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Bed Bugs (Overview)

Bed bugs are wingless blood-sucking insects that can be transported on clothing, luggage, second-hand furniture, and public transportation. Getting bit by a bed bug can result in skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms.


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I need help! How do I know if I have bed bugs flea bites or hives symptoms?

I need help! How do I know if I have bed bugs flea bites or hives symptoms?

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. Flea bites may be clustered ...Read more

Bed Bugs (Overview)

Bed bugs are wingless blood-sucking insects that can be transported on clothing, luggage, second-hand furniture, and public transportation. Getting bit by a bed bug can result in skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms.


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Dealing with Bed Bugs (Tip)

Dealing with Bed Bugs

Bed bugs typically bite at night. ...See more

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Dealing with Bed Bugs (Checklist)

Strip and vacuum the mattress and box springs
once
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 causes bed bugs in your bed?

What causes bed bugs in your bed?

Cimex lectularius: Or the bed bug is a parasite that is nocturnal. It hides in crevices during the day. At night it is attracted to the carbon dioxide that humans exhale as well the warmth emitted by our bodies. It comes out to feed on our blood - it can find you on your bed. If you sleep on a coach - it will find you there. The bug is transported on your clothing, luggage, used furniture etc. ...Read more

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Dealing with Bed Bugs (Tip)

Dealing with Bed Bugs

By encasing your box spring ; mattress, any bed bugs inside will die. ...See more

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How does bed bugs bite look like?

How does bed bugs bite look like?

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

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What are some bodily symptoms that can indicate you have bed bugs?

What are some bodily symptoms that can indicate you have bed bugs?

Bed bugs: I agree w dr. Bouvier. Since the bed bug bites may or may not be distinctive, i added some additional info. Here are some tell tale signs that your bites are being caused by bedbugs. First you may notice blood smears on your bedding (yes this is your blood). Remember that the blood smears usually turn black over time. Second you may see amber colored “shells” which occurs when the bed bug sheds. ...Read more

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Dealing with Bed Bugs (Tip)

Heat (not chemicals) kills bedbugs. If hefty infestation, have professionals steam them to death. ...See more