Bed Bug Bites

Bed Bugs are small blood-sucking parasites and are in the UK considered as “accidental invaders” unknowingly carried into our homes and places of business in luggage arriving on our shores from holiday and travel destinations where Bed Bugs are commonplace. Bed Bugs also enter our properties hiding in the cracks and crevices of old furniture sold as second hand or household furniture items picked up from that are already infested with Bed Bugs.

Although Bed Bugs are not known to carry disease, waking up in the morning to Bed Bug bites on your body that were exposed during sleeping, such as neck, arms ankle’s and feet will soon ensure that you want to get rid of Bed Bugs as soon as possible.

What do Bed Bug Bites look like

If you have been bitten by Bed Bugs then you will almost certainly be suffering from some degree of discomfort. Symptoms usually include itchiness, inflammation and physical bites appear as a swollen red bumps or welts with a dark centre and lighter red swollen surrounding area and are patterned in a line or as a zig zag. Continuous scratching of Bed Bug bites on your body can lead to infection from mild to serious.

When Bed Bugs Bite

Bed Bugs are creatures of the night seeking human or animal hosts through a combination of heat, exhaled carbon dioxide and various other biological signals whilst they sleep in order to get their blood feed which allows them to survive and thrive.

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Bed Bug bites

How do Bed Bugs Bite

Bed Bugs obtain their blood feed by piercing their victims skin and withdrawing blood through an elongated needle-like beak. As the beak enters the skin of the victim, a saliva is released which has a similar effect to that of anaesthetic to ensure the bite goes unnoticed. An anticoagulant is then released to ensure that the blood flows freely. The feeding time lasts between 3 and 10 minutes until the Bed Bug is bloated with blood before withdrawing its beak and moving away without being noticed.

How Long do Bed Bug Bites last

Unless infection has set in due to skin being broken from continuous scratching, in most cases, Bed Bug bites heal within two weeks from the initial bite. Humans who suffer with strong sensitivity to insect bites and other skin related problems should expect Bed Bug bites to take up to three weeks to heal.

How to reduce Bed Bug Bites

There are a number of ways to reduce the number of bed bug bites, here are a few examples:

  • Thorough vacuuming of carpets, under beds, upholstered furniture, bed frames, bedside drawers and cupboards. Ensure to throw away the hoover bag directly after vacuuming.
  • Wash or tumble dry any Bed Bug infested bedding at high temperature
  • Use a brush attachment on your hoover to vacuum all cracks and crevices around the room. Ensure to throw away the hoover bag directly after vacuuming.
  • If you have loose hanging wall paper, remove it and use the hoover and brush attachment to remove any signs of Bed Bugs from where the old wallpaper was.
  • Use a strong high quality gaffer tape to collect Bed Bug eggs and even live bodies from the seams of your mattress. Wrap the tape around your hand with the sticky side out to get the best results.

Taking the above steps will not get rid of a Bed Bug infestation, but it will help you to reduce Bed Bug bite numbers in the short term. Bed Bug control requires the services of a professional.

Bed Bug exterminator and we are here to help. The best way to get rid of Bed Bugs is to call Country Life Pest Control in order to ensure you get rid of Bed Bugs fast!

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