Different species of bed bugs have existed as parasites for thousands of years, two of which have adapted to feeding on human blood. On average, they can be a quarter of an inch long and double in size after feeding.
Contrary to their name, they are not limited to infecting your bed alone; you can also find them in your sofas, clothing, and other soft furniture where they can breed and multiply. In fact, in one year, bed bugs can produce three generations’ worth of spawn.
Two sure signs indicate a bed bug infestation. When you see these signs on you, your family or household member, or your furniture, you are at risk of having bed bugs plaguing your home. You must seek expert help to remove them.
Things That Go Bump on Your Arm
Have you noticed a row of red bumps on your skin that have no explanation? This might be a sign your mattress has a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs are most active at night, feeding on the exposed skin of sleeping humans. Bed bug bites are painless and take up to 14 days before the bite shows symptoms of redness, swelling, and itching. It may be mistaken for rashes, pimples, and even mosquito bites.
Visible Signs on Your Bed
Bed bugs leave signs of infestation on your bed and other furniture. You should look out for these signs. When bed bugs breed, they leave eggs that look like tiny, pale pods resembling poppy seeds.
Bed bug feces are rust-colored and can spread on porous materials such as the fabrics on your bed. Check for crevices under your mattress for dark brown or rust-colored staining; this is a sign that bed bugs are inhabiting that area. If you smell a strong scent of coriander, this is the usual smell of a large population of bed bugs.
Treatment and Prevention
While no treatment exists for bedbug bites, these bites will eventually clear up. A bite is relatively harmless but can cause allergies and itching. Topical creams and antihistamines can remedy the itching. If a host heavily scratches the bite, he or she may have an open skin wound which could be at risk for bacterial infection.
The only way to prevent bed bugs is to prevent them from growing and breeding in your bed and other parts of your home. Because they are tiny and can survive up to one year without feeding, bed bug infestation treatment will be difficult to do without professional help.
At Custom Bedbug, we provide multiple solutions to address the bed bug infestation in our clients’ home. We specialize in quick and effective bed bug relief and maintain a 100 percent success rate. We are confident in our methods to solve infestations and offer a lifetime guarantee that our clients will never have a bed bug problem in their home again once we’ve handled it.
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