How To Treat Bed Bug Bites On Human Skin
As much as no one wants to talk about them, bed bugs are becoming a common pest in homes all across the country. There are ways to “identify if you have an infestation and even some simple means of treating bites if you have them.” according to Spartan Pest Control. Once you have confirmed that you have an infestation of bed bugs, your top priority should be to eradicate them. They multiply quickly.
Look For Some Visual Clues
While bed bugs are notorious for hiding and avoiding being seen throughout the day, they aren’t the best with picking up after themselves. The signs that you should be looking for are going to be available at all times of the day because you are more or less looking for physical evidence left behind by a bed bug. These signs will include:
- Fecal Staining on Sheets
- Cast off/Shed Bug Skins
- Blood Staining on Sheets or Sleep Clothing
While it might seem similar, the blood and fecal staining of the bed bug are quite different from each other.
It is believed that only because bed bugs will feast on the blood of a human host that the excrement left behind will be similar in color to blood. In all actuality, this matter ends up taking a very dark brown or even black appearance instead. This is a digested blood meal, making it appear very different from tiny blood stains on the sheets coinciding with bite locations on the body.
The Signs or Symptoms of a Bed Bug’s Bite
You might be surprised to learn that seeing bites isn’t always a clear indication that there are bed bugs in your home. For starters, the bites themselves could have come from multiple different insects who have common bit patterns or Can cause the skin to react. Over half of the people that experience a bed bug’s bite won’t have any reaction at all, misleading many people into the assumption that everything is normal.
But this understanding that many will not react to these bites is false to many researchers, suggesting that it has little to do with your lack of bites but rather your overall exposure to the infestation. Meaning that the longer it is allowed to persist, the more likely anyone would be to developing bite reactions on their skin. Additionally, treating bites that do develop is more than just dealing with the skin’s reaction to these bites. Your body is going to be more and more susceptible to their damage as the infestation continues to grow within a house. The only way to stop the bites and your skin’s reaction to them are completely eradicated the bed bugs.
What Does A Bed Bug Bite Look Like?
- Raised, Reddened Welts
- Itchiness of the Bite Site
- Small Rashes Around Bites
- Bites That Form Straight Lines
You can never be too careful when it comes to identifying sites or suspicious bugs in your home. Since many people aren’t familiar with what these bites look like (or what to watch for), check out some of these pictures that will help you better understand if you are dealing with bed bug bites or something else entirely.
Finding the Bed Bugs
Now there is a bit of luck involved in finding any bed bugs during the day. Since they only come out at night, it is often easier to find what they leave behind rather than looking for the bugs themselves. But just to give you some idea, you should understand that this particular bug is among the most versatile and changing creatures that you are ever likely to see.
Starting as an egg, within 6-10 days the eggs will hatch. The bed bug nymphs hatched from this egg are going to need a blood meal to continue down the path to evolutionary maturity. This feeding is critical to the molting into other forms, and there will be five total molts between nymphs and adulthood. Each time this bug changes, it will shed its exoskeleton (providing evidence for you of its existence). With every molt, a bed bug must feed. Typically feeding will not happen more than once per 24 hr period.
If you were to visit the website for the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), you would be able to see some close shots of what a bed bug looks like throughout each of its various stages. This can help you to identify if the bug you see on the bedding is, in fact, a bed bug or not.
They are pretty good at hiding, so you might want to start by removing your sheets and carefully inspecting your mattress creases and crevices for their presence. Check the frame of the bed as well, including the box springs for anything resembling the bugs that you have seen in the pictures above.
Now that you can determine if you have an infestation or not, it is time to learn how to treat bed bug bites on human skin. As this can be a rather uncomfortable thing to deal with, your primary focus is going to be alleviating the effects of the bites. If you have infections, oozing or extreme reactions, you should consult a medical professional right away.
For the majority of those who encounter these bugs, relief can be as simple as gently cleaning the bites and applying some corticosteroid cream you purchased at a local pharmacy. The trouble is, without taking care of the actual problem (the bed bugs), bites won’t have a chance to go away before new ones have taken their place entirely. Instead, treatment for the bites should be ridding you of the bugs once and for all. Let a professional from Terminix help you to inspect for these bugs and develop a battle plan for killing all of them that plague your home.