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How To Tell If You Have A Bed Bug Bite

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

I guess the better question would have to be – How Do I Know If I Have A Bed Bug Bite?

Everyone wants to get a good night’s sleep. In fact, I have never met someone who doesn’t want to sleep well and feel well rested when they wake up. Some people aren’t able to get a good night’s sleep because their bed is completely infested with bed bugs. That’s right. Bed bugs aren’t some myth or old folktale. Here is a look at a typical bed bug:

Bed bugs, or cimes lectularius, are tiny, wingless insects. These bugs are found all over the world. In fact, there really isn’t a place where bed bugs aren’t. Bed bugs are nocturnal parasites. These means they are active during the nighttime in finding a human host. Bed bugs usually sleep during the day and feast on human hosts at night. Mattresses are the perfect house for bed bugs because there is always a source of food for them there.

Are you ready to learn more about bed bugs? Bed bugs have highly developed mouths. They use these mouths to
pierce human flesh and suck blood from human hosts. Usually, the bite itself is painless. In fact, often times the human host doesn’t recognize that they have bed bug bites for quite some time.

So, how do you know if you’ve been bitten by bed bugs? What do their bite marks look like? If you find large wheels or red marks, you have bed bugs. The red marks may only last for a few days. Chances are too that these marks are made in orderly rows. Mosquito bites are random but bed bug bites are usually strategic. Like mosquito bites, bed bug bites can also itchy. If you think you might be victim to bed bugs, try and find the bugs yourself or see a specialist (bed bugs like to hide in tiny cracks and crevices).

So what can you do to prevent bed bugs? Use a mattress cover.

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Mattress covers are cheap and go a long way in preventing bed bugs, dust mites and other unwanted creatures. Mattress covers are usually hypoallergenic and prevent all forms of bed bugs. Usually, you can even wash your mattress covers. If you want to make sure that you aren’t sleeping with thousands of bed bugs, the best thing you can do is use a mattress cover. You can stay safe and your mattress will last a lot longer.

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