Bites!! I must have bed bugs??

Posted on: October 22, 2013 12:40 pm
Tags: Bed bug bites

Hi Guys:

About 20 per cent of the inspections that we do can be described as false alarms. 

The typical senario begins with a call from someone that has some mysterious bites that are itchy and look very suspecious.  This may be exacerbated by a recent event - like going on a trip or having a guest visit.  Combined, this produces a fear that they have bed bugs.  For now, lets focus on the bites.

The Bed Bug Handbook (The Complete Guide to Bed Bugs and Their Control) by Pinto & Associates, Inc., gives a very detailed description of bed bug bites.  Please forgive the blatant plagiarism.

They write: "It is difficult to tell whether a red mark, bump, or wheal on the skin was caused by a bed bug.  For one thing, bed bug bite reactions vary from person to person.  For another, a wide range of insects, spiders, chiggers, or other arthropods produce similar bite reactions, and a number of medical conditions, especially fungal skin conditions, can mimic insect bites.  Misdiagonoses are common even by physicians.  Bed bug bites are identified as scabies, chicken pox, or allergic reactions, while mosquito bites are identified as bed bug bites. Although bed bug bite reactions will often appear as two or more bites in a row, this characteristic by itself can not be used to confirm that the bites were caused by bed bugs.

Bed bug bites usually present some of the characteristics listed below, at least when there is enough of a reaction for the bite to be visible, (But keep in mind that these characteristics are common to other kinds of bites and conditions):

.   Often appears as a wheal: a slightly reddish lump or swelling (urticaria), often more than 3/8" across.

.   Can also form a blister.

.   May be secondary bacterial infection caused by scratching the bite resulting in pus, swelling, inflammation, and pain.

.   Typically no red spot at the center as with fleas or black flies (although multiple bites at the same sitye may produce a blood spot).

.   Most common on arms, shoulders, and neck, but may occur elsewhere including on the face.

.   Bites rarely occur on the palms or soles of the feet (although scabies commonly occurs there).

.   Often a series of bites in a straight line, or in a triangle (as with fleas).

.   Bites often itch, ranging from moderate to intense, typically lasting from a few hours to a few days.

The only way to confirm that bites were caused by bed bugs is to conduct an inspection and find specimens of bed bugs, or other evidence of an active infestation.

People who are bitten repeatedly often exhibit a progressive sensitivity to bites typical for exposure to allergens.  Various bite reactions are possible, which may depend on the biting intensity and frequency.  The most common reactions include (1) no reaction, (2) an immediate reaction from one hour to one day later and lasting 1-2 days.  Anaphylactic reactions to bed bug bites also have been reported.  Some people may exhibit more than one type of reaction to a bed bug bite.

Bed bug bites can create considerable anxiety.  People who are repeatedly bitten may develop nervous behavior, agitation, and sleeplessness".

So, what is the best thing to do if you think you've been bitten by bed bugs.  Don't panic, but don't ignore the situation either.

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Bites!! I must have bed bugs??

Posted on: October 18, 2013 11:00 am
Tags: Bed bug bites

Hi Guys:

About 20 per cent of the inspections that we do can be described as false alarms. 

The typical senario begins with a call from someone that has some mysterious bites that are itchy and look very suspecious.  This may be exacerbated by a recent event - like going on a trip or having a guest visit.  Combined, this produces a fear that they have bed bugs.  For now, lets focus on the bites.

The Bed Bug Handbook (The Complete Guide to Bed Bugs and Their Control) by Pinto & Associates, Inc., gives a very detailed description of bed bug bites.  Please forgive the blatant plagiarism.

They write: "It is difficult to tell whether a red mark, bump, or wheal on the skin was caused by a bed bug.  For one thing, bed bug bite reactions vary from person to person.  For another, a wide range of insects, spiders, chiggers, or other arthropods produce similar bite reactions, and a number of medical conditions, especially fungal skin conditions, can mimic insect bites.  Misdiagonoses are common even by physicians.  Bed bug bites are identified as scabies, chicken pox, or allergic reactions, while mosquito bites are identified as bed bug bites. Although bed bug bite reactions will often appear as two or more bites in a row, this characteristic by itself can not be used to confirm that the bites were caused by bed bugs.

Bed bug bites usually present some of the characteristics listed below, at least when there is enough of a reaction for the bite to be visible, (But keep in mind that these characteristics are common to other kinds of bites and conditions):

.   Often appears as a wheal: a slightly reddish lump or swelling (urticaria), often more than 3/8" across.

.   Can also form a blister.

.   May be secondary bacterial infection caused by scratching the bite resulting in pus, swelling, inflammation, and pain.

.   Typically no red spot at the center as with fleas or black flies (although multiple bites at the same sitye may produce a blood spot).

.   Most common on arms, shoulders, and neck, but may occur elsewhere including on the face.

.   Bites rarely occur on the palms or soles of the feet (although scabies commonly occurs there).

.   Often a series of bites in a straight line, or in a triangle (as with fleas).

.   Bites often itch, ranging from moderate to intense, typically lasting from a few hours to a few days.

The only way to confirm that bites were caused by bed bugs is to conduct an inspection and find specimens of bed bugs, or other evidence of an active infestation.

People who are bitten repeatedly often exhibit a progressive sensitivity to bites typical for exposure to allergens.  Various bite reactions are possible, which may depend on the biting intensity and frequency.  The most common reactions include (1) no reaction, (2) an immediate reaction from one hour to one day later and lasting 1-2 days.  Anaphylactic reactions to bed bug bites also have been reported.  Some people may exhibit more than one type of reaction to a bed bug bite.

Bed bug bites can create considerable anxiety.  People who are repeatedly bitten may develop nervous behavior, agitation, and sleeplessness".

So, what is the best thing to do if you think you've been bitten by bed bugs.  Don't panic, but don't ignore the situation either.

 

 

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What is Diatomaceous Earth?

Posted on: August 6, 2013 10:00 am
Tags: What is diatomaceous earth?
Hi guys: Many people have asked: What is Diatomaceous Earth?  So here goes with an semi-unscientific explanation. Diatomaceous earth is the finely ground fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled algae.  It is used as a read more …

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