What are Bedbugs?
Bedbugs are tiny bloodsuckers that feed on the blood of humans and animals. Its bite causes red rashes often mistaken for allergies or prickly heat. The skin bumps are itchy and may get infected if scratching breaks the skin. The damaged tissues may cause a more serious secondary infection.
Bedbug infestation is one problem you cannot simply ignore as the symptoms are as troublesome as it is uncomfortable. The tiny bugs hide in the folds and corners in your mattresses, underneath the bed, furniture, clothing, and car seats. They multiply so fast and can survive up to a year without feeding on blood. These pesky insects arrive at your home from infested hotels, airports, restaurants or any public places where you may have visited.
Bedbugs The Dreaded Itch
Where do they come from?
Bedbugs may enter your home undetected through luggage, clothing, used beds and couches, and other items. Their flattened bodies make it possible for them to fit into tiny spaces, about the width of a credit card. Bedbugs do not have nests like ants or bees, but tend to live in groups in hiding places. Their initial hiding places are typically in mattresses, box springs, bed frames, and headboards where they have easy access to people to bite in the night.
What Diseases do they Bring?
Bedbugs generally are a nuisance but they do not generally transmit any disease. This does not make them less tolerable as they can definitely affect your sleeping patterns and in turn gives a negative effect on your mood and behavior.
Treatments and Management
The most effective way to treat bedbugs is finding active nests of the bedbugs in your house. Chemical treatments are then used to clear these bugs from the cracks and crevices where they nest and are instantly killed. Heat treatments are also effective as well as availing of a steam cleaning expert are recommended.