Bed bugs are probably the most unwelcomed guests in our home because of their speed of reproduction and the health harm they caused to us. Found almost anywhere besides home, such as favorite places we will hang out like movie theatres, airplanes, hotels and recreation clubs, perhaps one of the danger we all fear of bed bugs are their bites.
Covering yourself from head to toe with long sleeved clothing is probably your best bet against getting insect bite or bug bites from places you visit.
Perhaps, the most lingering question we have in mind is do bed bugs bite through clothes? But first, let’s hear of the top 3 most common misperceptions we have in preventing ourselves from getting bitten from bed bugs.
Here are reasons why we are not spared despite diligently covering ourselves up.
While bed bugs have to be in direct contact with our skin in order to get bitten, they are not capable of biting through clothes due to the fact that their mouths aren’t long enough to suck blood through most materials.
Bed bugs will go into hiding after a blood feed for days and because of their tiny and flat body nature, they can go undetected by individuals. They hide in impossible tight spaces and corners, and at times unexpected hideouts including the edges of bed seams, gaps in between sofa and curtain folds. With their reproduction and tough survival capabilities, bed bugs can stay in your home for weeks and months and spread their presence to other rooms quickly.
Pest control specialist conducts bed bug control where they have the expertise and knowledge to locate bed bugs hot spots, and perform spraying treatment while also eliminating the eggs with steam treatment. As re-infestation can occur easily for a bed bug infestation, the specialist will also conduct after treatment inspection and monitoring to make sure no remaining bugs are left behind to breed further.
To learn how to protect yourself from bed bug bites, you have to understand the basics of what makes you attractive to bed bugs.
Not sure what pests has bitten you? Read here to find out if your bites are by bed bugs, or some other pests.
However, it is best to engage professional bed bug control specialist to remove early infestation symptoms due to their speed in infestation spread.
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Even after you have sought out professional pest control to deal with a bed bug infestation, you can take further bed bugs prevention habits to avoid a recurrence. Firstly, avoid second-hand furniture as they are potential breeding grounds for bugs. Secondly, putting a protective cover over the mattresses can prevent hiding opportunity. Thirdly, change your bedsheets and clean your bed regularly can eliminate physical presence for further breeding. Fourthly, washing your clothes and luggage immediately after coming back from travelling and avoid putting them on the bed. Finally, detect and check for b regularly can prevent an infestation from escalating.
Being so small, bed bugs can hook onto our clothes and luggage without being detected and they can travel and spread from place to place easily. Bed bugs may even lay their eggs onto items land be transported another location causing a spread. Bed bugs are known to be cross-infested and hence, it is important to always check for presence of bed bugs regularly to prevent a breeding from taking place.
Signs of bed bug bites include:
As bed bugs bite on exposed skin, their bites usually occur on the face, neck, arms, and hands. Do note that symptoms take a few days to develop and usually go away on their own within weeks. You can apply an anti-itch cream or take anti-histamines to relief the symptoms. Visit the doctor immediately if the condition worsens.
Bed bugs are usually found in the room including:
If you happen to find bed bugs in a bedroom, you should engage a professional pest control service in Singapore as they have expert solutions in detecting and getting rid of them.
Some natural remedies include rubbing vinegar in areas where bed bugs were spotted or spraying bed bugs with a vinegar solution. Spraying essential oils like eucalyptus and peppermint onto your bed. The strong scent is off-putting to bed bugs. In addition, some will spraying a mixture of baking soda and water solution on bed bugs. Do note that while these remedies can kill some bed bugs, it will not get rid of their eggs and population. Bed bug eggs are incredibly difficult to spot as they are often hidden in cracks and crevices. Therefore, it will be in your best interests to call a professional bed bug control specialist in Singapore to rid both bed bugs and their eggs effectively.
Bed bugs do not threaten our safety, as they generally do not cause structural damage to property. While they do not spread diseases through their bites, bed bugs can cause harm to humans in other ways. Continuous scratching of their bites may lead to infections while some people have been known to develop allergic reactions to them. In some cases, it causes sleep deprivation and mental stress as they address the recurring and unresolved bed bug infestation. As such, it is important to engage a professional pest control service to get rid of bed bugs before they have a chance to develop into an infestation and cause further investments to replacing home furnishing and items.
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