Are The Bed Bugs Biting?

Jim's Termite & Pest ControlCommon 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:

  • Inside beddingJim's Termite & Pest Control
  • Bed frames
  • Bedside furniture
  • Picture frames
  • Behind wall paper
  • In cracks and crevices
  • In other parts of the room that will provide them with protection such as edges of rugs and in wooden slats

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:

  • The appearance of localised itchy, swollen, and reddish-coloured skin lesions which may look like flat welts or raised bumpsJim's Termite & Pest Control
  • The lesions can be found in clusters or in a linear pattern
  • Bed bug bites are usually painless and may even go unnoticed. The lesions will also go away after a week or two.

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:

  • Tightness in the throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Feelings of dizziness or faintingJim's Termite & Pest Control
  • Itchy rash all over the body
  • Redness spreading around the site of the bed bug bite

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.

For all of your Bed Bug Control needs, Call Jim’s Termite & Pest Control on 131 546 or simply Request A Free Quote now!

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