Bed bugs will usually leave red, itchy bite marks on the skin of their victims. A Bed bugs primary activation sensor is CO2 in the air. This happens when you enter a room where bed bugs are present.
If you suspect you might have a bed bugs you might want to use a bed bug montoring device to see if you can trap a bed bug. These fit under your bed posts, bed bugs crawl up the device and fall into the trap.
Bed bugs can also be spotted hiding in the crevices of items that have been infested, such as furniture, mattresses, pillows, and blankets.
If you have traveled recently amke certain you inspect travel luggage, travel pillows, and clothing. Just takes periodic inspecting for bed bugs to get an early jump on them.
Bed bugs will often leave black or dark red spots on such items.
Bed Bug Facts
Bed Bugs are miniature pest – the adult is no more than a quarter of an inch in size – that live on the blood of animals and, most disconcertingly humans.
Although not equipped with wings the bed bug does have the ability to spread very quickly and is prone to rapid multiplication as a result.
The Bed Bug problem is a widespread one, as these miniature creatures are known to have come from their natural home in the Asian continent to the rest of the globe.
It is not unusual to find an infestation of Bed Bugs, but what is vital is that we recognise where they live, how to find them and what to do about them.
The female Bed Bug will lay eggs any day; as she can live for considerable lengths of time – over a year – this results in a natural explosion of the Bed Bug population.
The bed bug is active at night – when we are sleeping – and the first clue to the presence of Bed Bugs is the presence of marks on the skin in the morning.
The bed bug will feast during the night, and because it feeds on human blood it leaves behind marks of its presence.
A bed bug feeds by puncturing the skin and pushing in a tube with which it sucks out the required blood, and as such the victim will rarely know they are being bitten as they are usually asleep.
After feeding – which could cover as long as ten minutes – the Bed Bug leaves behind a red mark which may swell and will hurt continually, bringing irritation and iscomfort to the patient.
The problem about diagnosis is that the indications of Bed Bugs are very similar to many other skin problems.
Scabies shows very similar indications to bed bug infestation, and some insect bites such as mosquito can also result in a similar tell tale bite.
Bed bug bites will generally appear on skin that we leave exposed while we sleep – the arms and legs, face and neck are all frequently bitten – and it is to these areas we should be vigilant when looking for signs of the creatures.
The Bed Bug is a night active creature and it likes to feast on our blood; it also likes to remain hidden and this is why it frequents our beds and furnishings.
Though the Bed Bug does not nest like lots of other insects, it does travel to suitable places, hence great numbers will hide together in the crevasses of a mattress, the inside of covers and linings and many dark and secure places.
Bed Bugs are sometimes carried into the home by people who have been elsewhere and have maybe slept on a number of varied and frequently used beds.
A Bed Bug infestation is not necessarily a case of ill hygiene, however, as a lot of hotels and guest houses have also been the source of cases.
Bed Bug infestations spread very rapidly; with one female insect laying around five eggs each day it is simple to see how quickly the colony can grow.
To get rid of Bed Bugs you also need to throw out of the infested mattress and any other items that may be harbouring the creatures.
As bed bugs are very prolific and almost impossible to find, eradicating all the eggs and creatures with off the shelf treatments may not be entirely successful.
During an affliction of bed bugs, all clothes, covers and linings that have been near to bugs – or are suspected of having been – have to be be thoroughly washed; if
possible this should be done on the hottest setting possible to be sure to kill the bugs.
Last update: 11:52 PM Sunday, September 19, 2010