What are Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that tend to feed on human blood. Adult bed bugs are reddish-brown in color. Nymphs, or baby bed bugs, are clear in color, but appear bright red after they feed on human’s blood. They are flat, oval, and do not have wings. Bed bugs have microscopic hairs all over their bodies. They can grow as big as 4 to 7 millimeters, and as small as 1.5 millimeters. Bed bugs are often mistaken for ticks or small cockroaches.

Bed bugs are not only found in a human’s bed, but they can also be found in couches, chairs, rugs, curtains, and other places that humans are contact with. While bed bugs can be seen by the naked eye, then tend to hide in cracks and crevices.

Bed bugs are mainly active at night when people are normally sleeping. They bite any exposed skin while the person is sleeping. Normally, the person does not feel anything and don’t know that they have been bitten until the bite starts itching. Some signs that a person has been bitten by bed bugs are small red bumps, itching skin, and swelling. Some people don’t have any reaction to it or may even mistake the bedbug bites for other kinds of insect bites. Some other effects of bed bug bites are rashes, allergic reactions, psychological effects, and prominent blisters.

The only way to treat bites from bed bugs is basically to treat the symptoms caused by the bites such as the itching. One thing a person doesn’t have to worry about is that bed bugs have not been proven to carry any diseases such as HIV, HBV, and hepatitis B or C. While bed bugs aren’t normally harmful, they can be pesky little bugs. Contact a local pest control to find out how to prevent or get rid of bed bugs.