Well do you? Don’t say no so quickly. And this is the really creepy part – you could have them and not even know it.

How’s that for upping the ewwww factor?

Bed bugs are these gnarly looking little critters who like to hide in the tiniest of spaces like in the joints of your wood furniture, the seams in your mattress, even in the joints of your wooden clothes hangers. They come out at night to feed (usually on you) but prefer to remain hidden the rest of the time.

If the insect world is a battlefield, bed bugs are the ninjas. They move swiftly, scale walls and furniture with no effort at all and are very stealthy little critters. Many people don’t even know that they have bed bugs because not everyone reacts to their bite and they are almost never seen.

I’m creeping you out, aren’t I?

The best way to know for sure if you have bed bugs is to produce an actual bed bug or egg. Easier said than done though, my friend. Adult bed bugs are just under ¼ of an inch long. That is T-I-N-Y! Their dark brownish, flat, oval shaped bodies make it easy for them to hide in the smallest of places. They don’t have wings, but they move very fast so even if you find their harborage they can evacuate before you get a good look or even see them at all.

If you have light colored sheets, you may see tiny dots, blood stains or bed bug droppings which can be an indication that bed bugs are biting you while you sleep.

Red, flat, itchy welts on your skin are another good way to tell that you have bed bugs (and a good way to learn that you are allergic to them – nice). Sometimes you will see several welts in a row as adults go from site to site. By the way, an over the counter diphenhydramine cream (like Benadryl) works quite well on the bites, at least in relieving the itching.

So now that you are completely freaked out, realizing that you may not have been sleeping alone all this time, there is some good news. Bed bugs are not known to carry or transmit any type of disease or infection. As far as the experts can tell, they are nothing more than really irritating pests.

Yeah, it isn’t cool to think about some creepy crawly little critter skittering across your bed, piercing your skin with their tiny, sharp beak and sucking up your blood like it’s a cherry snowcone but you don’t have to live with them. If you have them (or suspect you do) there are ways to eliminate them completely.

So, guess what my post tomorrow will be about? :-)

Got a burning question about pest control or household pests? Leave a comment here or send an email to stephanie_mayberry@gmx.com and it could end up a topic here!
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