Are you sleeping with bed bugs? If you woke up this morning and saw red bumps on your face, shoulders or neck, the first thing on your mind would be bed bugs. Bed bugs are small blood-sucking creatures that live in our beds, old armchairs, closets, carpets and wall cracks.
Facts about Bed Bugs
■ These bugs are inactive during the day, so it is hard to see them. However, if you have such bites on your skin – that means you probably have bed bugs! Unfortunately, skin rash is the first indicator you have bed bugs. The good news is that bed bugs are not dangerous! Well, at least they are not too dangerous! They can cause skin rash and skin irritation, but they cannot cause any serious problem. Unlike fleas, bed bugs cannot transmit any diseases.
■ Bed bugs can cause skin irritation. If you have sensitive skin, perhaps you can try some home remedies for bed bug bites. Lavender oil, antibacterial soap, calamine lotion, and olive oil are popular home remedies for bed bug bites.
■ Bed bugs reproduce incredibly fast. Just one adult female is capable of producing hundreds of eggs in very short time. These bugs have very short life span (they only live for a year), but during that time, they can produce hundreds of eggs.
■ The best way to prevent bed bugs is to keep your house clean. You can use some chemicals made especially for this purpose. However, you should opt for products that are not harmful to humans (or animals). This is very important, especially if you have pets. Make sure to store these chemicals where your pets can’t reach it. The bottle must be closed and kept away from children! If you (or any member of your family) are hypersensitive or allergic to anything, talk to your doctor before using any of these chemicals.
■ If you think you can’t handle bed bugs all by yourself. You can call professionals to come and clean your furniture. They use powerful equipment and special chemicals for bed bugs extermination. You will be safe for a while, but you will have to keep your house clean. Regular vacuuming will help you prevent new bed bugs.
■ Fixing your walls will help you prevent other insects from getting into the house. Wall cracks are ideal hiding places for all kinds of insects.