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  • Overview


    Small, reddish-brown bedbugs are blood-sucking insects that don’t have wings. If you get bitten by a bedbug, the bite usually goes away within one to two weeks. While bedbugs are not known to spread diseases, they can cause some people allergic or severe skin reactions.

    Bedbugs are roughly the same size as an apple seed and are known to hide in the cracks and crevices of beds, box springs, headboards, bed frames, and other objects around the mattress. They come out during the night to feed on human hosts. If you frequently visit places such as hotels, hospitals, or homeless shelters, you have a higher risk of encountering bedbugs.

    If you suspect bedbugs in your home, it is recommended to seek professional extermination.

  • Symptoms


    Symptoms of bedbug bites resemble those of other insect bites and rashes. Bedbug bites typically appear as inflamed spots with a darker area in the centre and can cause itching. They are often arranged in a rough line or cluster and are usually found on the face, neck, arms, and hands. While some people may not react to bedbug bites, others may experience an allergic reaction that results in severe itching, blisters, or hives.

  • When to see a doctor


    See your healthcare provider for professional treatment if you experience allergic or severe skin reactions to bedbug bites.

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  • Causes


    Infestations of bedbugs could be related to:
    Greater number of trips.
    Modifications to pest control methods.
    Resistance to insecticides.
    Where do they hide?
    Infestations of bedbugs typically happen close to or around sleeping areas. They are present in:
    Clothing Luggage.
    Bedding Boxes.
    Mattress boxes.
    Items close to beds.

    They can be discovered in the following:
    Under flaking wallpaper and cracked paint.
    Baseboards and under carpeting.
    Seams in upholstered furniture.
    Under electrical outlet or light switch covers.
    How do they spread?
    Bedbugs are capable of hitchhiking on clothing, luggage, furniture, boxes, and bedding, making it easy for them to relocate from one location to another. They can quickly move between floors and rooms in hotels or apartment buildings.
    Sign of uncleanliness?
    Whether their surroundings are clean or unclean is irrelevant to bedbugs. They only require a friendly host and lots of hiding places.

  • Risk factors


    You risk getting bedbug bites if you frequently frequent areas like apartment complexes, dorm rooms, homeless shelters, hotels, cruise ships, trains, buses, and refugee camps.

  • Prevention


    Clues: hide. Bedbugs seldom tunnel under clothing. You may prevent bites by donning pyjamas that cover as much flesh as possible.
    Look at overused stuff. Before introducing it into your house, look closely at worn-out bedding, mattresses, and upholstered furniture.
    Take hotel safety measures. Place your luggage on tables or dressers instead of the floor, and inspect the mattress seams for bedbug excrement.

  • *Please note that the information provided in the article is for reference purposes only. It is essential to consult a doctor before applying any of the suggestions mentioned.

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Last updated on: 07/08/2023