Bedbugs are insects that feed on your exposed skin and will often bite the areas of your body that are not protected from the elements. This includes the arms, legs, neck, and hands. In some cases, they can bite your face as well. These bugs are most commonly found in your mattress or on bedding in your home. They are small and can be found in the corners of your mattress and can be difficult to see.
The bites of bedbugs are usually itchy. Intense itching may require the application of a topical steroid or a prescription antihistamine. If the bites are accompanied by hives, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. Bedbug bites can also be very painful.
The best way to get rid of bedbugs is to prevent them from entering your home. First, you should wash any used clothing you bring home. If you are staying at a hotel, check the seams of your mattress for any signs of excrement that might be bedbugs. It is also important to place your luggage on tables or dressers to keep your belongings dry.
While bedbugs live for months without a meal, they react to temperature changes. The lower their temperature, the more they slow down their metabolism. This allows them to conserve energy. In fact, bedbugs can survive for a year without feeding if the temperature drops below 55 degrees Fahrenheit. They are also highly mobile and can travel from one location to another through your luggage. Because of this, getting rid of bed bugs is very difficult.