Bed Bugs Bites? Follow These Instructions To Find Out
When you wake up in the morning and see those reddish raised bump, your mind will almost always go straight to the worst thing you can think of….Bed Bugs BITES! Assuming you found this post when searching for some answers you’ll be happy to know you’ve got the right place for some answers. Everyday we get call after calls, chats and requests asking us to come and inspect for Bed Bugs in their home or apartment. YOUR NOT ALONE!
If you think you may have Bed Bugs Bites, I will always suggest you start an inspection in the bedroom where you’ve been bit first. Although you can have a professional inspect the amount of time and difficulty finding them can often give people a false sense of hope. I usually suggest that homeowners do multiple inspections themselves. Take a look at this guide on how to inspect for bed bugs in your bedroom. You should also inspect your furniture for bed bugs and more specifically you should inspect your bed and mattress.
Here Is A List Of Detailed Items To Inspect
Bed bugs may turn up in unexpected places in moderate and large infestations. If the infestation is large, every object in the affected area should be carefully inspected. Bed bugs thrive small cracks and crevices so no item is too large or small for them to find homes in. Therefore, be sure to take your time during a bed bug inspection.
Here Are Some Key Spots To Inspect For Bed Bugs
- Television and other remote controls, in the battery compartment
- Telephones, cell phones and cordless phones
- Lamps and alarm clocks
- Computers and other electronics
- Cardboard boxes in closets and under the bed
- Children’s toys and stuffed animals
- Jewelry boxes
- Brick walls and “popcorn” or other textured ceilings
- Books, magazines, newspapers, and files
- Inside hollow doors
- Ceiling light fixtures, smoke detectors
- Heating units, air conditioners and ducts
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Identification Of Bites, Rashes and Skin Reactions:
Obviously a visual identification is the best way to indicate bed bugs but unfortunately this is not always possible. Especially in the first few months of infestation and getting bit. Below we are going to breakdown exactly what the questions and approach should be to to finding out whether those bites are Bed Bugs Bites or what is exactly going on. If you have done a detailed and thorough inspection and haven’t found any signs of bed bugs, take the time to read through some of these questions and see if it helps you get the answers you need.
Here is a quick list of things that could be causing raised reddish bumps on your body. Please note, we always recommend a doctor rule out some of these issues and we are not a medical resource but this is our experience with calls and contact from people who are trying to investigate the bites they are getting. I like to break it down to seven (7) categories:
- Medical Issue Itchy Skin, Hives or Rash
- Allergic Reaction To Detergent or Bedding
- Stress Rash or Hives
- Bed Bugs
This categorization makes it easy to see that we are dealing with either a medical or a pest issues. Are there more reasons that these seven? The answer is yes, but they are so rare that I have seen them maybe once or twice in my Twenty (20) years in this business that they are not worth the trouble and generally they do fall into one of the above categories. Lets break these down even further.
Medical Issues or Allergic Reactions:
Visiting the doctor and ruling out health issues is a key component to. You may want to visit a specialist such as a dermatologist or and allergy
specialist. You will find that at this point after 15 years of the bed bugs resurgences, many of there professionals have their own lists for bed bugs. they are often faced with the some issues of trying to find out exactly what is biting them and their patients are always asking about bed bugs.
- Change Your Sheets and Laundry Detergent.
- Change Your Diet, Exercise or Medicines
- Visit a Medical Doctor Or Specialist
Take the time to watch for symptoms and check with your doctor for medical checklist of rashes or reddish bumps.
COMMON TYPE OF INSECT BITES
Pest Related Bites Are 95% Bed Bugs Bites:
Bed Bugs Bites are the most common type of insect bite. This is especially true if you are getting bite during the evening. I can’t explain how many people try to rationalize that they are not getting bit by bed bugs. Or the idea that there is some magical new insect that that arrived at your property in New York State and is biting. Maybe its the vampire movies. that the bites are from some unknown pest that no one has discovered yet. If it bites like bed bug and it happens at night while your sleeping, chances are you’ve got bed bugs.
Flea Bites Identifying and Ruling them Out:
Fleas are not discriminate biting insects. They will come out all the time and anytime to get a blood meal. They are going to bite the lower parts of your legs and ankle only because they are closet to the ground. Fleas also need pressure to be pushed out the egg and will want a blood meal immediately. They are easier to spot and see in the early stages after egg development. Most of these bites will not happen in the evening while your in bed. Also fleas will live in the carpeting open areas so they can be seen while cleaning a vacuum cleaner or other obvious ways to inspect for them.
Bird Mites – Are These Biting Me At Night: Mites will causes rash and bite host like any other blood based feeding insect. There are varieties of mites but we find dust mites and bird mites are the most common. The bites will be very small, almost hard to see and the rushing can be more reddish with very very small raised bumps. almost unnoticeable. Sometimes if a best nests in the walls or soffits, mites will start to enter the property. This can happen often in bedrooms just because they are close tot eh attic which provide good nesting sites for birds. Check your attic or soffits for bird mites.
Dust Mites – Baseboard Dwellers: Dust mite bites are small and have the same look as bird mites. We often see these types of mites in homes with hardwood floors. They breed in the dust that collects under the baseboards and areas that are hard to clean. Best way to check for mites is to place a glue board under the bed and check it. They will look like small grains of sand. Very hard to see without a magnifying glass or microscope.
3 FACTORS INDICATING BED BUGS BITES
Bed Bugs Don’t Come Out Until Its Dark: Just because you don’t see them when tearing your bed apart doesn’t mean they aren’t there. In fact, not finding anything and getting bit is actually a factor that it is bed bugs. This is because of their strong ability to remain hidden. This can lead to large and long gestation with large infestation before we are even called in to address the issue. Bed bugs are extremely hard to find and also very good at hiding (especially during he day,) so chances are they are not going to come out and start waving.
Bed Bugs are not even visible to the naked eye until months after development. They have been taking blood meals on you before you have even realized it because their mouthparts are some small they draw blood without the host noticing. You probably wont see them during the day and they get into the smallest areas so inspection can often result in failure to identify.
Timing Of Bites: When populations are low or in the early stages they are not consistent. As populations increase you will see more regular frequency. They are attracted to carbon dioxide but will only come out in the cark. This means that is you are not always sleeping in the infected room, they will be very active once you return from vacation or wherever you have been sleeping. Once they take a blood meal, they wont need one for a while so that specific bed bug will not bite again until its preparing for its next development stage.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Bed bugs will often bite in groups of three. the where they sating breakfast, lunch and dinner come from. This is not always the case and very often they wont but anyone who has been in the industry for a while knows that this is common. In fact, scientist are still trying to understand why this is happening and they have been focused on research trying to understand the pest and issues surround bed bugs bites. This will happen around the arms, neck shoulders of the host. Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide so this is the primary area your exhale will attract them.
Call A Bed Bug Pro
Any indication of the above should be a case for contacting a professional company. Remember they have likely been there for months before you realized it so anyone handling should have a long warranty (we recommend at least a year.) Also they should focus on residential treatments. May large national firms are more focused on commercial properties and warehouse treatments. We know what to do in someone home and how to do it right.
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