HOW TO TREAT BED BUG BITES
Measuring little more than five millimeters, bed bugs create havoc far beyond the comfortable confines of your bed. Bed bugs thrive in the dark areas of your home, especially at night, when the nocturnal pests come out from shoes, boxes, suitcases, and baseboards to feed. The most likely place to find bed bugs is within the folded areas of a bed or in between a mattress and box springs.
Red flat welts on the body that appear in zigzag lines represent the most common symptom of bed bug bites. The swollen, miniature bites typically appear in clusters to create an area of itch discomfort that lasts for days. Scratching bed bug bites can lead to bleeding and eventually skin infections. A large number of bed bugs leave a distinctly foul odor in the area where the tiny bugs congregate.
If you wake up one morning and discover itchy areas of the skin that form uniform lines, then you probably have succumbed to a night of bed bug feeding.
Treating Bed Bug Bites
Once you discover the cause of your skin discomfort, the next step involves taking care of the bites caused by bed bugs. The American Academy of Dermatology strongly urges bed bug bite victims to consult a dermatologist, especially if the bites create large blisters that develop because of constant itching.
The academy urges bed bug bite victims to “Wash the bites with soap and water. This will help prevent a skin infection and help reduce itchiness. If the bites itch, apply a corticosteroid cream to the bites. You can get a weak form of this medicine without a prescription at your local drugstore. Stronger corticosteroids require a prescription.”
Treating bed bug bites is one thing. Making sure the pests never produce extreme itching discomfort again is quite another matter. As your bed bug bites start to fade, new bites can appear that send you down the treatment road again. The ultimate treatment for bed bug bites is to expunge the pests from your home.
How to Get Rid of Bed Bugs: The Heat is On
The best way to rid yourself of bed bugs involves exposing the pests to temperatures between 120 and 150 degrees Fahrenheit for three to four hours. Despite what you read, do it yourself materials and consistent wash and dry cycles of your bedding materials do not eliminate the presence of bed bugs. Madison County Termite and Pest Control specializes in applying heat treatment services that eliminate the bed bug nuisance. We offer heat treatment services for our friends in Edwardsville and Glen Carbon, Illinois.
If you have difficulty removing bed bugs from your home, you should consider calling a professional pest control expert to take care of the issue. Contact Madison County Termite and Pest Control today to prevent the itching and scratching caused by a bed infestation.