Bed bug do not carry any dangerous diseases unless the bites get infected. Also some people may get severe reactions to the saliva injected into the bites causing severe rashes them to look like eczema, psoriasis or any other skin condition. Bed Bugs don’t transmit any diseases. That doesn’t make them any less creepy though! They can however cause psychological stress and sleep anxiety among other stresses.
How to Get Rid of Bug Bites:
The first place you will need to check is on your mattress and along the seams. Use a torch light and set aside adequate time to inspect your mattress. You will checking for signs of Bed Bug infestation. Bed Bugs prefer to stay close to their human hosts. They usually hide within 10-15 feet of your bed. Bed Bugs are most likely to hide
- Box spring
- Mattress / Pillows
- In your Couch
- Furniture (especially Drawers)
- Electric sockets
- Wall hangings and fixtures
However, Bugs can hide any and everywhere in your house. Their small size and flat bodies enable them to squeeze into the tiniest cracks and spaces.
Signs and Symptoms:
Bed bugs bites appear as red spots or welts on the skin. Different people react differently to bed bugs bites. Some people have bugs in bed and do not even know it! These people do not have any reaction on their skin as they get bitten by bed bugs. On the other hand, some people develop huge rashes or itching sensations from bed bugs.
As I stated, the bites will itch or burn for a few days but the symptoms sometimes misdiagnosed by doctors. This is not uncommon as many dermatologists are not actively looking for bed bug infestations. Bed bugs bites are similar to mosquito bites because you often don’t feel anything when they bite you. Bed bugs bites will not wake you up.
Baking Soda: Take a teaspoon of baking soda and mix with water to make a paste. Apply this on the affected area. Leave it as it is for about 10 minutes before washing it off.
Witch Hazel: Take few drops of witch hazel in a bowl. Soak a cotton cloth and apply on affected area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before washing it off. Repeat this as many times as you want
Apple Cider Vinegar: Take some amount of apple cider vinegar in bowl. Soak a cotton cloth and apply on affected area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before washing it off. Repeat this 2 to 3 times a day.
Cucumber: Place a slice of cucumber on the affected area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes; repeat this as many times as you want.
Oatmeal: Take 2-3 teaspoons of oatmeal add some water to make a paste and apply on the affected area. Leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat this 2 to 3 times a day.
Aloe Vera: Squeeze some Aloe Vera gel and apply directly on the affected areas.
Toothpaste: Rub white toothpaste on the affected area. Leave it on for about 10 minutes before washing it off.
Lemon Juice: Take some fresh lemon juice in a bowl and dip a cotton cloth and rub it on the affected area. Leave it on till dry before washing it off. Repeat this 2 to 3 times a day.
Ice Pack: Wrap some ice cubes in a towel and place it on the bed bug bites. Leave it on for about 10 minutes. Repeat this as many times as you want.
Neem Leaves: Crush few Neem leaves and apply and rub the paste on the bug bites
Hot Water: So the most effective bed bugs treatment is to put your mattress in the hot sun at least once a week and wash all your bed sheets, pillow covers and clothes in warm water. If your furniture is infected with these bugs, remove all the cushions and put it in hot water. Similarly wash you rugs and comforters in hot water and vacuum your furniture.
Spraying: Do not spray your mattress directly. You should never treat surfaces where you sleep or sit on regularly with pesticides. You should treat your box spring and head boards. Treat electrical sockets, windows, and any openings where a very skinny bed bug could come into the room. Pull up carpets if this is a carpeted room and treat under the carpet. Go through all of your personal belongings in your room and check them for bed bugs. Treat furniture in the room the best you can. They are commonly found in furniture, and you don’t want to miss anything. Treat drawers and treat all areas where they could enter, and finish treating the room at the doorway.
Mattress Encase: Bed bugs mattress cover that is specifically designed to protect you from bed bugs. Not all bed bugs mattress covers are created equal. You have many options for bed bugs mattress encasements, but you want to make sure you get a quality encasement that works. Once you place your bed bugs mattress cover on your bed, bed bugs trapped inside your mattress will eventually die. Do not install a bed bug mattress cover before you treat your room. Make sure you install the cover right after you treat your room. This will give you the best opportunity to stop bed bugs in their tracks!
Chemical Treatments: Chemicals (Pesticides) are one of the most important components in your quest to getting rid of Bed Bugs. However, you must use the correct chemicals to get the best results.
Bed Bug Exterminators: If you are considering hiring a Bed Bug Exterminator, you need to make sure you hire the right company. You definitely want someone who is both fully licensed and preferably has several years of experience.
Diatomaceous Earth: Buy Diatomaceous Earth (it is reasonably affordable) and apply it all on all the cracks and crevices in your house and apartment. You can use a Pest Gun to apply the Diatomaceous Earth.