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Bedbugs: The Life of a Mini-Monster

How many times have you said the common bedtime saying “Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite!” The common bed time saying is becoming a real concern for households.

Here’s a look at the life of this pesky insect.

Bedbug facts

  • Bedbugs are small, oval insects that feed by sucking blood from humans or animals. Bedbugs do not fly.
  • Bedbugs can live anywhere in the home. They can live in cracks in furniture or in any type of textile, including upholstered furniture. They are most common in beds, including the mattress, box springs, and bed frames.
  • Bedbugs are most active at night. They may bite any exposed areas of skin while you’re sleeping. Common locations for bedbug bites are the face, neck, hands, and arms.
  • A bedbug bite is painless and is generally not noticed. The bites may be mistaken for a rash of another cause. Small, flat, or raised bumps on the skin are the most common sign. Symptoms include redness, swelling, and itching.
  • Typically, no treatment is required for bedbug bites. If itching is severe, steroid creams or oral antihistamines may be used for symptom relief.

What health risks do bed bugs pose?

A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs of the bite, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention.

So there you have it self-care lovers – a little knowledge can go a long way in helping you sleep tight and avoid those bed bug bites.