Bed Bug Infestation Symptoms

Bed Bug Infestation Symptoms

Bed Bug Infestation Symptoms

Isn’t it really insulting that something as tiny as a bed bug can give you some major nightmares? Read all about bed bug infestation symptoms, so you can get rid of these tiny devils before they draw any more blood!
You can’t have more bed-bugs than a blanket-full. ~ Spanish Proverb

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Is that supposed to be a consolation? It sounds more ironic than consoling! One live beg bug can give you some pretty uneasy moments – imagine the extent and intensity of unease that a blanket-full would unleash! Ironic as it might sound, the fact is that some of the tiniest things in the world cause us some of the greatest harm! Think I’ve gone nuts? Well, compare the number of people lions kill in the African Savannah every year, with the number that succumbs to the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, and you’ll see the truth in my deductions!

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Coming back to these parasitic creepy-crawlies, I’m sure that sharing your bed with bed bugs is definitely not on your list of most romantic things to do! Once bed bugs decide that your bed and carpet are safe grounds for them to thrive and multiply their progeny, they indiscriminately start encroaching upon your privacy and physical comfort. Add a daily sanguinary buffet (that’s you, my dear!) to that breeding ground, and you’ve just created a heaven for them! Unless you count volunteering as food for bed bugs a social service, chances are high that you’d be looking everywhere for ways to detect an infestation within your domestic precincts, so that you can nip the trouble in its bud. Well, well, help’s here! The following segment tells you all about bed bud infestation symptoms so that you can act before those few dozens become a few thousand!

Symptoms of Bed Bug Infestation

It all begins with random itchiness soon after you hit the sack. Initially, it may feel no more than a dry-skin-itch kind of thing, but things soon start getting ugly within a couple of days. Here are some other signs to look out for that may indicate a possible bed bug infestation:-

  • Increased itchiness on exposed parts of the skin; if you’ve paid any amount of attention, you’ll notice a very peculiar thing about this itchiness – they start only after you go to bed! That’s an obvious giveaway!

 

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  • First thing in the morning after, check for bed bug rash, which appears as reddish marks on the exposed parts of your body or wherever the itch was the severest. You can also check at night itself, immediately after scratching, with the help of a flashlight. If the result is positive, the chances of a bed bug infestation are staggeringly high.
  • Macules, blisters or flat, pale red plaques may appear on the skin, which usually disappears within a day or two if the same site is not bitten again.
  • If your bed sheet or bedspread is of a light color, you can check for tiny blood spots by taking it out in the sunlight. A bed bug bite can cause an extremely teeny tiny amount of blood, from the site of the freshly bitten wound, to trace very small dots on the sheet, which can be seen when the sheet is held under strong, white light.
  • Even if all these bed bug infestation symptoms, put together, do not convince you enough of a possible infestation, here’s what you can do that will totally prove whether or not your suspicion was correct. Take your bedding (that you sleep on, not those that are stored in the trunks!) out and leave them in the open so that they are exposed to the direct rays of the sun. Leave all that bedding outside for about 2 – 4 hours. Keep checking for escaping bugs in between. If there are bed bugs in your mattress, pillows or blankets, you would be able to see them coming out as the heat of the sun becomes unbearable to them, forcing them to leave their comfy confines.
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Even if all these bed bug infestation symptoms, put together, do not convince you enough of a possible infestation, here’s what you can do that will totally prove whether or not your suspicion was correct. Take your bedding (that you sleep on, not those that are stored in the trunks!) out and leave them in the open so that they are exposed to the direct rays of the sun. Leave all that bedding outside for about 2 – 4 hours. Keep checking for escaping bugs in between. If there are bed bugs in your mattress, pillows or blankets, you would be able to see them coming out as the heat of the sun becomes unbearable to them, forcing them to leave their comfy confines.

Even if you’re not able to catch (figuratively, not literally!) those bugs in their escaping act, you’ll still know there were bugs in your bedding, when you get a good night’s sleep without any sort of physical discomfort after you’ve sunned them! On a parting note, even if you don’t have a bed bug situation, it’s always a good idea to sun your bedding and carpets in open-air once in a while. This keeps a lot of other tiny pathogens and parasites such as ticks, mites, fungi, etc., away, keeping you and your home bug-free. Come to think of it, who doesn’t love to hurl oneself upon a well aired, fluffed up mattress and pillow after a whole day’s work?

 

References

https://www.emedicinehealth.com/bedbugs/article_em.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_bug

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