Finding out you have a bed bug infestation is horrifying. Not only are you disgusted that you have been sharing your bed with bugs, but they have made a meal of you and you are left with extremely itchy and uncomfortable welts. If you have children and they have been bitten too, their discomfort will tug at your heartstrings and as a parent, you will do anything to ease their pain and frustration. Until Pointe Pest Control can come in and effectively and quickly take care of the infestation, there are a few things you can do to soothe the bed bug bites in the meantime.
What Causes the itch in the First Place
When a bed bug bites you, amazingly you sleep through the entire thing. How is this possible? It seems that if you were being bitten by something, it would cause pain and you would wake up. Well, this is not so with a bed bug bite since they are experts in secretly and quietly draining your blood without you noticing. The bed bug saliva contains a mild anesthetic, which basically numbs the skin before it bites you. You do not feel a thing when they bite. The actual itching comes from an allergic reaction to the bed bug saliva. Humans are allergic to their saliva, thus the reason you wake up an itching and scratching mess.
What To Do For Bed Bug Bites
Waking up to the severe itching and annoyance of bed bug bites is aggravating, especially if your body has an extreme allergic reaction to the bite. Here are a few ways to treat bed bug bites and soothe the irritation:
- Wash the bite with soap and water. These bites can cause a skin infection to keeping the bites clean and free from bacteria is essential.
- Apply a corticosteroid cream. This can soothe the affected area. For some people, this step is an immediate comfort.
- Take over-the-counter antihistamine pills or medication. Antihistamine minimizes your body’s response to an allergic reaction and since itching is an allergic reaction to the bed bug’s saliva, this helps some individuals.
- Follow-up from a professional healthcare. This may be necessary if your body has a severe allergic reaction to the bites. If a fever develops and the area becomes red and infected, seek professional medical help.
Experienced Bed Bug Control is Vital
To get rid of a bed bug infestation, it is imperative that you call a professional immediately. Pointe Pest Control is skilled at removing even the toughest bed bug infestations. We know where they like to hide and our treatments are guaranteed to remove the bed bug problem. Our treatments target bed bugs and bed bugs only, meaning that it is tough on bugs but completely safe around you and your family members. Giving you that peace of mind that the infestation will be soon taken care of is important to us. These treatment methods are non-toxic and safe around your children and pets. For all your Kenilworth pest control needs, trust the experts at Pointe Pest Control. Call us today.