Many people suffer from bed bugs, small 5 mm long insects that feed on human blood and have developed a resistance to chemical pesticides, making them extremely difficult to eliminate. Bed bugs multiply rapidly, as the female lays up to 300 eggs, and itching while sleeping is one of the most common warning signs of bed bugs.
Some other signs of bed bugs include seeing their residue and droppings on sheets or pillowcases. The British newspaper Express reported two main signs to be wary of, indicating the presence of bed bugs:
the presence of an unusual odor like many types of bugs:
bed bugs release odors called stimulating pheromones, and this substance can be produced from the feces of bed bugs, and other odors similar to the smell of coriander can smell On bed linen and pillows.
The external structure of the insect Bed bug has an external structure
which it gets rid of at some stage of its life, and in case this insect is present in your home, you can find this structure on your bed, and it looks like a shell, and the black spots indicate the remains of mite excrement.
Where Bed Bugs Hide
When bed bugs begin to infest, they tend to hide near the place where they feed. This means they hide on the mattress and box spring, near the person they are going to bite during sleep.
As the infestation becomes more severe, bedbugs may disperse and hide elsewhere in the bedroom. They can then move into other rooms.
Examples of possible hiding places include:
- The box spring, the seams and underside of the mattress, and the hems of bedding items;
- headboards, bedroom furniture and drawers
- clothing, backpacks, handbags and suitcases
- Chairs, wheelchairs, sofas and covers;
- carpets and curtains;
- window or door moldings and frames;
- the back of baseboard heaters and electrical outlets;
- loose wallpaper, frames and posters;
- cracks in plaster, wood or flooring;
- papers, books, telephones, radios and clocks.
Knowing how bed bugs are spread
The larger the infestation, the more bed bugs will move into other rooms in the home and into other dwellings.
Bed bugs can get into even the cleanest homes and hotels. They can get into tight, inaccessible places, such as a crack the thickness of a credit card.
Bed bugs are spread :
by close contact with infested common items, such as clothing, purses, wheelchairs, mattresses, sofas, etc.;
when transporting infested items, especially when moving;
Entering walls, drop ceilings and floors through pipes, ducts, electrical wiring or other openings;
through sheets, clothing or other textiles brought into laundry rooms or laundries
infested used items purchased at flea markets, thrift stores, used furniture stores
when picking up infested furniture or items left on the street
while traveling, in infested luggage, bags, clothing or sleeping bags.
Preventing bed bug infestations
Here are some tips on how to avoid bed bug infestations.
Keep clutter out of your home
Keep your home free of clutter and avoid leaving things lying around. This will reduce the number of places where bed bugs can hide.
How to treat bed bug bites?
- Apply something cool, such as a clean, damp cloth, to the affected area to help relieve itching and swelling.
- Keep the affected area clean.
- Do not scratch the bite to avoid infection.
- You can also ask the pharmacist to use a mild steroid cream, such as hydrocortisone cream, to relieve the symptoms of a bed bug bite.