Night Bug Bites in Bed
bug bites in bed are unfortunately becoming more common as bed bug
infestations spread. Bed bugs are nocturnal, meaning they tend to come
out at night to feed. Other bugs that bite and that could cause similar
symptoms include fleas and mosquitoes. After they bite and feed they
will crawl back to their hiding places for 5 to 7 days, until it is
time to feed again.
one wants to experience night bug bites in bed. Not only do they cause
red rash-like spots but they itch. And the very idea of having some
pests crawling on you while you sleep, well, that's just creepy. But
what else do we know about night bug bites in bed?
How Do Bed Bugs Bite?
bug bites in bed are usually caused by the pest that we also know as
bed bugs. These small insects live inside crevices on mattresses, box
springs, frames, and bedding. They can also live in furniture and
inside dark places such as dresser drawers. They only feed at night,
and usually only feed towards the last hour or two of night. The night
bug bites in bed that we experience come about from the tubes that they
use to pierce the skin. They then sip out a few drops of blood. The
irritation that we feel afterwards is caused by the chemical they
inject to keep the blood flowing. This is known as an anticoagulant.
If bites are only on the bottoms of the feet then the likely
cause is scabies,
which is a result of mites burrowing into the skin.
Bed bug bites are also mistaken for flea bites. If
there is a pet in the home, this should be a consideration.
Bed bug bites are most likely to be seen on exposed areas of
the body during sleep such as the neck, arms and legs. Bites
can occur on the hands and face, but are less likely.
Bed bug bites usually have clear centers. The red
area which surrounds the bite can be as small as those indicated in the
picture, or as large as a wheal, which could be 1 to 2 inches round in
hypersensitive individuals. Not everyone gets an allergic
reaction to a bedbug bite. Those that do tend to see a bigger
reaction with each episode as the body gets more sensitive over time.
A reaction to a bedbug bite can be seen within 1 hour to 1
day, with the bites healing themselves in 2 to 4 days, or if they have
a delayed reaction that appears in 1 to 14 days, the bite reaction
should heal in 2 to 14 days.
Picture of Bed Bug Bites
Bed Bug Nightmares
is not unusual after you have had bed bugs in your home, to imagine
that they are crawling on your long after they are gone. Bed bug
nightmares are normal and should stop over time.
Not only is having bed bugs in your home, but
dealing with the issue could be a nightmare. See these stories on MSNBC.
Do Bed Bugs Spread Disease?
to what you may have heard, night bug bites in bed do not cause
diseases in the person who was bitten. It is important to keep in
mind that this only applies to bed bugs. Mosquitoes, for example, who
also feed at night, can and do spread disease such as malaria. People
who are being bitten while they sleep should try to determine what kind
of insect is doing the biting.
What About Bed Bug Related Infections?
bug bites can lead to infection, but this is almost always associated
with the scratching that the person does to the area and not to any
type of bacteria that the insect injected into the area. Fingernails,
even after hand washing, are notorious as breeding grounds for
bacteria. When you scratch the affected area, you can leave those same
bacteria inside the wound that you create with the nails. This can lead
Bed Bug Treatment Options:
most people who suffer from night bug bites in bed, over the counter
medications such as calamine lotion will help to reduce the itching.
The most prevalent symptom is itch. To treat itch,
gel such as All
is specifically made to stop itch and soothe skin that has been bitten
by a bed bug.
If you see puss, or if redness doesn't go away in a few days,
see a Doctor to determine if infection has set in, or if there is
underlying cause for the condition.
Those who are hyper-sensitive may need to visit their doctor
special creams or lotions. In general, the best treatment is to get rid
of the pests as soon as possible. This course of action against night
bug bites in bed is often the only way to get a good sleep without
worrying about what is crawling on you.
Eliminating Bed Bugs From Your Home
you have a small infestation then you need to thoroughly clean the room
where the infestation occurred and the it would be a good idea to check
any adjoining rooms.
Bed bugs tend to hide close to their
source of food, which in this case is either you or a pet. Start by
washing in 97 degree water any blankets and linens. As an alternative
you can freeze them. Either way will kill the bugs. When done, don't
bring back into the room until it is thoroughly cleaned.
Next buy a non-toxic spray and dust to treat the
room. One effective set of products to consider is offered by a company
They are safe to use on your mattress and rooms where you live.
spray your mattress, making sure to spray in all the cracks. Do the
same in any crack in the floor and furniture. Use the dust under the
bed and furniture to kill bugs as they emerge from their hiding places.
The bugs are difficult to kill, so you may need
two treatments. To protect your mattress and pillows it's a good idea
to get a Bed
Bug Proof Zippered Bedding Encasement, cover designed to keep
the bugs from repopulating the box spring and mattress.
How to Hire a Bed Bug Exterminator
Since killing bed bugs is difficult, we always suggest the hiring of
a bed bug exterminator over home methods. Speak with different
companies to compare costs, guarantees and methods used for bed bug
We suggest starting with Terminix (1.877.291.4849) for a free in home inspection and free quote. Compare the information and cost provide to members of the Service Magic Network (877-233-1145), since these companies are pre-screened and will provide up to 4 free quotes.
You can also check reviews listed on Angies List. For extreme
infestations you may need to have your entire home treated.
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