The common bed bugs we most often refer to is scientifically named Cimex lectularius. This small pest bites and feeds on blood, causing itchy bites on their human hosts. We hear about them, and sometimes worry about coming in contact with them at hotels. So lets learn a little about these bugs and how they can affect your health and what you can do to avoid them.
Don’t let the bed bugs bite!
And if they do, hit them with a shoe! Well not actually. The shoe is not the best way to get rid of them. Truth of the matter, you will probably not realize you are being bit until you wake up after sleeping in an infested bed. According to the EPA, Experts believe the recent increase in the United States may be due to more travel, lack of knowledge about preventing infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices.
Prevent bed bugs bites
You’re going to need to do a little investigating if you are staying in a hotel, or a place that you suspect there could be bed bugs. Its much easier to treat a small infestation than one that is out of control. Here are some signs that there could be a bed bugs from the EPA.
- Rusty or reddish stains on bed sheets or mattresses caused by bed bugs being crushed.
- Dark spots (about this size: •), which are bed bug excrement and may bleed on the fabric like a marker would.
- Eggs and eggshells, which are tiny (about 1mm) and pale yellow skins that nymphs shed as they grow larger.
- Live bugs.
How to get rid of bed bugs
There are several ways to get rid of the bugs, extreme cold (below 30 degrees), extreme heat (over 113 degrees) and chemicals. No matter which method your choose, or turning to the experts, you need to make sure you get rid of each one.
If you have been bitten and you have a reaction, you may need to be checked out by a doctor. There are several different types of bites that you could have other than bed bugs. Then again, some people don’t get any skin reaction by being bit. The good news, there is no evidence to suggest they transmit or spread disease.