common nuisance, and can spread diseases with their bites. The following are some of the ways to identify a bed bug bite, and ways to deal with the pest problem.
Identifying and Treating a Bed Bug Bite
Bed bugs will bite anywhere on your body where there is skin, typically the exposed areas while you’re sleeping. Almost all bites from a bed bug will produce some degree of discomfort, such as irritation and itchiness. There are several symptoms associated with bed bug bites such as a burning sensation, raised itchy bumps, hives, blisters and inflammation. The pattern of the bites will often be in a line or zig-zag formation. You may also find spots of dried blood on your skin or sheets from the bites. There is also an increased risk of infection due to the damage to the skin. More severe reactions to a bed bug bite that may require medical attention can occur such as difficulty breathing, fever, nausea and irregular heartbeat. To treat a bed bug bite, start cleaning the wounded area with soap and water to disinfect it. To relieve the minor symptoms like itching use anti-itch creams, antihistamines and hydrocortisone.
Preventing a Bed Bug Infestation
Preventing a bed bug infestation is a much easier task than dealing with one, and there are several ways that you can do this. Vacuum your carpets and rugs often, and keep the area near where you sleep clear of clutter. Encase your mattresses and box springs with bed covers that have zippers. Avoid purchasing and bringing any used furniture into your home or business, as these could be infested with bed bugs. If you do purchase used furniture, make sure you conduct a thorough inspection first.
Contact Germantown Pest Control
If you live in Memphis, Olive Branch or the surrounding areas in Tennessee and Mississippi and you suspect your home or business is infested with bed bugs, contact Germantown Pest Control. Our technicians are thorough and state certified, and will complete the job in a timely manner. We also offer services to deal with termites, wildlife, rodents and more pests that will look to infest your home or business. Call Germantown to set up an appointment.