Bed bugs can give you an unpleasant awakening
Bed bugs are on the rise in the USA
Bed bugs are nocturnal parasites that feed on blood of humans and animals. Bed bugs are shaped like flat ovals, about 1-7mm long and as flat as a credit card – which makes it easy for them to squeeze into very small spaces. They live in large groups in hidden spaces, such as folds or crevices of mattresses and box springs: all within close range of humans or animals to feed on.
A female bed bug can lay up to 500 eggs in her lifetime, which can lead to large infestations. Bed bug infestations are not signs of poor sanitation or cleanliness as they don’t feed on anything but blood.
Bed bugs are prevalent all over the U.S. and infestations are on the rise. A survey of U.S. Pest Management professionals conducted in 2015 by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and the University of Kentucky showed that 99% of respondents encountered bed bug infestations in the past year – compared to only 11% 10 years ago.*
Websites like bedbugreports.com and bedbugregistry.com provide a platform for travelers to report bed bug encounters, and to check hotels for bed bug complaints before booking a room.
Bed bugs bite you while you sleep
Bed bugs leave their hiding places during the night to feed. They inject an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevents a person from realizing they are being bitten.
Bite marks appear anywhere from one to several days after being bitten. Bed bugs tend to leave a straight rows of bites, unlike other insects that leave bites here and there.
Bed bug bites swell to red welts and become extremely itchy and painful. Itching can be so severe that scratching breaks the skin and secondary bacterial infection occurs. Bed bug bites lead to sleep deprivation because they trigger a vicious itch-scratch cycle, wherein the scratching exacerbates the itch sensation and increases the urge to scratch even more.
Bed bug bites can cause allergic reactions in some people, ranging from large local reactions to anaphylaxis. Proteins from bed bug feces, exoskeletons, and eggs can also trigger asthma symptoms in some people.
How to recognize a bed bug infestation?
Often, people are not aware that bed bugs are hiding in their bed, until they notice the characteristic itchy, red, and swollen bites that bed bugs produce.
When searching for the culprit, the bed bugs might be hiding too well to be found. But bed bugs usually leave detectable signs of their presence. Bed bug droppings might be visible as a trail of tiny black spots on your mattress or bedding. You might also find the bugs’ exoskeletons which they shed as they grow. With large bed bug infestations you will usually notice an unpleasant, sweet odor in the bedroom, caused by a secretion from the bugs’ glands.
How can you get rid of bed bugs?
If you detect a bed bug infestation, you need to have the parasites eradicated by experienced pest control professionals. Furniture may have to be taken apart and professionally cleaned. Heavily infested objects have to be sealed in plastic bags and removed from the home. Bed bugs are unable to survive at very low or very high temperatures. Smaller objects can be put in the freezer for a few days. Pest control firms offer heat treatments, where infested objects or the whole house are heated to over 120 degrees Fahrenheit, which will kill bed bugs at all life stages.
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