Elias, a resident of Brooklyn in New York City, has summed up the return of bed bugs as well as anyone

He said, “They are unbelievable in the absolutely worst sense of that word. Former generations should/would have thanked G*d for DDT, meaning, at least that stuff worked like a blanket killer for these things. Evolution has honed these little evils into the sharpest little voracious, patient, invisible, prolific, trenchant, perfectly adapted to evade and yet torture man, little survivalists ever.” That, folks, says it all. Bed bugs are a plague on humanity and they are making a comeback. After being held in check for most of the 20th. Century, the world wide ban on DDT, modern transportation and over population has allowed these little horrors to once again rear their ugly little heads and return in vast numbers to ruin our peaceful slumber.

When we deal with anything that may disrupt our lives, the most important thing is to stay in control of our emotions. We must remain calm and think clearly. If we allow our imaginations to run wild, every little itch will have us scratching like maniacs and turning our homes or lives upside down. Instead, take a deep breath, clear your collective minds and arm yourself with the facts.

As Bed bugs infestations are often discovered when people wake up itching and find distinct, physical indications of their bites.

Bed bugs prefer to feed at night and will bite any exposed area of skin. The face, neck, arms, hands, feet and lower legs are the most common areas where you will find bed bug bites. The bites will leave behind distinctive small, flat, raised bumps on the skin that may lead to redness and swelling. Scratching the bites can cause them to become infected. A severe reaction to bed bug bites may even cause rashes and blisters. According to experts in infectious disease, bed bugs have an unusual bite pattern. They tend to leave several bites in a neat, little row. The experts call this, “breakfast, lunch, and dinner bites” and it is a sign of what they label “sequential feeding .”

There is one bit of good news in all of this

Despite the fact that bed bugs have been found to carry almost 30 human pathogens in their systems, they have not been linked to the spread of any diseases based on current research. The medical and scientific communities consider bed bugs to be primarily a nuisance and not a transmitter of infectious diseases. Since bed bugs made their unexpected return, there has been a renewed interest in studying them. Due to the advances in modern science and medicine, there is always a possibility that previously unknown links between bed bugs and disease transmission will be discovered. In any event, if you are a victim of bed bug bites, try to avoid scratching them and if they become irritated or infected, seek medical attention. Medical treatment is also advised if a rash or blisters develop from bed bug bites.

These are the primary signs of bed bug bites

Again, it should be stressed that not every little itch is a sign of bed bugs. If you find that you are showing the symptoms of bed bug bites, the worst thing you can do is panic. Instead. stay calm and call in a professional pest control expert to check your home for the presence of bed bugs. Monitor the bite areas for any signs of infection, rashes or blisters and if they occur, seek medical advice. Bed bugs are a nuisance but if you stay calm and take the time to become informed about them, they are a very manageable problem.

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