No matter how clean you think your house is, you can still bring bed bugs home with you. It only takes one pregnant female to completely infest your home and leave you itching, scratching and suffering from bug bites on your skin. Though it's possible to bring home bed bugs from upholstered furniture, clothing and even stuffed animals that you buy, you can also pick up these little bugs on vacation. Before ridding your home of bed bugs, you'll likely want to know how to treat your bites.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
The first thing you need to know is what bed bug bites look like. These bugs typically come out during the later hours. There is a chance that you might have a bed bug infestation and not even know it because you don't see the bugs. The bugs bite through the skin and feed off your blood. The bites typically are light pink or even white in color, but the color often depends on your own skin color. Many people find that the bites swell up slightly and feel extremely itchy. You may also find clusters of small red or white bumps on exposed areas of your skin.
Treating Bites at Home
There are a handful of ways that you can treat these bites at home. You can place a soft rag in warm water and place the rag flat on your skin to get some relief. Some people find it helpful to wet a rag in cold water and heat it up in the microwave. If the itching persists, you can take over the counter allergy medication. The ingredients in those medications will relieve the itching that you experience and cause the inflammation to go down. You can also use an over the counter allergy lotion or cream. Apply the lotion directly to the affected areas of your skin.
For Infected Bites
As bed bugs often bite late at night, you might scratch those bites in your sleep without realizing it and wake to find yourself covered in infected bite marks. Clean the bites with warm water and antibacterial soap before applying first aid ointment and a bandage.
If you’d like to get professional assistance in controlling bed bugs before they bite you or become a problem in your home or office, contact Clegg’s Pest Control. Or you can call on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.