Getting bitten by bedbugs can be really annoying and hard to tell because they can look like mosquito or flea bites at first glance, but there are signs that you can pay close attention to.
Once you see the signs, you can know what you need to do to get rid of them. Here’s how you can get started:
1. Know the signs and symptoms
Bright, little red dots on your sheets and eggs in or around your mattress are good indications of a bedbug infestation in your room.
Because bedbugs inject a tiny amount of anesthetic, their bites not only don’t register, but that allergies from their bites are also uncommon, which means you won’t feel anything until a few days after they have happened.
However, you can tell if you’re suffering from bedbug bites if you see raised bumps in tight groups or lines on your skin.
2. Don’t scratch yourself
Even though it can be uncomfortable at first, scratching yourself can only make it worse and open up the bites a possible infection, which can complicate the healing process and make you sick.
What you want to do is apply an anti-itch cream to your bites, and if you have an allergic reaction to bedbug saliva, take antihistamine to keep your allergies in check. You also want to call your doctor for proper medical advice.
3. Clean out your room regularly
Bedbugs can get to your mattress through a lot of ways, but they can also make their home anywhere people can rest. This includes desks, benches, and even chairs, curtains, and your couch.
This makes it important that you clean out your room regularly, starting with your upholstery and working your way down to other common places. Pay attention to any signs of infestation that you see with them.
Keep in mind that if you do see any signs that your mattress is infested, throw it out immediately. To make sure other people don’t accidentally bring the bedbugs into their homes, cut the mattress into smaller pieces.
4. Air out your mattress
Your mattresses and pillowcases will be more likely to harbor bedbugs and other pests, such as dust mites and fleas, if they stay indoors and gather dust for extended periods of time.
Start by removing the covers and bedsheets and move them outside your room to a sunny area and vacuum it to remove any accumulated dust. Leave the mattress outside to air for three to four hours before bringing it back in and covering it with fresh sheets.
Be sure to do this in the morning when the sun is hot outside, as this will make airing out particularly effective.