How do you treat bed bug bites?
Insects that feed on your blood are the worst. They can cause skin irritation, annoyance, and – in some cases – severe allergic reactions or even infection. Experiencing a bed bug infestation will always lead to certain household members getting bitten.
Even though the bites typically aren’t dangerous, there are certain situations where they could be damaging to your health (not to mention stressful). Luckily, treating bed bug bites is often a simple process, so we’re going to explain what to do and then help you out with some warning signs and prevention tips.
The Dangers of Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs aren’t typically known for carrying disease, which is especially good since they’re interacting with your blood. That being said, they can definitely be an annoyance and a potential danger to anyone they feed on.
Here are the primary concerns of bed bugs feeding on us while we sleep:
- Itching — While itching may not seem like a big deal, it can be extremely aggravating. This can be especially bad for children and pets because they may scratch their skin raw and cause permanent damage.
- Allergic Reactions — Millions of people across the country suffer from sensitive skin and allergies. An allergic reaction from a bed bug bite can actually be very severe and intense.
- Infections — In some situations, bed bug bites can lead to a skin infection. Although this is typically rare, related health dangers can be quite alarming.
How to Treat Bed Bug Bites
The effects of a bed bug bite – as long as they’re not too severe – will often disappear in approximately a week or maybe a week and a half on their own, but there are certain times when you’ll need to treat the problem. The good news is treating bed bug bites is usually a very simple process.
Depending on your specific situation, you can follow one of these remedies:
- Itching — In most cases, applying a corticosteroid to the bites or taking oral antihistamines will alleviate the itching common with bed bug bites. If you have sensitive skin, then you might want to see a dermatologist to determine which is best for you.
- Allergic Reactions — If you experience a severe allergic reaction such as swollen skin or hives, then you should go see your doctor as soon as you can. Depending on the severity and your medical history, he or she may prescribe an injection of either an antihistamine, corticosteroid, or epinephrine for relief.
- Infections — With a mild infection, your dermatologist may suggest an antiseptic medication that doesn’t require a prescription. In more serious cases, you may be prescribed an antibiotic to counteract any symptoms and prevent the infection from getting worse.
Warning Signs of Bed Bugs
If you discover that your home has bed bugs, you’ll want to call a professional pest control company right away. They’ll inspect your home and then devise a game plan if any of the blood-sucking creatures are discovered.
Here are some of the signs of bed bugs that you can watch out for:
- Itchy Bites — What we’ve been talking about here is often the first sign that you’ll notice. If you wake up with red, itchy bites on your skin, then bed bugs might be the culprit.
- Exoskeletons — As bed bugs feast on your blood and go through their lifecycle, they will shed their skin. You may notice these small exoskeletons in your furniture.
- Red Stains — It’s somewhat common for bed bugs to drop a little blood onto your sheet as they feed. This may also happen if you roll over and squeeze one while you’re sleeping.
- Brown Stains — Like other pests, bed bugs will often leave behind visual fecal stains. These are typically brown or rust-colored.
- Musty Odor — During a bed bug infestation, you may experience a musty odor in the room. When it gets bad enough, this can smell like wet laundry.
How to Prevent Bed Bugs from Entering Your Home
Being aware of the warning signs of bed bugs can help prevent an infestation, but you should always try to avoid having an issue in the first place. While these pests are definitely a concern, bed bug control simply takes a bit of due diligence.
Here are a few techniques that will help you prevent bed bugs from getting into your home:
- Mattress Covers — One of the most effective techniques to stay safe from bed bugs is to use a plastic mattress cover. While they may still get in your bed frame, this can help stop them from spreading and getting into contact with you.
- Inspect Your Bed — It should go without saying that inspecting your bed on a regular basis will help prevent bed bugs. You should also check other furniture, electrical outlets, and other small areas.
- Wash in Hot Water — Bed bugs can’t survive in high temperatures, which is why a professional heat treatment is so effective. Always washing your sheets in hot water is a great way to kill any of them that might be hanging around.
- Inspect Furniture — Purchasing second-hand furniture will help you save money, but don’t bring it into your home without inspecting it. Even if the owners of the furniture say there are no bed bugs, don’t leave anything to chance.
- Check Hotel Rooms — If you travel, make sure that you thoroughly inspect your hotel room when you arrive. Even the cleanest hotels have been known to get bed bugs because of the constant switching-out of guests.
- Respond Quickly — If you notice any signs of bed bugs, call a professional pest control company right away. The more quickly you can initiate a bed bug heat treatment, the less headache you’ll experience.
Contact ProHealth Pest Control for Help Treating Bed Bugs
Treating bed bug bites starts with diligence and fast action. ProHealth Pest Control can help you get rid of bed bugs, cockroaches, mice, rats, ants, wasps, and any other pests in your home. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, reach out by calling (727) 310-0521 today.