Don't you just hate it when you're in the middle of your peaceful slumber and then something bites you and disrupts your sleep? Bed Bugs, reddish brown oval flat creatures, are notorious for feasting on human skin during sleep. Since they measure about the size of an apple seed and hide very well in box springs, cracks/crevices of beds, and headboards, they're hard to find. You only know they are there when you find your body dotted with bite marks in the morning.
It's actually quite hard to determine if the bites you have on your arm, shoulder, or any other part of the body is from a bed bug, or from another type of insect like mosquitoes. But in general, bed bug bites are red with a darker red dot on the middle and are arranged in a line or cluster. Bed bugs usually favor the face, neck, arms, and hands - basically, the upper body. Even though many people don't have allergic reactions to bed bug bites, others experience severe itching and blisters.
Preventive Measures and Treatment
The problem of bed bugs infestation can be prevented and eliminated with little or no difficulty. One of the first methods to do is to wash all bedding covers in hot water, at least 120 degrees. Don't just do it one time to eliminate the bed bugs, do it frequently, at least twice a month to ensure that the bugs won't come back pestering you again.
It's also important to vacuum the floors regularly. Install the brush tool onto your vacuum and use that to vacuum the entire bed area, not only the mattress but also the bed stand and headboard. Vacuum the floor underneath and the walls around the bed. It's possible that these tiny pests are hiding within the crevices of floors and walls.
Cover your mattress with plastic before putting on the bed sheet. This is important since bed bugs won't survive hiding inside the plastic cover. If you are going to buy furniture, especially used ones, have it inspected for bed bugs. More so if you are going to buy mattresses or bed frames. It's also a good idea to inspect your bed from time to time. It's always better to catch the bed bugs early on before they multiply. They do that rather quickly so you'd have to be alert at all times.
When traveling, always inspect your hotel room carefully. Avoid checking in at hotels that do not uphold high standards of cleanliness. Always bring a travel prevention spray, which you can apply on your luggage and clothes so that the bed bugs in the hotel room won't come back with you when you come home.
If you have adverse allergic reactions to bed bug bites, don't procrastinate about seeing a doctor. Seek medical help immediately before the condition gets worse.