What to Do with Bed Bugs? Part III
How do you know you have bed bugs?
An indication of the presence of bed bugs are the mostly itchy bites or wheals on the skin, which you notice when you wake up in the morning at the latest (see: What happens if you have bed bugs? ). Traces of blood in the bed or on the bedclothes also provide indications of a possible bed bug infestation.
In the area of possible hiding places (see: Where do bed bugs live? ) There are also traces of excretion from the animals. The bed bug droppings appear in the form of small black dots. In the hiding places of the bed bugs, if there is an active infestation, the molting coats of the developing young bugs can usually also be seen.
What if you have bed bugs?
The main consequence of an infestation with bed bugs is that you are bitten by the blood-sucking parasites at night. Bed bug bites often cause wheals and very severe itching (caused by the animals’ saliva). If this itching, which can last between seven and ten days, is now dealt with by scratching, this can lead to larger wounds and secondary infections. Bed bug bites can also cause allergies.
So far there are no known diseases that are transmitted by bed bug bites. Accordingly, the question “How contagious are bed bugs?” Can be answered by saying that, according to current knowledge, there is no risk of infection from bed bugs.
In addition to the unpleasant bites or stings, the strong odor nuisance is one of the unpleasant phenomena associated with bed bug infestation in the bedroom (see: How do bed bugs smell? ). The stinking secretion of the bedbugs can make staying in the bedroom almost unbearable.
What do bed bug bites look like?
The appearance of bed bug bites varies from person to person. There are people who have very pronounced sting marks due to allergic reactions and people where the bedbug bites are hardly noticeable due to a relative physical insensitivity.
A typical feature of bed bug bites is that several bites are visible in a grouped arrangement. This is due to the fact that the bed bugs usually have to sting a few times before they finally get to the coveted blood. Since the stitches are often arranged in a line, one speaks colloquially of a bed bugs street for such stitch patterns.
Basically, bed bug bites are very easy to confuse with other insect bites.
Bed bug bites can usually be seen the next morning. But there are also cases in which the stitches appear after a few days’ delay.
How can you protect yourself from bed bugs?
In order to prevent bed bugs from being introduced, you should generally watch out for possible signs of bed bugs in the guest room when you are on holiday. This is especially true if the destination of your trip is in the tropics or subtropics. But it is also possible that you come across bed bugs in a European hotel, which in turn may have been “brought” by a guest from another country. So you should always be on your guard everywhere. If you are not sure whether your luggage is possibly contaminated with bed bugs, an insecticide should be used as a prophylaxis. If you do not want to resort to the chemical club in this context, you can alternatively take other measures. Please read about this: What can you do against bed bugs yourself?
Also check your bedroom for hiding places for bed bugs (see: Where do bed bugs live? ). For example, if your bedroom has a parquet floor and / or a wooden ceiling, these should be sealed so that pests such as bed bugs cannot find shelter. Pipes or baseboards as well as cracks and crevices on furniture can also serve as hiding places for the parasites. If possible, these areas should also be closed or sealed.
How do you fight bed bugs?
A bed bug infestation can make an apartment uninhabitable relatively quickly, which is why appropriate measures should be taken immediately if bed bugs are suspected.
Up until December 2000, the control of bed bugs was regulated or required by law through the Federal Disease Act. The Federal Disease Act no longer exists because it was replaced by the Infection Protection Act. In the Infection Protection Act there are no longer any rules or regulations for bed bug control.
The elimination of bed bugs is a task that, even if there is no legal “compulsion”, it is better to place it in competent hands. The responsible use of insecticides and pesticides requires a certain amount of specialist knowledge. Addresses of suitable exterminators or pest fighters can be obtained from the health department.
Fighting bed bugs is rarely done with a single treatment. The professional pest controller therefore usually carries out several measures every two weeks. How many control appointments are necessary depends on the individual case (strength of the infestation and the help of the apartment user – see: What can you do yourself against bed bugs? ).