Bedbugs are small parasitic insects that suck the blood of warm-blooded animals, mainly humans. They are usually active at night and are able to feed from unsuspecting victims. They often approach their guests by living in beds, sofas, mattresses, rugs, behind wallpapers and in wooden furniture. Bedbugs are nocturnal and typically bite people while they sleep. Bedbugs bite their hosts by using their sharp beak to pierce the skin and inject their saliva to suck blood. Often, the bites of bedbugs are mistaken for the bite of common domestic insects since the bites can seem almost identical to those caused by other parasitic insects for blood supply such as mosquitoes, fleas, ants and lice.
What are the signs of bedbug bites? Bed bug bites can be easily recognized when the signs and symptoms of bites are known. The first symptoms of bed bug bites are the small, reddish, flat or raised multiple wound on the skin that always appears in a linear or grouped pattern. The wounds can become very itchy and scratching the bitten areas can lead to infection. All exposed areas of bodies while we sleep are target points for a bug to bite and suck on. Always keep in mind that the face, neck, back, hands, arms, and legs are the most common areas where bed bug bites occur. Another sign of bed bug attacks is constant biting every night while you sleep and developing itchy, cluster-like sores every day. Other possible signs of bed bugs are the tiny bloodstains on bedding materials from the waste of bed bugs. Bedbugs leave a large amount of waste where they live. Once you find a bedbug at home, think about the possibility that the bite in the skin is due to a bedbug.
Prevention to get bed bug bites should always be implemented to avoid bed bug bites. Some of the things that can be done to prevent bedbug spread at home include regular inspection of all possible bedbug hiding places, repairing and sealing any cracks in furniture and walls, window screening, removal of clutter and excess clothing, cleaning mattresses, bed frames, carpets and upholstered furniture regularly and using bed bug sprays to prevent them from spreading.