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Bed bug identification

Scientifically known as Cimicidae, are tiny parasitic insects that feed on warm-blooded animals, including humans. They are attracted to the warmth and carbon dioxide that humans and other animals produce. The truth is that you will not know you have a bed bug problem until you have been bitten. These pests are active only at night and are rarely seen. Have you seen small insect bites clustered around your arms, neck, and back? Does your bedding have a slightly sweet or “rotting fruit” odor? Wash your bedding in hot soapy water. Your washing machine’s hot water setting should suffice. Tumble dry your bedding at the highest heat setting as they cannot survive these high heats for longer than 20 to 30 minutes.

Found everywhere from shops and offices to schools and even hospitals, bed bugs spread by stowing away in clothing, baggage and other belongings making every new guest a potential carrier. Thoroughly vacuum across your mattress, inside the bed frame, under your bed, along your baseboards and even your headboard. Be extremely thorough in all cracks and crevices where bed bugs, eggs and other particles are hiding. Spray and scrub all hard surfaces with a good brush or disposable rag.

7 steps for bed bug control.

  1. Clean their hiding places. Wash bedding, curtains and clothing on the hottest wash cycle, and dry them on high in the tumble dryer for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Dry-scrub mattresses with a brush, working into the seams to remove the bugs and their eggs.
  3. Vacuum both the mattress and the carpet thoroughly. Dispose of the vacuum cleaner contents in a sealed bag in the outside bin.
  4. Use steam cleaners, the type used to remove wrinkles from curtains, to kill bed bugs and their eggs.
  5. Inspect the rest of the affected room thoroughly. Bed bugs have been known to set up home in and under bedside tables and lamps, under rugs, and in plug outlets.
  6. Repair any cracks in the walls, fill gaps around skirting boards, to minimise the places where bed bugs can hide.
  7. If DIY measures don’t do the trick, contact a pest control company.

They start out as an egg that is laid by an adult. A female Cimicidae produces as many as three to eight eggs at a time, totaling almost 500 eggs. If someone has been bitten hundreds of times, it may cause the person to suffer from urticaria or erythematous rashes, and, in severe cases, it can cause anemia and anaphylactic shock.

One remedy for bites is to mix baking soda and water. Firstly, thoroughly wash your skin with antibacterial soap and water. Once cleaned and dried with a clean towel, just combine the water and baking soda to form a thick paste, and apply to the affected areas. Once the paste dries, you will notice that the itching and the pain have subsided. You can also use a crushed aspirin with water to make a paste to reduce the swelling. However, if the baking soda paste and the aspirin paste don’t help you, you can try calamine lotion, cortisone cream, and creams which contain pramoxine to relieve the itching and pain from the bites.

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