Decades ago it was believed that the presence of bed bugs was due to scarce hygiene and cleanliness conditions in a house or room. However, this is not always the main reason, since if there is a warm place and several holes where they can hide, this can become their usual place.
A bed bug is a little bug, no more than 10 millimeters, brown in color that belongs to the aphids family and whose nocturnal habits allow it to move between corners of the most unsuspected. Not only in the beds, but in all the elements that make up this piece of furniture, such as the bed base, the legs or the headboard. Without forgetting those that are around it, such as the bedside table or a bench, or in other lesser-known areas of the house. This is the case of a wall where there is wallpaper, under the carpets or even inside a light socket.
Do you have bed bugs in your bed?
Checking for bed bugs in the place where you sleep is not that complicated, even though they are tiny and you cannot detect them with the naked eye. It is very simple, first look at the sheets and blankets, where you can see a kind of empty yellowish skins very pale. This is a consequence of the molt what bed bugs do during its evolution to adulthood. In addition, it is not difficult for you to also notice small blood spots Because, when you lie down, you may have squashed one of these insects.
But what will really put you on alert is to throw a look at your skin, for example, when you finish showering, to check if the effect of these small insects has caused the appearance of several bites. These are red with a darker spot inside, they usually form in groups and, above all, they occur in the area of the neck, face, hands and arms.
In addition to these obvious signs, you may be prone to allergic reaction to bed bugs. It is then that an annoying itch appears that is usually accompanied by more serious blisters. However, although they bite on the skin and feed on blood, they are not insects that cause more serious disease. It’s more of a health problem that accompanies that skin condition.
When this occurs, as long as it is not something mild and anecdotal, it is important that you go to the doctor. Most likely, it recommends that you follow the best treatment in each case. These spots usually disappear without problem after a couple of weeks, but you can help your recovery with a cream that has hydrocortisone or take an oral antihistamine.
How can you get rid of them?
The bad thing in these cases is that the bed bugs do not stay still in one place for a long time. That’s why they can be in your bed, but spread rapidly to other objects, bedding or even the pajamas you sleep in. They move very quickly, so it is important to act as soon as possible, with a professional disinfection service to end them.
Before this, it does not hurt that you use some type of repellent for insects (for example, you can use those that are effective against ticks and mosquitoes) and put a mosquito net In the bed where you sleep
Before calling the professionals, who will employ more aggressive chemicals, you can try some of these practical tips first:
- Vacuum conscientiously in every corner, not just the bed but the entire room.
- All sheets, blankets, bedspreads, duvets, and pillowcases should go straight to the washing machine. In addition, it is good that afterwards all the laundry, also the pajamas, go through the dryer, since the high temperatures will end up killing the bed bugs.
- These insects and their eggs can hide in baskets where dirty clothes are deposited. Therefore, do not forget to clean them very well below.
- Keep the room airy for a long time and, if you can, do not sleep in it until you consider that it is safe.
What is not recommended, without being an expert, is to use all kinds of household insecticides without control or guarantee since, apart from that it can be dangerous at the toxicity level, it may not be entirely effective and may even make it easier for you to plague spread even more around the house.
The best thing in this case, especially if the problem persists, is to call a professional service to take care of everything. Thus, these experts have the adequate knowledge on the biology of these insects, their behavior, the life cycle in which they are found, as well as the habitat where they develop. Information that will be very useful when addressing the problem in the best way.