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What is the difference between chiggers and bed bug bites?

What is the difference between chiggers and bed bug bites?

Chigger vs bed bug: Chigger's bites often have a small red in the center of a welt & occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, beltline, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What. ...Read more

Bed Bugs (Definition)

The bed bug is a parasite that is nocturnal. It can be transported on your clothing, luggage, second hand furniture etc. You can even get it using public transportation. It can go up to a year without feeding, so that allows it to just sit and wait until it catches a ride on something or someone. If you live in an apartment complex it may move from one unit to another. It ...Read more

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What medicine is recommended for bed bug bites?

What medicine is recommended for bed bug bites?

Bed Bugs: Oral or topical antihistamines for itchy bites. If you develop a skin infection from scratching bedbug bites, your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic. Your best bet may be to hire a professional exterminator, who may use a combination of pesticides and nonchemical treatments. ...Read more

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Dealing with Bed Bugs (Checklist)

Strip and vacuum the mattress and box springs
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Encase your mattress and box spring in bed bug mattress protectors
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Apply insecticide to the frame and headboard of your bed
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Place "bed bug interceptors" under the feet of your bed frame
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What do bed bug bites looklike?

What do bed bug bites looklike?

Here's a link: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/picture-of-bedbugs. ...Read more

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I have questions about bed bug bites.

I have questions about bed bug bites.

Bed bug bites: Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensitive blisters may occur. Telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders,neck & legs. You can > ...Read more

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Dealing with Bed Bugs (Checklist)

Call a professional exterminator
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Remove all cloth from home; replace it, or use bleach and high heat
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Watch for repeat infestations
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Read more on bedbugs from sites like http://www2.epa.gov/bedbugs/bed-bug-information-clearinghouse
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What are bed bug bites like?

What are bed bug bites like?

Bed bug bites may: Ause no sx's or signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there is a reaction, it may not show for several days after bed bug has bitten. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions which are clear in center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. ...Read more

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How do you treat bed bug bites?

How do you treat bed bug bites?

Bed bug bites: The bites themselves are not self-perpetuating and they do not spread, but they are sometimes extremely itchy. Antihistamines can be used for the itch, as well as topical creams like cortisone 10. If a person is very sensitive and the reactions are unusually severe, oral steroids could be used, but these are not often needed. http://www.medicinenet.com/bed_bugs/article.htm. ...Read more

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Dealing with Bed Bugs (Checklist)

If you suspect bedbug bites, de-clutter your house and get rid of them
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Encase clothes, bed linen, curtains any linen in plastic bag and seal.
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wash all clothing,etc in highest temperature and dry in highest heat.
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Anything that cannot be washed should be steam cleaned.
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Sythoms of bed bug bites?

Sythoms of bed bug bites?

Bed bugs: Itchy, punctated rash usually worse upon arising. ...Read more

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Chiggers (Definition)

'chiggers' is an itchy rash casue by the bite of an immature (larval) stage of a mite. The mite secrets chemicals which trigger an intense itchy reaction from humans. The larvae do not burrow under skin but rather secret chemicals to help digest skin. The mites are found in tall grass at the edges of forests. Wear long clothing & use ...Read more

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