The Modern Mom
August 7, 2013
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Many of you, when growing up, heard the phrase “don’t let the bed bugs bite.” This cute little rhyme, along with the one about cradles crashing through trees, was supposed to help you get to sleep. As a child, you may have questioned your parents about bud bugs and been told not to worry about it; but bed bugs are a worry throughout the world, and, more recently, in the United States. If you suspect that you have bed bugs, you should call your landlord or (if you own the home) call a reputable bed bug exterminator in NYC, or wherever you live, whatever you do, make sure to get rid of bed bugs permanently, it’s for your own health.

What Is a Bed Bug?

Bed bugs are blood sucking parasites that feed off you while you sleep. They are flat, typically small (less than a centimeter) and can survive for months without feeding. The clinical name for a bed bug is cimex lectularius, though there is nothing hilarious about these creatures. They are named for the fact that they seem to infest areas close to where people sleep, and not only inside the beds. These insidious insects hide in dressers, behind wallpaper, and under discarded items on the floor. They are dark red in color and also feed on animals.

What Is the Effect of Being Bitten by a Bed Bug?

Thankfully, bed bugs are not known to carry any diseases, though being bitten by them can cause skin irritation and loss of sleep. While they are not poisonous, several bed bug bites may warrant some medical attention if the person bitten shows an allergic reaction to the bites. Sometimes, it is difficult to know you are being bitten at night, since the bites do not show up on some people. The bed bugs inject a sort of anesthesia into the body to disguise the bite, but, much like a mosquito or a flea bite, a bite will usually show some mark. Applying a salve to the bite will alleviate the associated itching, but getting rid of bed bugs requires a professional.

What Are the Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation?

The major sign of an infestation are the bite marks that appear on your body after you’ve slept. These bite marks can take up to two weeks to show, and when they do, it may be impossible to categorically state that they come from bed bugs and not from other insects such as fleas or mosquitoes. Other signs that you have a bed bug problem include: the presence of the bed bugs’ exoskeletons after molting, finding bed bugs in the sheets, rust colored blood spots that indicate the bed bugs fecal matter, and a sweet sort of musty odor that accompanies the presence of bed bugs, if you feel like your home is infested by these insects don’t doubt on calling the Schaumburg pest control (http://www.bigfootpestcontrol.com/) right away.

If you are still unsure, you can call a professional bed bug exterminator in NYC, or in most other major cities in the United States; it is the only way to make sure the bed bugs don’t bite.

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