Can you get bed bugs from giving someone a ride?
Yes, it’s possible to get bed bugs from giving someone a ride. It sounds strange, but then, here, we will look at everything you need to know about bed bugs. Let’s say you woke up one day to see your skin covered with several red bumps on your skin. What would you suspect could be responsible?
Bed bugs are insects that feed on blood, and when they feed, they do so for very long time intervals, i.e., five to ten minutes. As a result of this time frame, they choose nighttime for their activities—when you’d be sleeping and mostly unaware of their activities.
As this bed bugs grow older though, they begin to depend less on blood and may survive off the human body for as long as seven months.
An adult bed bug (female) can lay as many as two hundred and fifty eggs, of which the bulk of the eggs hatch within seven days.
After the hatching process, the nymph would then proceed to feed on blood too. So, in a scenario where someone lives in a house that is heavily infested by bed bugs, there’s a high possibility that they live in the person’s clothes too—the adult bed bugs.
Bed bugs find their next host by feeling for their body heat. Carbon dioxide also helps them to know that a host is close by.
The first thing it does when feeding is to pierce the person’s skin with its biting and sucking mouth part. After that, it introduces its saliva into the person’s skin. This saliva has agents that make the host feel nothing.
The saliva also contains enzymes that stop blood from coagulating. This way, they get to suck the blood freely and easily without a hitch.
The sucking of blood usually goes on until the bed bug is full. You may also be unable to pick out the bite spots until the reaction at those spots end.
The reactions that occur usually come off as allergies. There could even be severe itching at the bite spots (arms, face, neck, hands, etc.), blisters, hives, etc. Hives are the rashes that one gets on one’s skin after the bed bug bites.
Where can you find bed bugs?
Bed bugs are usually found in these places;
- Cracks in the wall
- Furniture, etc.
Once these bed bugs get fixed to the clothes of whoever you are giving a ride, they can quietly move on to your body, especially when you are in close contact with the person.
How to know if you have a bed bug infestation
Let’s see how you can know that bed bugs have infested a particular area;
- Ensure that you check the bed for red or black stains. When bed bugs get squashed, the blood in them stains whatever squashes them.
Most times, it’s the bed a person sleeps on that does the squashing. So, it gets filled with red spots. When the red spots stay on for a long while, they turn a dark color.
- Another sign that bed bugs have infested a place is the presence of black droppings. Once you begin to see the droppings of these bed bugs, you need to take immediate action.
- A place that is infested by bed bugs also has a peculiar damp smell. The smell is as a result of the hormone that they produce.
- You may also be able to pick out the bed bugs physically. They are small insects with reddish-brown bodies. They have no wings and move only by crawling.
How to get rid of bed bug infestation
Once you notice that you have bed bugs infesting your house, here are some techniques that you can use to get rid of them;
- If you notice them moving in your clothes, immediately have them placed within a plastic bag. You can also do the same thing for your bed covers.
Proceed to add a cup of diatomaceous earth to the plastic sheath and then, seal it up. Leave the bag sealed for about three days before washing them. After washing them, you’d then proceed to have them dried at the highest temperature setting.
- Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the areas the bed bugs have infested. Clean your furniture, bed frames, mattress, etc. Once you are done vacuuming, ensure that you dispose the bag that contains the dirt.
- You could also work with any insecticide that’s not dangerous for you. Spray the insecticide on your furniture and other surfaces that you think might have been infested.
Bed bug bites medical treatment
You can relieve yourself of the pain caused by bed bugs by working with any of the following medications;
- Antihistamines are great for getting rid of any allergies that could arise as a result of the bed bugs.
- Antibiotics which help to ward off or treat bacterial infections that could occur at the points where the bed bugs bit into the skin.
- Topical creams that help to relieve the itching sensation