|Most bed bugs will not crawl in your ears. Since it is their nature to hide from you, they normally will only crawl on you to feed and then they will crawl back into hiding.|
Bed Bug Facts
Bed Bugs are small insects – the adult is no more than a quarter of an inch in size – that live on the blood of animals and, most often humans.
Although not able to fly the bed bug does retain the ability to move very quickly and is prone to rapid infestation as a result.
The Bed Bug spread is a widespread one, as these minuscule insects are believed to have come from their natural home in the Asian continent to the remainder of the globe.
It is far from unusual to have an infestation of Bed Bugs, but what is vital is that we know where they live, how to find them and what to do about them.
The female Bed Bug will lay eggs every day; as she can survive for extraordinary lengths of time – over a year – this results in a quick explosion of the Bed Bug population.
The bed bug is in action at night – when we are asleep – and the primary clue to the presence of Bed Bugs is the presence of marks on the skin in the morning.
The bed bug will feed during the night, and as it feeds on our blood it leaves behind marks of its presence.
A bed bug feeds by spearing the skin and pushing in a tube with which it sucks out the required blood, and therefore the victim will rarely be aware they are being bitten as they are generally asleep.
After feeding – which could cover as long as ten minutes – the Bed Bug leaves behind a red bite which might swell and will irritate continually, bringing irritation and discomfort to the sufferer.
The problem regarding diagnosis is that the indications of Bed Bugs are very similar to a number of other skin problems.
Scabies leaves behind very similar signs to bed bug infestation, and some insect bites such as mosquito can also result in a similar tell tale red welt.
Bed bug bites will generally be seen on skin that we leave exposed while we sleep – the arms and legs, face and neck are all commonly bitten – and it is to these areas we should be vigilant when looking for signs of the creatures.
The Bed Bug is a night active mite and it likes to feed on our blood; it also likes to stay out of sight and this is why it frequents our beds and furnishings.
Although the Bed Bug does not nest like many other insects, it does fall to suitable places, hence several will hide together in the crevasses of a mattress, the inside of covers and linings and any dark and secure places.
Bed Bugs are frequently brought into the home by those who have been abroad and have maybe slept on a number of unusual and frequently used beds.
A Bed Bug case is not usually a case of ill hygiene, however, as many hotels and guest houses have also been the source of cases.
Bed Bug infestations spread very rapidly; with one female creature laying around five eggs each day it is clear to see how quickly the colony can grow.
To remove Bed Bugs you also need to get rid of the affected mattress and any other things that may be home to the creatures.
As bed bugs are very small and almost impossible to find, eradicating all the eggs and creatures with off the shelf remedies may not be 100% successful.
During an infestation of bed bugs, all clothes, covers and linings that have been close to bugs – or could have been – have to be be thoroughly washed; if possible this needs to be done on the hottest setting possible to be sure to kill the bugs.
Last update: 02:41 PM Friday, March 20, 2009