Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) cause an irritating and painful rash called ‘charcot’s hypersensitivity’. These tiny nocturnal parasites can also cause allergic skin reactions in sensitive individuals. Their presence can also lead to secondary infections such as bacterial pemphigus, impetigo or spreading fungal infections like tinea cruris or tinea corporis (commonly known as ‘ringworm). Read on for more details about this revolting creature and how to recognize the signs of an infestation.
Can Bed Bugs Get In Your Private Parts?
Bed bugs are small parasitic insects that bite humans and animals to feed on their blood. They are not known to transmit any diseases, but their bites can be very itchy and irritating. Bed bugs are most often found in mattresses, bed frames, and headboards, but they can also be found in other furniture, such as couches and chairs. If you think you may have bed bugs, it is important to inspect your entire body for bites, not just your private parts, but your face, neck, arms and legs.
Where Do Bed Bugs Hide?
- In cracks and crevices in the mattress, box spring, headboard, under a mattress or other furniture.
- In the folds of curtains and window shades.
- Behind baseboards and wallpaper.
- On pictures/frames/frames placed on walls or other objects on walls.
- Under loose wallpaper (check behind wall coverings).
- In electrical outlets.
- On and around electrical cords, phone lines and wires.
- Behind baseboards, wall joints, carpet edges, baseboards, headboard posts and inside the back of furniture.
- In cracks in the window sill, around picture frames.
- In the crevices of night stands and door frames.
- On ceiling fans or light fixtures (check behind them).
- Behind walls or under floors in hallways and other dark areas near your bed.
- In cracks and crevices in walls.
- Behind baseboards, baseboards in corners, around picture frames and in the crevices of floor boards.
- In the corners of ceilings and walls.
- Behind pictures on the wall or inside picture frames.
- In electrical outlets and other electrical fixtures (such as water heaters).
How To Know If You’ve Got Bed Bugs?
- Bed bugs are small, flat, reddish-brown insects about the size of an apple seed. They look like ticks and have a six-legged, oval shape with long, thin legs and a flat body. Bed bugs have strong hind legs that allow them to jump or climb up walls.
- Bed bugs can be found almost anywhere. They can be found in homes, hotels, apartments, dormitories and other places where people live and sleep. They can also be found in public buildings such as libraries and movie theaters. Bed bugs are attracted to warmth and carbon dioxide (40°F) emissions from human bodies at night (bedbugs do not bite people awake).
- Bed bugs can be found in all parts of the world and they live in close contact with their human hosts. They can survive for up to a year without feeding on humans. Bed bugs do not carry diseases, but they can cause allergic reactions. People can get allergic reactions from bed bug bites.
Bed Bug Bites: Are They Dangerous?
- Bites from bed bugs cause itching, redness, swelling and pain. If a bed bug bites you while you’re asleep its saliva doesn’t have time to take effect, so the bite is usually not noticed.
- You may notice a small welt or bite on your skin that quickly becomes numb and pale in appearance (called a “flat” itching).
- See a doctor if you have a rash or other symptoms that don’t go away after three days (call your doctor right away if you develop any symptoms of an allergic reaction).
- Rarely, bed bugs can bite and infect people with a serious skin infection, hepatitis, hemophilia or AIDS.
- Bed bug bites are not harmful if you don’t have an allergic reaction (see #3 above).
How To Get Rid Of Bed Bugs?
1. First, check your bed and other places where you sleep for signs of bed bugs. If you find any, get rid of them right away.
2. Seal up cracks and crevices where bugs might hide by filling them with caulk, expanding foam or spray foam.
3. Don’t leave clothes or other items that can hold bed bugs in your room when you travel. Bed bugs can live for weeks without feeding on a human host and can survive being washed in the machine or dryer (they can also be frozen).
4. Vacuum your room thoroughly at least twice a week to pick up any remaining bed bug eggs or adults hiding in cracks and crevices (you may need to vacuum multiple times if there are many hiding places). Vacuum all floors, furniture and curtains in your bedroom thoroughly at least once a week (you may need to vacuum multiple times if there are many hiding places).
5. You may want to put a sticky trap near the area where you have seen signs of bed bug activity to monitor it for at least one month after treatment has started (see below).
6. Be sure to follow the instructions on your pest control company’s label for treating bed bugs.
7. If you have a wood floor, be sure to treat the entire surface of the wood and not just where you have seen signs of bed bug activity. If you are not sure, call your pest control company and ask what type of treatment it recommends for your type of flooring.
Bed bugs are a common problem that can be difficult to get rid of. Make sure you know what to look out for if you suspect that you have an infestation. If you do, you must act quickly to prevent the problem from getting out of control. Follow the steps outlined in this article to identify and eliminate bed bugs. This is Why You Should Never Let a Bed Bug In Your Private Parts Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) cause an irritating and painful rash called ‘charcot’s hypersensitivity’ These tiny nocturnal parasites can also cause allergic skin reactions in sensitive individuals. Their presence can also lead to secondary infections such as bacterial pemphigus, impetigo or spreading fungal infections like tinea cruris or tinea corporis (commonly known as ‘ringworm) Read on for more details about this revolting creature and how to recognize the signs of an infestation.