Bed Bug Identification
Adult Bed Bugs are 4- 5mm long. Prior to feeding, they are flattened, oval shapes and light brown, but become rounder and darker after feeding. They come out at night and are attracted to the warmth of human body and carbon dioxide in the breath.
The food source of Bed Bugs is blood; thus, they are classified blood feeders. Bed Bugs feed on the blood of humans and other mammals. Bed Bugs have adapted to human environments, their preferred habitats include heated homes or properties where they can infest beds, sofa and other crevices. Bed Bugs are most active at night, they often hide during the day.
What Causes Bed Bug Infestation?
Bed bugs are nature’s hitchhiker, they are usually introduced to homes, hotels and business by latching on to clothes or luggage. Once they infest, it is nearly impossible to get rid of them without a professional treatment. It’s a misconception that bed bugs are attracted to dirty or unclean areas. In fact, they are often located in luxury hotels and prestigious residential homes.
While it is possible for bed bugs to transmit disease, conclusive evidence of transmission is lacking. Instead, the primary concern is the irritation, distress and for sensitive individuals. Bed bug bites are not painful. Itchiness from bed bug bites can result from the body’s reaction to bites, causing severe discomfort to some individuals.
Symptoms Of Bed Bug Bites
When bed bugs bite, they inject an anesthetic into their host. If bitten, you will not feel a pinch or nip, and the reaction won’t often occur for hours, if at all. People react differently to bites, which makes it very difficult to define what a bug bite looks like. Some people develop rashes or experience lumps and swelling, whilst others do not develop any symptoms.
Bed bugs are known to bite several times in a single feeding session, often in three’s. If you notice more than three bites, especially in different areas of the body, this could suggest that you have been a victim of more than one bed bug. Treating the bites can soothe the irritation, but with multiple bites, it can still be very distressing.