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Do you have bed bug bites? Bed bugs may be small but they are extremely terrible. They lurk around the most common places in your household until a supply becomes available. They can cause damage not only to your home décor and furnishings but also to your health, including skin rashes, psychological effects such as anxiety and insomnia, and other allergic symptoms. These oval insects have flat bodies and can sometimes be mistaken as ticks or small cockroaches. They feed by sucking blood from human or animals.
When you get bitten by a bed bug, you will usually see a small, flat, or raised bumps on your skin. These bumps may also include redness, swelling, and itching. A bedbug bite may be painless and can be unnoticeable at first. It looks like a normal rash that can be caused by something else.
Favorable temperatures for bed bugs are between 70F to 80F. This allows them to develop into adults most rapidly where they can produce up to three generations per year. But let’s keep that from happening, shall we?
Other than blood, here are some of the things that attract bedbugs and what you can do to eradicate their numbers.
1 Carbon Dioxide
It’s not you, it’s what you exhale. Bed bugs are generally attracted to human beings simply because we produce carbon dioxide. They tend to find the largest concentration of carbon dioxide in a room and hang out there.
Most bed bugs climb your bed when you are sleeping, and basically, set up a camp. When you sleep, you only have minimal movements which trap the carbon dioxide around you in a cloud. This attracts bed bugs more than anything else. And since they come out at night, it makes it even harder to identify them and we could get bitten unnoticed.
It’s recommended to introduce fresh air around the room with good ventilation. A plant that also releases carbon dioxide should be place in the garden or balcony instead. You can also cover your expose skin with a quilt or a blanket. In this way, you won’t be an instant target.
High temperature makes them comfy. More than dirt and grime, these night crawlers are more attracted to warmth. And since human beings generate heat and warmth, bedtime is like a gold mine of warmth for bed bugs. This also explains why the surroundings of our beds, especially the head board, have the highest risk of bug infestation are in the room.
However, high temperature can help eradicate bed bugs. You can use heat when washing your bed sheets and pillow cases as additional protection to ensure no bugs are left Scott-free. Lethal temperatures for bed bugs range from 117 F to 122 F. It’s important to make sure that adequate and proper treatments are used, heat steamers, and spray with high efficacy chemical.
3 Dark Bed Sheets
Bed bugs are accustomed to a dark environment. Most bedbugs are attracted to dark colours because it mimics the darkness that they prefer. They tend to prefer red or black colours, not because it has the color of blood but because it looks like other adult bed bugs after a blood meal. The colour red has become their security blanket.
Using light colors for your bed sheets like green, yellow, and white not only helps to brighten and freshen up the room, but also help minimize as an attractant to these hungry bugs. Tip: It is also easier to spot potential signs of bed bugs with the contrasting colour between the light sheets and blood stains or physical presence of bed bugs!
4 Dirty Laundry
Big, small, dark, or light – it doesn’t matter. For as long as there is a pile of dirty clothes in your hamper (or on your floor), it attracts pests by crawling under these stacks.
In the absence of a human host, bed bugs tend to seek soiled laundry as a hive. The mountain of laundry on your bedroom floor can be the starting point of a bed bug’s journey across the entire room. In any case, dirty laundries carry germs and bacteria which are harmful for your health and unhygienic for you to sleep and rest in at night, so it’s good to kill these bad housekeeping habits.
What to do now?
There are plenty of reasons and ways to get rid of and prevent bed bugs, like protecting your bed and mattresses, avoiding buying used clothing or furniture, vacuuming as much as possible, maintaining proper ventilation, and cleaning out the clutter in your home. It’s also best to be familiar with the common hot spots where bed bugs are likely to appear. Early detection and prompt actions minimize risk impact level!
It is also helpful to learn on how they may get transported back to your home after a work or leisure trip. In this way, you can prevent the infestation of these sneaky pests in your home.
And just like deterring other pests, there are numerous DIY ways to eliminate bed bugs through sprays and deterrent tools. Bed bugs are not only the most-challenging pest to control but they are also the most stubborn. They reproduce in volumes and an infestation can turn into an outbreak quite easily and quickly.
It is still best to have a professional conduct proper inspection and deliver the right and adequate treatments to remove them to avoid further damage to your health.
After all, everyone deserves to sleep tight without the bed bugs that bite.
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