Feeling itchy at night? Your bed could be to blame. Bed bug bites can go unnoticed, but for some people, the blood-sucking pests can leave a reaction that triggers aggressive itching and scratching for days.
The bugs are most active when you’re asleep at night and early in the morning.Many people encounter bed bugs in infested beds. The insects naturally live along the mattress piping. Almost all bed bug bites will leave you with some discomfort, typically itchiness and inflammation.
The good news is that bed bugs aren’t known to transmit diseases through their bites. Ouch!Once bitten by a bed bug, you may not feel the bite itself. You might feel the following, though:
- A raised itchy bump with a clear centre.
- A burning painful sensation.
- A red itchy bump with a dark centre and lighter swollen surrounding area.
- Small red bumps or welts in a zigzag pattern or a line.
- Small red bumps surrounded by blisters or hives.
- Small spots of blood from bites that have dried or stained onto your bed clothing or sheet.
In most cases, you’ll feel the symptoms immediately. Some of it clears up within a week. Some people may be hypersensitive to bites and come up with more serious symptoms.
These need medical attention:
- Difficulty breathing.
- Feeling nauseous or flu-like.
- Swollen tongue.
- Irregular heartbeat.
Get rid of bugs
If getting your bed professionally sprayed is out of your budget, try these remedies. Start by stripping your bed.
- Pop the bed linen directly into a double plastic bag, to reduce the chance of spreading the bugs.
- Wash bedding in hot water for at least 30 minutes and then dry at a high temperature for 30 minutes or hang outside. Seal and throw away the inner plastic bag when you put the linen in the washer.
- Vacuum the base and mattress of the bed.
- Throw away the contents of the vacuum cleaner outside, into a sealable plastic bag.
Make sure the bed frame is free of bugs by spraying it with a pesticide. If you discover bedbugs in your home, spray insecticide and vacuum your bedding and furniture thoroughly. Keep doing this daily and be on the lookout for tiny brown bugs or pieces that may be part of the bug. Reducing clutter in your home will also help prevent bug infestation. Bugs can hide in boxes too. If you are bitten by bedbugs, wash the area with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Apply anti-itch cream to prevent irritation and scratching. See a doctor if a bite becomes warm to the touch, swells or hurts.