Bed Bugs: They’re Mini Vampires…

Just like bed bugs in the United States…

Here’s my second post in a series called “Bed Bugs: 12 Tips to Help You Sleep Easy.”  It’s also available as a free eBook on our Web Site at: www.LaruePest.com.

…vampires are resurging to epic proportions in pop culture.

It’s cool to be a vampire.

It’s cool to even be seen with a vampire. Just ask any thirteen year old reading Twilight or adult hooked on True Blood.

And while, from what we understand in vampire culture, vampires can be quite dangerous, they’re at least always, always, incredibly attractive.

That, unfortunately, cannot be said for bed bugs.

But wouldn’t it be a completely different story if the pests sharing your bed with you were irresistibly magically good-looking? That’s not the case here.

What do vampires and bed bugs have in common? One thing. Bed bugs bite and so do vampires.

But bed bugs do not look like this:

They look like this:

Now that expression “Don’t let the bed bugs bite” might really mean something to you. That’s what’s biting!

Ick.

So let’s chat bed bug bites.

The most observed bites are generally raised red bumps or flat welts accompanied by very intense itching as opposed to a vampire bite, which usually involves a love affair and some dramatic action.

Most observed bites consist of a raised red bump or flat welt, and are often accompanied by very intense itching. The red mark is the result of an allergic reaction to the anesthetic contained in the bed bug’s saliva, which is inserted into the blood of its victim.

Reactions to bed bug bites may appear indistinguishable from mosquito bites although they tend to last for longer periods.

People react differently to bed bugs, and individual responses vary with factors including skin type, environment, and the species of bug. This also means the presence of itchy welts cannot be used as the only indicator of a presence.

So while bites are the most obvious clue that you have bed bugs, it’s possible for an initial infestation within a household to be asymptomatic and go undetected.

In some rare cases, allergic reactions to the bites may cause nausea and illness. In a large number of cases, estimated to be fifty percent of all people, there is no visible sign of bites whatsoever, greatly increasing the difficulty of identifying and eradicating infestations.

And while bed bugs are not known for spreading disease like their BFF’s (best friends’ for life), the flea, bed bug bites in certain small percentage of individuals may cause anaphylactic shock.

In some cases, consistent bed bug bites can lead to anemia.

Since bed bugs lack the charm of, let’s just say, Robert Pattinson, take action!

Contact us online or give us a call at (800) 314-8813 if you think you might have bed bugs, and we’ll keep your home protected from those creatures of the bite.