Bed Bugs Are Back - So Beware !

By: susan
Bed bugs may not be all that nice a topic to be talking about and many of you will be shivering with the thought of them ever existing but they are a reality and people need to be made aware of these little creatures. Most of you will have heard of them but have never seen them before. I guarantee just about everyone remembers the saying "don't let the bed bugs bite" as many of us would have heard that as we were being put to bed by our parents. I know I new that saying but never really thought any more about it other than that was what was said at bedtime.

Obviously this saying came about because many, many years ago there really were bed bugs that were living in beds. These little creatures lived off blood yes that is right they loved to feed on human or animal blood. This of course then left people with swollen bites that were sore and aggravating let alone ugly. These creatures were rampant in the slums compared to the wealthier areas but they really did not discriminate and would attack anyone.

Over the centuries these bed bugs were kept to a minimum because of the better sanitary conditions and the use of pesticides. Of course this made for a better nights sleep for all. But of course not all countries have decent santitary conditions or pesticides so there are still places that have these little blighters biting them over and over again. Unfortunately for them these creatures do not only like to live in beds but also furniture where they bite you while you are sitting and not just sleeping.

If you are wondering why I am telling you all this, it is because - now wait for it - yes they are back! Why? I'm not sure but they are back. There have been cases in people's homes, hotels, boarding houses and so on. Even the clean ones!
If you want to know what they look like then I will tell you. They have flat oval bodies and are about a quarter of an inch long. They are a rusty color and sort of resemble a cockroach. Yucky huh? Well the good news is they really are not harmful other than leaving you with annoying bites. They are not venomous at all.

If you think that you have bed bugs in your bed or home, just like other little annoying creatures then you can have a pest eradicator come and get rid of them. Yes it is as easy as that! I would suggest that you get onto it straight away as they will thrive and multiply before you know it. And apart from that you will not have a good nights rest while they are there.

If you do get bitten by a bed bug then treat it like a mosquito bite. Use some ice if you have swelling and apply good old calamine lotion for the itch. They will eventually go away unless you keep sleeping with them!
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