Bed Bugs and Your Health: 5 Frequently Asked Questions
While bed bugs are not considered a serious threat to human health, they can affect your everyday life by disturbing your sleep. In addition, bed bugs feed on your blood and their bites can leave a scar or rash and in worst cases cause an allergic reaction. Therefore, a bed bug infestation must be taken seriously.
Here are five things that will help you learn more about these pesky pests.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small wingless parasites, reddish brown in color. They can be found at the most unexpected of places and can survive for long periods without feeding on blood. They hide during the day in and around areas where humans or animals sleep, and come out at night, biting into the host’s skin for blood.
What health issues can be caused by bed bugs?
Bed bugs are not known to be carriers of disease-causing pathogens, but an overlooked bug infestation can cause serious health problems, such as an allergic reaction, a serious infection, a decline in physical wellbeing from poor sleep, and stress and anxiety from living in a bug-infested home. Especially if you have babies, young children or pets at home, consider hiring a professional pest control service such as Boise bed bug control to safeguard the health of your family.
What is the right way to treat a bed bug bite at home?
A bed bug bite looks like a red, itchy bump on the skin. Mild itching and redness can be resolved with over-the-counter antiseptic medication. First and foremost, wash the area with a disinfectant soap (or normal soap, whichever is available). Wash off and apply an anti-itching cream. Some people also use home remedies such as a paste of baking soda and water. Take pain medication if the pain is unbearable. If you break out into an allergy, seek medical help immediately.
How can one detect a bed bug infestation?
As bed bugs are not visible during the day, you need to look out for the tell-tale signs. Look out for bite marks on different areas of the body (which can sometimes take over a week to show up); pay attention to any itching experienced at night; check for bugs around and under your mattresses and upholstery and on your pet; look for reddish-brown blood spots on your sheets and (if you can spot it) the skin shed by the bugs as they grow.
If you’re losing sleep over a possible bug infestation, have your home inspected by a professional pest control technician.
How can I minimize the risk of a bug infection in my home?
Bed bugs can appear anywhere, and while keeping a clean home will make it easier to spot them, it does not guarantee protection. The best way to safeguard your home against bed bugs is to inspect your surroundings carefully from time to time and, if you discover even a few bugs under the folds or in the crevices, have them exterminated at the earliest.