Bed bug bites are very often confused with things like mosquito bites, spider bites and fly bites depending on the season and where you happen to be. You’ve probably been bitten by a bed bug at some point in your life and never realized it. Just a decade or two ago, bed bugs were pretty much unheard of in the US but they’ve come back and they’ve come back with a vengeance.
You can find minor to major infestations in every major city right now.
Colder climates like Minnesota are even being hit hard.
Why now? This could have something to do with immigration, population density or simply because they have been very isolated until lately and the past bug spraying campaign was 50 years ago. Maybe it’s a combination of these combined with an increase in used furniture and retro item popularity.
No matter the cause, to treat bed bugs, you have to first identify the symptoms of your bite to see if it is, in fact, bed bugs at all.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
The best way to describe a bed bug bite is a series of red bumps that could be blotchy like a rash but not always. It really depends on your reaction to it. They do tend to bite in a line where other bugs seem to bite you in random spots so that’s a good indicator that you’ve been bitten by them. The pictures on this page should help a lot with their identification and you can also visit sites like WebMD to see even more pictures.
If you are allergic to bed bug bites, you will definitely know it because the bumps could be very large and the entire surrounding area can become red and swollen. If this occurs, you need to seek medical attention immediately to make sure nothing severe develops from these bites.
How Do You Treat Bed Bug Bites?
Bed bug bite treatment is pretty straightforward and you probably have something in your home that can help. To reduce swelling, nothing beats ice with maybe an over the counter painkiller of your choice. For itching, hydrocortisone creams and gels are very effective. If you prefer a more holistic approach, aloe vera can help and there are many home remedies like white vinegar people swear by. You can try what you’d use for any other type of insect bite and see if it works.
You can now buy special creams on the internet and these seem to work well from what users of the creams write in reviews. Some are inexpensive but you will want to check the ingredients to make sure you agree with what’s in them and aren’t allergic to any ingredients.
How Do You Prevent Bed Bug Bites?
Naturally, prevention is the first step you should take so you don’t have to deal with bites at all. To prevent being bitten at all, inspect new beds you’re going to sleep in and any used furniture and clothing you bring into your home. Clothing you can toss right into the washer or just the dryer to ensure any type of insect doesn’t survive and become an unwanted and potentially hazardous visitor.
Bed bug repellent products might be a good, cheap option as well. These contain chemicals or all natural ingredients that keep bed bugs away and discourage them from coming back.
The very best course of action you can take to ensure bed bugs are fully wiped