Houston Bed Bug Treatment
According to the Mayo Clinic, it can be difficult to distinguish Bed Bug bites from other insect bites. In general, the sites of Bed Bug bites usually are:
Arranged in a rough line or in a cluster
Located on the face, neck, arms and hands
Some people do not react at all to Bed Bug bites, while others experience an allergic reaction that can include severe itching, blisters or hives.
When to see a doctor
See your doctor for professional treatment if you experience allergic reactions or severe skin reactions to your Bed Bug bites. Here are five signs of a Bed Bug infestation in your home.
1. RED STAINS ON BEDDING OR MATTRESS
It’s possible to kill Bed Bugs while feeding or just after you move around or roll over in bed. The red stains are left on your bedding or mattress when Bed Bugs are crushed. This is easy to see if you have light-colored bedding, but is still possible to see even on darker bedding.
2. BED BUG FECES ON BEDDING OR MATTRESS
Bed Bugs will leave a blackish-looking trail of fecal specks on your mattress or bedding. Bed Bug feces are pretty much just dried blood. If you wet it very carefully with a small amount of water, it may turn red again and look like blood.
You’ll often find feces in mattress seams and other cracks and crevices. Bed Bugs are minor and flat and often remain hiding in such places. Also, check seams in pillows, furniture cushions, floor moldings, and baseboards for Bed Bugs and Bed Bug feces.
3. BED BUG EXOSKELETONS (OR EGGS) IN BEDDING OR ON THE MATTRESS
Exoskeletons are the hard shell of a Bed Bug. This shell protects the Bed Bug and provides the structure for its muscles and organs. When the Bed Bug grows, it does so through a process called molting.
During molting, the outer layer of the Bed Bug’s exoskeleton (called the cuticle) cracks and is sloughed off. This allows the Bed Bug to expand. A new shell will harden and the Bed Bug will be at a new size. They leave the exoskeletons behind. When you see them, it indicates that Bed Bugs are there.
Check in the same places you would for Bed Bug feces: seams of pillows and cushions folds in bedding, baseboards, etc.
4. AN UNUSUAL, SWEET AROMA
It is said that when you crush Bed Bugs or have a heavy Bed Bug infestation, you can smell a sickly sweet aroma. Different people have described the smell as:
An old granola bar
Please take all of it with a grain of salt. You might not smell anything if you don’t have much of an infestation. But if you are in your home and notice a new smell that seems out of place, it might be something to keep in mind.
5. SUSPICIOUS BITE MARKS ON THE BODY
Bed Bugs tend to leave bite marks in a straight line or trail. Often appear in a series of three or four bites. Bed Bug bites often resemble mosquito and flea bites.
The body’s reaction to a Bed Bug bite will vary from person to person. For most people, the response is limited to localized itching and swelling at the bite site. If the itching sensation is intense and you scratch the bites, there is a chance you could open the skin, which exposes you to the risk of infection. Some people, however, have an allergic reaction and require medical treatment.
If the onset of Bed Bug bite symptoms is not immediate, you may have difficulty drawing a connection between the bite marks and sleeping.
Like all of our other services, ABC’s Bed Bug treatment is guaranteed. Post-treatment, K-9 inspection will ensure that the Bed Bug elimination is complete. Rest assured that we’ll return to address your problem should Bed Bugs re-infest the same room.
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