Bedbugs are a very common household pest, and they can spread quickly throughout your home. Infestations of bedbugs can be stressful for you and your family. The constant bites and damage to your bedsheets and curtains can be distressing. It can even affect your mental health, causing anxiety, insomnia, and health problems.
Bedbugs bite the skin by inserting a tiny amount of saliva into the skin. Their saliva irritates the skin and can cause allergic reactions in some people. Bedbug bites are not visible until they swell up, which can take up to 14 days to appear. They feed on blood from warm-blooded animals and will lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime.
Bedbug eggs are very difficult to detect with the naked eye, so a professional exterminator will use a magnifying glass or special goggles to detect them. They may also be present on your bedding or in upholstered furniture. The nymphs are the baby bugs of the bedbugs, which are approximately one millimeter long and white in color.
The bites of bedbugs can be itchy and red. Some people even get welts. However, others don’t have any symptoms at all, and may not even notice the bites. However, if you’re bitten, you can use corticosteroid cream to help soothe the itching. The bites will usually go away after a few weeks.