Nothing is more annoying than to wake up in the middle of the night to find some creature sucking the life out of you. You would probably scream and squash the little devil to pieces. Bed bugs have remained the number one bed menace, followed by the mosquito. Recent surveys have actually shown that most of the population is more scared of bed bugs than mosquitoes.
Reports have however shown that most people cannot tell the difference between the bite from a mosquito and that from a bed bug. A number of bed bug news and reports are actually just mosquito bites misconstrued as bed bug news. Most people are just paranoid and psychologically fearful of bed bugs. But there is a vivid difference between the two bites.
Mosquito bites occur singly, become itchy almost immediately and they quickly disappear. Bed bug bites on the other hand occur in groups, take time to get itchy and often last long. Moreover, they can be accompanied by rashes and blood stains may be found on the bed sheets or blankets.
The little bastards can’t fly or jump. So, how do they manage to be such nightmares all over the globe? They crawl. That’s right, you can actually find the tiny insects fleeing if you are quick enough to respond to their bite. Squashing the bed bugs can actually release a lot of blood, as much as a drop. Being bitten by a couple of them, especially to an anemic person can be devastating. Also, who wants tiny little vampires sucking their blood out? No wonder they are such a scare. Fortunately, their bites are neither lethal nor spread diseases.
Where and How do People Get Bed Bugs?
There is an increasing number of reports on getting bed bugs on public vehicles, the subway and even in airplanes. Geez, now we can’t even safely sleep in our travels? Bed bug reports have been reported from flights from Newark Airport on the Air India flights. Pictures of the tiny beasts went viral on social media and a family that was traveling was actually interviewed by the Hindustan Times.
They reported that all the seats in the business class in Flight Air India 144 and when they reported to the crew, all they did was use bug spray. This aggravated the situation further. The Airline apologized on social media about the bed bug news and a few weeks later they were forced to completely ground all fights in order to eradicate the bed bugs.
There are several ways to eliminate a bed bug infestation in your house. The most basic is to avoid infested areas. Only use properly serviced public transport. Also avoid putting your suitcases on the floors in hotels. There is some truth to the known belief that bed bugs love dirty places.
Tidy Up: Step 1 in Bed Bug Prevention
So, properly clean and vacuum your house. Remember the tiny cracks on your floor boards and crevices in your bed, that is where the bugs like to hide. Include baking soda in your washing liquid, it repels bed bugs. You can call the exterminator if the infestation is heavy. Some bed bugs are quite difficult to eradicate and need intervention of a professional using extreme methods.
Also, lay something down that prevents bed bugs long term so that you’ll have that extra protection going forward. You can’t put a price on your peace of mind, but you shouldn’t have to pay hundreds or thousands.