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Identifying Bed Bugs and Bed Bug Bites In Las Vegas
Posted At: February 6, 2012 1:00 AM | Posted By : admin

Identifying Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites look very different from one person to another. Some bed bug bites are larger, some smaller, some have a red dot in the center, or a scab, others don’t, some look like mosquito bites or pimples.   Some experts say that whether you get multiple bites in a pattern may have to do with whether the bed bug is disturbed while feeding (if you move, they may move and start over) and also whether your veins are easily accessed by the bed bugs (if they are, they need pierce only once).

Bed bug bite reactions differ from person to person.  Some look and feel like mosquito or flea bites. Again, some people don’t react at all. On the opposite extreme, others get big itchy welts that take two or more weeks to heal. There’s a myth that bed bug bites occur in threes (“breakfast, lunch, and dinner”), but it’s not true. Bites can occur singly, in clumps, or in a line. Bites can show up within hours—or two weeks later. Confirming a bed bug infestation on bites alone is impossible. You need evidence: a bed bug.

Bed bugs usually feed while people sleep but if they’re hungry and given the opportunity, they feed anytime. Many people react to the saliva, getting itchy bumps or rashes. After feeding for about five minutes, drawing only a drop or two of blood, bugs return to their harborage location. Although bed bugs can live for over a year without feeding, they typically seek blood every five to ten days depending on room temperature.

Bed bugs live off only blood—like mosquitoes do and they typically prefer to feed on people. They’re attracted by warmth and the presence of carbon dioxide—what we breathe out. They usually feed about an hour before dawn, but given the opportunity, they may feed at other times of day or night.

Remember—not everyone reacts to bed bug bites. You can have an extreme reaction while your companion or other household members have no signs of bed bug bites.

The only way to know for sure what is biting you is to find a bug and get it properly identified or to have a Las Vegas Bed Bug Pest Control Company do thorough inspection to determine whether bed bugs are present.  You do not need bed bug pest control if you do not have bed bugs.  A thorough inspection is the only way to determine if you need bed bug extermination.  Bed bugs are extremely good at hiding and a bug inspection should be done by a pest control company that is extremely knowledgeable in finding signs of bed bug activity or by a bed bug-sniffing dog and its handler.  Dogs trained in bed bug scent discrimination have a keen sense of smell to find bed bugs and bed bug eggs. They’re best used to find all of the harborage locations and to confirm if bed bugs are gone after bed bug treatment.  If you hire a handler and bed bug dog in Las Vegas, be sure the bed bug team is third party certified and be sure the handler conducts a visual bed bug inspection.

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