For most of us, it seems impossible to detect signs of bed bugs until we are bitten. This is completely normal, since even the most meticulous cleaning can still miss the bed bugs signs. These parasites may not be small enough not to be seen by the naked eye, but they can be extremely good at hiding, which makes early detection a challenge. Even a seasoned bed inspector can miss bed bugs symptoms, especially if the infestation is still in its early stages. As a result, millions of people still have to fall victim to these parasites by having bed bug bites symptoms, before realizing their they have a bed bug.
It is however good to know that researches are still ongoing focusing on how to detect bed bugs. While concrete results are still not available, parasite experts recommend having accurate knowledge about bed bugs in order to easily find signs of bed bugs. One of the most common question asked about bed bug symptoms is “can you see bed bugs”?
Yes, it is possible for humans to see bed bugs. However, since live bugs are often clever at hiding, looking out for bug eggs and shells will make the detection a lot easier. Bed bug nymphs are constantly shredding prior to becoming adults, so there is a higher possibility of detecting any infestation through the shells that they shred. To make yourself more familiar with these elusive parasites, it would also help to look for pics of bed bugs online.
Can bed bugs fly?
Fortunately, they cannot which make it easier to actually trap them. This is also one of the reasons why these parasites thrive in either matrasses or couches since these are furniture that serve as god hiding and nesting place. As long as you keep the infested furniture away from other bug-free items in the house, it should be easy to find them in a single location.
Apart from visual detection of bed bug symptoms or signs, there are also tools that can help you to find bed bugs. Some of them work in an interesting way, too!
This device can be used to monitor and get rid of bed bugs. The device work as bed bug traps. It is simply placed at the foot of the bed or couch where bed bugs are anticipated to crawl up to the bed mattress.
How it works: These devices are also called passive interceptive device because of its mechanism of capturing bed bugs. The texture of the device permits bed bugs to climb to their next destination, where the food source is. However, towards the climb, the bed bugs will fall into a mini well, which prevents them from going anywhere near the bed or couch. The best part about the device is that it contains no toxic elements that can potentially harm humans or pets. It just needs to be placed near the food source in order to attract more mice towards the interceptive device.
One of the first and cheapest method of monitoring and detecting bed bugs are mattress encasements. Apart from being convenient bed covers, these encasements also prevent bed bugs from hiding further into the mattress or other nearby areas.
How it works: Commercially available encasements often come in plain white color, to purposely make it easier to find any marks of bed bugs. Encasing the mattress or couch limits the bed bugs’ hiding place, and increases your chances of finding them from the surface alone. The effectiveness of these encasements will work better with the usage of interceptive devices.
Quite interestingly, dogs can also detect low-infestation of bed bugs. This means that your dog may able to find what your eyes cannot. Unfortunately, this detection method is not as accurate and consistent as the other methods identified above.
What Causes Bed Bugs?
The reason for having bed bug infestation does not have clear start, but it is rarely associated with sanitation. Bed bugs only travel from one item to another, and they are often transferred in matrasses through clothes and luggage. This means that people who travel often may be more prone to bringing in bed bugs in their own home.
Purchasing of old furniture, particularly beds and sofa also increases the chances of having bed bugs at home. There is a higher chance that these hand me downs are already infested with bed bugs, that previous owners failed to detect.
Bed bugs also reproduce rapidly. In a span of two weeks, the number of bed bugs in your home can be doubled. This makes it possible for multiple house furniture to be infested, especially those that are located near each other. However, bed bugs are most likely to stay in areas where food sources are accessible. Unfortunately, it is only when a person acquires a bite that bed bug symptoms are realized.
Handling Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites symptoms are often confused with other bites like the more common and visible parasites like mosquitoes and cockroaches. This is also the reason why bed bugs are often left unnoticed in a typical household.
When trying to examine the symptoms, the usual question asked is “do bed bugs bite itch”? In most cases, bed bug bites are itchy and painful at the same time. There will also be a noticeable red swelling from the bite, which often affects the arms, shoulder, and legs, since bed bugs are only able to attack the exposed skin area of the body.
These bed bug bites are only itchy and irritating for one to two days and should eventually feel better after that. However, some people may also develop skin rashes or allergic reactions from the bite, which requires immediate medical attention. Other than these complications, bed bugs bites will not leave any serious disease on the affected person.
Most household owners will always start with visual inspection of bed bugs, and nothing is wrong with this. However, detection will be easier and faster if you incorporate other devices along the process, such as the interceptive device. Good luck, and make sure to have a contact number of the nearest pest/parasite control center in case things go out of hand.