Waking up with itchy, red bites is no way to start your day. If you’ve been wondering what’s getting you at night, there’s one common answer: the bed bug.
While they are annoying and can cause some discomfort, the team of pest control heroes at Clegg’s is well equipped in helping you take back your home. We’ll go over some bed bug facts and tell you how you can best eliminate them and get your good night of sleep back, but you can always call us at 888-MRCLEGG for more information or to schedule a free inspection with a member of our team.
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
If one (or two) of these nocturnal insects found you in the night, you probably woke up with red bites that are on your neck, arms, or legs and in clusters or lines. They will be red, slightly swollen, and probably itchy.
Why Are Bed Bug Bites Itchy?
When a bed bug bites you, it releases an anesthetic and anticoagulant (gross, we know) through its beak when it bites you. This allows the bed bug to get its meal before you start to itch. Your body will release histamines to combat the foreign substances, which is the reason the bite with swell and become irritated.
How Can I Treat a Bed Bug Bite?
If you or someone you know has bed bug bites and is suffering an allergic reaction, take proper action. However, if you’re just itchy, there are a couple remedies you can try. Aloe vera is a great substance that can soothe the irritated area, while antihistamines should be taken to combat the itchiness and swelling. Keep an eye out for excessive itching, which can lead to infection.
How Did I Get Bed Bugs?
There are many ways you can get bed bugs, and none of the mean you’re not clean! Bed bugs travel in a variety of ways, hitching rides on clothing, paper bags, in boxes, and in luggage. If you were recently given furniture from someone who used it previously, bed bugs could have come in on that. Have you traveled recently? This is another easy way bed bugs are spread.
If you’ve recently moved, bed bugs may be leftover stragglers in your house from the last group who lived there. They can be difficult to eliminate entirely, especially if you try to treat them yourself, and bed bugs can linger around for periods of time.
How Can I Get Rid of Bed Bugs?
If you’re ready to show bed bugs the door, call a licensed pest control professional. Here at Clegg’s Pest Control, we use the latest techniques and solutions to locate all bed bugs and eliminate them from the property. We even have two bed bug detection dogs that help us find their hiding spots so that we can fully treat the infestation the first time!
As a family owned and operated business, we are proud to serve customers throughout North Carolina with exceptional, friendly service. If you’re ready to get a good night’s sleep, call us at 888-MRCLEGG today.