Cimicidae, also known as Bed bugs, are tiny parasitic insects. Bed bugs are nocturnal insects, which means that they are most active at night time. This is mostly due to the fact that they make their nest in people’s beds and then feed on human blood as they sleep during the night. A bed bug bite looks exactly like a mosquito bite or a flea bite, but there are differences if you know what you’re looking for. They normally appear in small clusters and cause welts on the skin. Sometimes the bites become itchy, and given time, the bed bugs will feed off of the same area repeatedly causing the bites and the feeding area to become larger.
Scratching bed bug bites can lead to infection or other serious issues, such as MRSA, which is a very serious and painful condition of the skin and blood that is also highly contagious. Bed bug bites are often referred to as bed bug rash because it looks like a rash. The rash could last anywhere from a few days to a week or longer. The rash can be treated by running cold water over the affected area for immediate relief. And for a longer lasting treatment one could use a antiseptic lotion, antibiotic cream, hydro-cortisone, or antihistamine.
Bed bugs can be exterminated and completely gotten rid of, but it takes time and determination. First of all, you’ll need to contact an exterminator. You can do the exterminating yourself if you use the proper pesticides. The pesticides that have been found to be the most effective in getting rid of the bed bugs are Parathyroids, Dichlorvos, and Malathion. After you have thoroughly exterminated the entire house, you will need to either throw out every stitch of bedding and start over or wash and dry in a hot dryer all the bedding, curtains, pillows, area rugs, and other such items. Covering mattresses with zippered plastic bags will deter the pest in the future.