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Identifying Bed Bug Bites: Symptoms and Treatments

Identifying Bed Bug Bites: Symptoms and Treatments

Have you ever experienced waking up in the morning with an annoying bite that didn’t seem to come from anywhere? If so, it’s possible that these bites are coming from bed bugs. Bed bug bites don’t just occur in unwashed sheets or under dirty mattresses, they can appear suddenly and spread quickly without much warning. It is essential to know the signs and symptoms of bed bug bites as well as how to treat them if they’re found on your skin. In this blog post, we will discuss the symptoms and treatments of bed bug bites.

Do Bed Bugs Carry Diseases?

Bed bugs do carry pathogens on their bodies, including more than 45 types of bacteria. However, while they are known to carry these pathogens, there is no substantial evidence to show that they can transmit diseases to humans through their bites. Most medical positions suggest that even though bed bugs carry disease organisms, they are not known to cause disease transmission.

Most people will not be affected by bed bug bites. Most of the population does not experience any reaction to the bite whatsoever, so fortunately, an infestation is usually more of a nuisance. However, it’s important to note that some people are allergic to bed bug bites, which can produce an uncomfortable and sometimes severe skin reaction.

What are the Symptoms of Bed Bug Bites?

The most common symptom of a bed bug infestation is itchy, red bites on the skin, which typically appear in lines or clusters. These bites can sometimes cause a rash or welts and may become swollen. In addition to physical symptoms, bed bugs can also cause psychological distress, including anxiety and insomnia. Signs of an infestation include dark spots on bedding or mattresses (which are bed bug excrement), shed skins, and a musty odour. If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to contact a professional pest control service as soon as possible.

Bed Bug Bites Treatments

Bed bug bites usually do not require any specific treatment and tend to heal on their own within a week or two. However, they can cause discomfort and itching. Over-the-counter creams and ointments like hydrocortisone can help alleviate itchiness and irritation. Antihistamines may also be used to reduce allergic reactions. A doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if the bites become infected due to scratching. In rare cases, if a person has a severe allergic reaction to bed bug bites, they may need professional medical treatment. It’s important to remember that treating the bites does not solve the underlying infestation problem, so professional pest control measures are necessary to fully deal with bed bugs.

Contact Willis Pest Control

At Willis Pest Control, we are specialists in providing expert pest control solutions across Birmingham and the Midlands. For help in dealing with Bed Bugs, pleas e do not hesitate to get in touch with our expert Willis Pest Control team, give us a call at 0121 588 5258 or 07305 518033.