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Bed bugs have been observed to be bothering families more and more. Not just because of the news they are coming across every now and then on how bites can turn serious after a plane ride or hotel stay, but also conversations around on how this epidemic just keep coming back to infest the home.
Singapore as an international business hub means the incoming and outgoing traffic is rising and with the lifestyle of locals today, leisure trips and even staycations are also on trend. Given this rise, the cross infestation and transporting these bed bugs around are also rising.
Here are some facts to know before you begin to explore bed bug treatment options with your local pest control company in Singapore.
1. Bed bugs can be found almost everywhere
The term “bed bug” is somewhat a misnomer, suggesting that these creatures only thrive in mattresses and bedding materials. Because they are as thin as an apple seed, bed bugs can actually be found in any piece of furniture or any parts of your home furnishing. Their tiny sizes make it possible for them to even hide in innocent crevices, only coming out at night to feed. This includes furnishings that never come across as a spot to take note of such as carpets or rugs, curtain drapes and edges, or any possible edges and corners of your couches or sofa.
Contrary to popular belief, discarding an infested mattress alone does little to eradicate bed bugs. Imagine this: hundreds of blood-sucking creatures lurking in different parts of the house. What’s worse is they don’t stay in one place. Bed bugs tend to cross-infest and spread in your home pretty quickly as they crawl or being carried on by yourself from room to room. Doesn’t this scare you?
2. Bed bugs feed on your blood in a pain-free manner
Pain-free blood extraction is great at the doctor’s, especially for those of us afraid of needles. But the idea isn’t as great when it comes to bed bugs.
Because bed bugs inject anaesthetics and anti-coagulants when they feed, blood flows painlessly and smoothly. This means that hosts (usually human) are made unaware of the bite, allowing bed bugs to continue feasting in peace.
Thus, if an entire infestation’s worth of bed bugs feeds at night, one would wake up to find multiple spots all over the body. This can be a rude, even traumatising shock – especially after a peaceful night’s rest. The scary part is, because they only come out at night, and they attack us off guard when we are asleep!
3. Bed bugs leave ugly marks on the skin
For anyone who has experienced chicken pox, he or she would know how unsightly spots can be. In a case of an infestation, bed bug bites would be found all the body, especially on the legs and hands.
These marks can be psychologically damaging if a “bite” feels insecure around others. Furthermore, these marks can be itchy, which may result in persistent scratching and subsequent scarring of the skin in severe cases or should infection arise.
4. Bed bug bites can cause serious damage
Although bed bugs are not known to spread diseases to humans, they can still cause internal damage due to their blood-sucking nature. Apart from anaemia, there are common illnesses caused by bed bugs that can surely affect our daily lives.
Minor as it may seem, but bed bug infestation can have health dangers which lead to infection from scratches, allergic reaction to bites, sleep deprivation, and even stress. This can subsequently result in fatigue, dizziness and shortness of breath during exercise.
In extremely rare cases, bites may even cause anaphylactic reactions. These are serious allergic reactions that are rapid in onset and include symptoms like tongue swelling, shortness of breath and low blood pressure. If unresolved in time, anaphylactic reactions can result in death.
5. Bed bugs feed on pets as well
Typically, bed bugs prefer feeding on humans simply because it is easier to do so. This is because bed bugs are not bioengineered to move through thick fur and hair.
However, there are always exceptions. If there is an infestation – as opposed to a small cluster – then it is possible for bed bugs to prey on pets as well. Mammalian pets thus form an alternative food source for overcrowded infestations.
But what’s more scary is that it doesn’t end on bed bugs. A pest infestation on your pets can also lead to more insects around such as fleas and ticks.
Because bed bugs are not known to spread diseases to humans, they are generally harmless – except in rare cases. By and large, its effects are psychological: one’s self-esteem can take a hit when an infestation’s worth of bites marks appear on the body. But the more traumatic outcome is spending loads of investment in replacing furniture, luxurious curtains, bed sets and having them replaced again because of recurring infestation.
And even after you have cleared the infestation or recovered from the bite marks, can you truly believe that they are no longer there? It’s best to seek help from experts to learn why they keep on coming back to invade homes.
Explore bed bug treatment options with Rentokil Singapore today.