Common Signs And Symptoms
Several countries, including Australia, the UK, and the USA, were able to completely eliminate their bed bug problems about 50 years ago. However, with the popularity of international travel, these pests have once again found their way in various countries which, of course, includes Australia.
In Australia, bed bugs can be found in hotels, gyms, offices, movie theatres, shelters, public transportation vehicles, and other places with a high-occupant turnover. You can accidentally take them home from such places since the critters will hitch a ride on your clothes or shoes or in your bags or luggage. Used furniture, clothes, and bags usually harbour bed bugs as well so be careful of buying these items.
Once these pests are in your home, they will hide during the day and come out to feed at night. Their preferred hiding places include:
Signs and Symptoms of Bedbug Bites
It can be hard to know if you have bed bugs in your home since they are active at night – when you are sleeping. If you are asking, “Are the bed bugs biting?”, here are the common signs and symptoms of their bites:
In most cases, no treatment is needed for bedbug bites. Medical practitioners can recommend steroid creams or oral antihistamines for symptom relief if the itching and discomfort is severe. Patients can also be recommended to follow some home remedies to control itching such as oatmeal baths or cool compresses.
In some instances, a person may show severe symptoms of an allergic reaction to a bedbug bite. These symptoms include:
In such cases, the patient needs to see a doctor or be taken to the hospital immediately.
Although most cases of bed bug bites are not dangerous and life-threatening, repeated bites can still cause a lot of discomfort and inconvenience. If you want a home that is bed bug-free for your health, safety, and peace of mind, have your property inspected by professionals regularly.
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