If you suspect you have bedbugs but don’t see any bites, the first step is to check your bed. If there are signs of the insects, you can call a pest control technician to check it out. You can also check the inside of your elbows, knees, and lower body to make sure you have no infestation.
If you notice any bites, you can begin cleaning the room. If there is a heavy infestation, you’ll need to wash heavier bedding and use a high-heat setting to kill the eggs. You can also use a hand-steam cleaner to kill the bugs. If your room has any cracks or crevices, you’ll want to vacuum it thoroughly. You should also turn over the beds and any furniture to expose any cracks or crevices.
If the infestation is a major problem, it’s best to call a licensed pest control agent. While insect repellents may be effective for temporary relief, some of these chemicals are toxic to children, so make sure to learn about the ingredients used before using them. You can also try topical corticosteroid creams, which can help control itching.
Bedbug bites typically appear on the back of the neck, arms, legs, and shoulders. The bites look like mosquito or flea bites, and some people don’t even notice them. Others, however, develop big, itchy welts that take weeks to heal. You should also keep in mind that bedbug bites don’t always occur in clusters of three. The bites can appear on any part of your body exposed to the bugs.