by Casandra Properties
on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 at 8:24am.
Did you know that there are more insects than humans on earth? That’s not surprising, though, given the fact that they’ve been around for hundreds of millions of years.
The good news is that only a small percentage of them are harmful to humans. Take mosquitos, for example, they can transmit various diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, and encephalitis.
Other insects, such as bed bugs, are more nuisance than health hazards.
Do you have an infestation in the house? Want to know how to treat bed bug bites? If so, you’re on the right page. Keep reading for some tips!
More often than not, the bite will be red and swollen with a dark spot at the center. Depending on the bedbug's feeding pattern, the bites may be arranged in clusters or lines.
While they can bite any part of the body, they generally go for exposed areas such as the neck, face, hands, and arms.
Like most insect bites, you won’t feel it right away as they excrete a small amount of anesthetic before biting. Because of this, it can take a couple of days for symptoms to develop.
Eventually, they will turn red and itchy. In some cases, there may also be a burning sensation.
Note: It’s important not to scratch the bites as that can cause them to become infected.
There are a number of things that you can do to relieve symptoms. For example, you can apply an anti-itch cream or calamine lotion to the bites.
Taking an oral antihistamine can also help with the itching. Similarly, you can use an over-the-counter painkiller for pain.
In most cases, the bed bug bite will heal within one to two weeks.
Aside from taking medication, there are a few home remedies that can help. For instance, you can soothe the bitten area by placing a cold cloth over the skin.
Applying a thin layer of baking soda and water over the bite can also reduce itching.
Bed bugs can be hard to deal with. Given that, it’s best to call a pest control company.
In the meantime, however, you can contain the infestation by vacuuming your floors, furniture, and mattresses. It’s also a good idea to wash your clothing, drapes, and linens with hot water.
Any items that can be laundered should be placed in plastic bags and sealed.
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And there we have it—a short guide on how to treat bed bug bites. If anything, the last thing that you want is to scratch them; that will only make things worse!
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