If it is your first time wondering if you might be facing a bed bug infestation then it is only natural to not be sure. What can make this even more difficult is the fact that bed bug bites can present themselves in many different ways. By learning more about the differences you are in a better position to decide what actions you need to take moving forward to put it to an end.
Just like with mosquito bites, some people do not have very serious reactions to bed bug bites. They can actually be quite small and in some people not even present. Also like mosquitos, it is not uncommon for one person to be bit up all over their body while another person occupying essentially the same space doesn’t have any bites at all. This can lead to confusion as to whether it the problem is a bug of some sort or maybe just an allergic reaction to something else in the home.
One of the biggest differences between bed bug and mosquito bites is that bed bug bites can be far more severe. They can get rather large, appearing as whelts and even having a burning sensation. Another difference is that they typically will remain on the skin far longer than mosquito bites typically will. They can remain to some degree for up to ten days, depending on how the individual reacts to them. Another sign is where they appear. Mosquitos have the ability to penetrate most clothing, which means that they can leave bite marks anywhere on the body. while bed bugs can bite anywhere on the body as well, they typically will find areas that are most convenient and unclothed. These areas are often around the neck, hands, back and face.
If you still are not able to determine what type of pest you are dealing with you should take the time to inspect your bedding. One of the most common signs is if there are small spots on your linens that are a deep reddish brown color. This is a sign that bed bugs are leaving feces behind or have been squished on your bed. You should also check the seems of your mattress. This is one of the msot common places for them to reside and use as an exit and entry point. Here, even if you do not find the bugs themselves you may find their leavings. If you find any of the signs mentioned above that you are certainly dealing with bed bugs and need to take action immediately.
Hiring a professional to tackle the problem can be extremely expensive and often they are not able to accomplish the job in their first attempt. It can easily cost you hundreds of dollars going this route. Fortunately, there are many products available, that when used in the right manner can help you to eliminate the problem on your own. The key is to be very methodical about how you go about it.
The first step is to remove all of your linens and wash and dry them on high heat. By using high heat for 30 minutes after the linens are completely dry you will be killing off any bed bugs that might be present as well as their eggs. As soon as you are done doing this you will want to place them in bags and seal them tightly while to take the next steps in order to ensure that you are not risking recontaminating them.
The next steps you take are entirely up to you. There are different products that can help you to accomplish the job in a number of ways. For example, if you have the ability to leave your home for some time you may want to use foggers through your entire home. It is essential that you read all of the directions as these chemicals can be very harmful to the health of humans and pets if they are not used properly. The benefit of using foggers is that there is a lot less physical work that needs to be done. The downside is that there is always the risk that the bed bugs can escape to areas of the home that the chemicals do not reach, leaving you to have to deal with the issue again in a few weeks.
Another great option is to use sprays through your home. These do not typically require you to vacate your home for an extended amount of time, which is ideal for those that do not have this option. When using sprays to tackle the issue you will want to be very dilligent about getting into every crevice that you can. Bed bugs have the ability to escape into the smallest of spaces, which is why they can be so difficult to get rid of. The more attention you pay to getting every spot you can the more likely it is that you will succeed the first time around.
If you prefer not to use any type of spray chemicals then powder insecticides may be the right option for you. Many of them are not a toxin for humans and can work just as well as other products. They can be especially ideal to apply to mattresses before they are sealed with a bed bug prevention cover. This ensures that they are killed when they do come out of the mattress in an attempt to feed and eliminates the need to replace all of the matresses in your home. It can also be used around the edges of rooms, the legs of bed frames and more.
The key is to find the right combination of these bed bug removal products that works for your personal situation. Those that find the problem early may not need to take the same measures as someone that is facing a full blown infestation. Take the time to learn as much as you can about these products so that you can make the choice that is best for you.