Blog: The Only Thing People Fear More Than Bed Bug Bites? Exterminators

bed bug eggs and bed bug crawling in the mattress

Surprise, surprise. The New York Times got it wrong, again.

A popularly held opinion and speculation by the mainstream media was telling us that due to the “pandemic” of 2020, people would not have to worry as much about the common and growing worldwide pest known as bed bugs this year, due to decreased travel.

And yet, exterminators have actually reported being busier in places like New Jersey due to bed bugs during the Covid quarantines, lock downs and shutdown of life as we once knew it.

That’s right, the all-knowing media whom we have grown to love and trust (sarcasm intended) are now saying that bed bug populations and bites have increased, because, if you can believe them, people are more reluctant to let professional pest control into their homes at a time when fear is reaching a fever pitch.

Bed Bug Bites Keeping People Awake at Night

 
Often times, people have no awareness that they’ve been bitten, as the bites usually cause no pain and are not dangerous. They’re usually discovered when people awake to large red bites in groups of 4 or 5 on their exposed skin from the night before, frequently bringing a nasty rash with them to wreak havoc on the epidermis and a bed bug victim’s mental health.

In addition to the discomfort they cause, they can cause unsightly welts, marks, and even leave scars if scratched and cause allergic reactions and an infection, though you won’t likely feel them biting you when it happens.

What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

 
Usually bed bugs look brown but they can also appear to be black or white. If they appear white or clear in complexion, there’s a chance they just haven’t eaten a blood meal from a human host. They can bite your pets like dogs or cats, but it’s usually uncommon as they prefer waiting in your bedroom under your mattress or bed frame, then come out during the night to feast, preferring a nocturnal lifestyle.

They can come in all sizes, big and small. The large bed bugs, usually no bigger than the fingernail on your pinkie finger, are developed adults who have likely already bitten you, and finding them is the easiest, though it still requires a diligent search. The bed bug eggs are much harder to discover, and you’ll have to closely examine your bed and surrounding area, carefully inspecting for clusters in hard to reach- and see- areas.

Their bites are not contagious, but bed bugs will definitely hitchhike from one host to another, or travel between the shared walls of apartment buildings, making them extremely difficult when it comes time to effective removal and treatment. This is part of the reason why the cost of getting rid of bed bugs averages $900 – $1200 if you choose to go with a bed bug exterminator.

Immediate and Cheap Relief from Itchy Bed Bug Bites

 
First, you’re going to have to wash all your clothes and dry them on high heat. Some people even keep their affected clothes in trash bags and set them outside for a period of time. Then, to save money, you might want to consider a DIY bed bug solution, as this can potentially save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in the long run.

One such residual and long lasting, effective bed bug killer is discussed on this bed bug blog by someone who had success in finally killing all the bed bugs off fast and for good.

While the best cure for bed bugs is preventing them in the first place, something people often turn to in the interim is an anti-itch bed bug gel or cream.

Bed Bug Sprays Don’t Work to Kill the Eggs

 
Just be careful not to invest too much time in a bed bug spray that only kills on contact, as you may gain a false sense of security only to wake up again in the near future covered in more annoying and painful sores. Bed bugs do shed their skin as they grow in size and number, so finding their old shells lying around a splotchy patch of black, brown and red stains on the mattress are almost a sure sign that you’ve got an infestation.

Bed Bug Bites? Here’s what you can do to get rid of bedbugs yourself

bed bug bites on neck and face photoDo you have bed bugs at your home? Do you want to know how they got there?

bed bug photoBed bugs are the peskiest of tiny nocturnal creatures. They can make their way to your home through multiple ways, from visiting a friend’s house, staying in a seedy motel or a 5-star hotel, and even (gulp) hospitals. You can also come into their contact while using the public transport like the bus or train.

Moreover, they can hide practically anywhere. You can find bed bugs in your furniture, bed and box spring, even in your clothes. So basically, being alive puts you at risk to come into contact with bed bugs.

Signs of bed bug bites

Bed bug bites are not considered that harmful, mostly just annoying and unsightly. Some people do not react to those bites too harshly and other itch like the blazes. Many of the bed bug bites and rashes might disappear on their own within a week. These bites do not look different from the mosquito bites, occasional allergic rashes, or hives.

treatment for bed bug bites rash and itchSome say bed bugs bites look a lot like raised red welts. You might have the burning and itching sensation as well as it’s usually a cluster of 10 or more bites in a localized area on the body.

If you are getting these bites more and more frequently then it is important to treat the bites and prevent bed bugs period. Moreover, you need to know what will kill bed bugs once and for all, and fast to avoid long restless nights that have a detrimental effect on your performance.

get rid of bed bugs yourselfMany people pick up bed bugs in their hotel when traveling. This is becoming a massive worldwide problem.

How to treat the bed bug bites

Now you know the signs of bed bug bites, which means it’s time to treat those nasty bed bug bites. As mentioned earlier, these bites might go automatically without any treatment within a couple of days. But if you have multiple bites, pus, oozing, blisters, or any other sign of severe allergic infection, then you need to visit your doctor.

Your physician will do a physical exam and will prescribe some lotion and medication depending on the severity of the condition. If there are only rashes and raised red welts, you can consider the following home treatment after you learn how to get rid of bed bugs yourself:

Wash your bites with soapy water. This will prevent any infection and will also be helpful to get rid of the itching and discomfort caused by the bite. If you still have itching, you can apply the corticosteroid cream on the affected area. You should be able to get this cream without a prescription OTC. Aloe vera gel or natural gels containing menthol can provide relief as well.

Bed bug prevention and treatment are the only solution

These are just a few things that you can consider to treat the bed bug bites. But the most important thing is to prevent or eliminate the infestation. A good place to start is by de-cluttering your entire apartment or house, and clearing out all the crap from underneath the bed.