Bed Bugs are gross parasites and just saying the word bed bugs makes many people itch. As gross as bed bugs may be in the recent years they are making a resurgence, so understanding all the facts you can about them might help you better protect yourself or your family. The National Pest Management Association had the following 10 facts to help you better understand bed bugs, and how they affect your health.
- Bed bugs are attracted by warmth and carbon dioxide so this of course makes humans a magnet for bedbugs. Bed bugs are not nocturnal they are most active during the night, because that is the time that humans are most susceptible.
- Even if you cannot see the bed bugs that doesn’t mean that they are not infesting your home or property. Bed bugs are extremely hard to see and love to hide in cracks and crevices around the bed area, but can be found almost anywhere in the home. Bed bugs are rarely seen out in the open only in the case of extreme infestations, so be aware and vigilant.
- The shape of a bed bug is flat and oval, while the color is a reddish brown color all the way to dark brown almost black. They are about the size of an apple seed or 5-7mm but once they feed they engorge themselves with blood they are little larger. Once the bed bugs have feed they also become even redder in color.
- Bed bugs bites are usually painless and go undetected because the bed bugs use a special chemical to help aid them on feeding on you. This is required for the bed bug to feed effectively because they generally required between 5-10 minutes to become fully fed.
- Bed bugs sometimes look similar to other species of insects; one of the biggest clues that can tell you that your dealing with bed bugs are red itchy bites noticed right when you wake up. If the bites are lined up in a row on your skin that is indicative of bed bugs feeding. Bed Bug reactions differ from person to person so if you’re concerned you have bed bugs contact a professional.
- Bed bug bites take on average 3 to 6 weeks to heal and if the bed bug infestation has not been dealt with the person will continue to receive bites, which can be extremely unpleasant.
- Bed bug bites do not typically required medical treatment but always required pest control treatment. The worst part about bed bug bites is the non-stop itching, also many people get infections from scratching the bites. If the bites become infected this is where more severe problems may arise with a person’s health so take care of your bed bug bites.
- One advantage with bed bugs is unlike other blood sucking parasites they are not known to transmit diseases to humans. That does not mean that you are completely safe there are some pathogens that have been detected in bed bugs including hepatitis B, and exotic organisms such as Trypanosoma Cruzi.
- Bed bugs do not transmit MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) infections as previously thought. The only way to get MRSA with bed bug bites is if your scratch your bite, and receive an secondary infection in which you get MRSA.
- People have been known to experience anxiety, unease, or sleeplessness from having bed bugs in their beds. As one might understand bed bugs cause significant psychological stress on a person experiencing an infestation. That is why it is always important if you find a bed bug infestation call a licensed professional like Johnny B’s Pest Control.
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