Have you ever wondered: are we too paranoid about bed bugs? Many people are afraid of bed bugs, although most of us know very little about these creatures. In fact, maybe that is precisely why we are so afraid of bed bugs. If we knew more, we would not be afraid of them. Bed bugs can bite you and suck your blood during the night, but these bugs are not as dangerous as we think they are.
How Dangerous Are Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs can cause skin irritation, but they cannot cause any serious problems. They cannot transmit any diseases. Most people cannot tell the difference between fleabites and bed bug bites, but the difference is huge. Fleas can transmit various diseases (some of which are very dangerous), but bed bugs can only cause skin rash that will go away on its own.
In most cases, no treatment is needed for bed bug bites. These small reddish bumps will disappear from your skin in a week or so. People who have very sensitive skin can use some natural remedies to relieve the skin irritation and itchiness, but no special treatment will be necessary. Calamine lotion, baking soda, antibacterial soap and lavender oil are just some of the natural remedies for bed bug bites.
If you see red bumps on your face, shoulders or neck, it will be wise to visit your dermatologist and see if these are bed bug bites.
The worst thing about bed bugs is that they reproduce very fast. You cannot see them during the day, so it is hard to locate them. However, we know that bed bugs love old furniture, like beds, carpets, closets and armchairs. They also hide inside the wall cracks. If you want to eliminate bed bugs, you can call professional carpet cleaners to come and clean the carpets and the rest of your furniture. After that, you will have to maintain the hygiene in your house. Fix your walls and do not store the old furniture inside the house!
You can use some chemicals made for bed bugs prevention. Just make sure to read the labels and learn how to use these products. If you have pets, make sure to buy products that are harmless to animals and humans.
We hope this was helpful! As you can see, these creatures can be annoying, but they are not as dangerous as we think they are.