Of all the household pests, bed bugs are among the most dreaded. These bugs who feed on warm-blooded animals like humans are very difficult to get rid of. These blood-suckers are tough and many pesticides that are available in the market have little or no effect on them. What’s worse is, many people detect these pests way too late to take precautionary measures.
Signs That You Have Bed Bugs
Look where you sleep.
Bed bugs normally congregate in out-of-reach areas. But, there are bed bugs in Vancouver that tend to live alone away from the infestation group. The best method of knowing if you have bed bug infestation is to check for bed bugs in areas that you normally sleep and rest.
Although bed bugs can be normally found in bedrooms, they may also infest other areas of the house such as living rooms, laundry rooms, and bathrooms.
Look for spots.
You can check for blood spots on beddings and sheets, which are an indication of feeding bed bugs. Sometimes while they are feeding, bed bugs will also excrete at the same time. This will result in brownish or dark reddish spots on beddings, mattresses, pillowcases or other areas nearby.
Do a close inspection.
Bed bugs are small insects and the have a flat body which is ideal for them to hide in small cracks and crevices. Sometimes, bed bugs can be found in corners of picture frames sandwiched between the frame and glass and even in electrical outlets.
Treatment of Bites
Bed bugs bites usually heal up within 1 to 2 weeks. Treatment of such bites aims at relieving the symptoms like the following:
- Topical creams can help in relieving itch
- Refrain from scratching the bite because this can lead to infection
- If there is infection due to the bite, prescription of oral antibiotic may be given
- Oral corticosteroids are prescribed for severe allergic reactions
- Allergic reactions can also be treated with antihistamines
Although cleaning an area that’s infested with bed bugs can help in controlling them, exterminating them normally needs chemical treatment. Since using insecticides in treating your bedroom area can be harmful, it is vital that products to be used on beds and bedrooms must be safe. Do not use products on beddings and mattresses unless it says on the label that is safe to use.
Much better if you’ll employ a professional Vancouver bed bug control or pest control company to treat your home for the unwanted bed bugs to ensure that work is done correctly and safely.