Bed bug bites: Three identifying scents in your home – how to get rid of an infestation

Bed bug bites: Three identifying scents in your home – how to get rid of an infestation

Bed bug bites can often appear red and itchy and in a line or cluster. Some people may experience a bad reaction to the bites which can raise the level of itchiness and cause painful swelling. But spotting bed bugs to identify if they’re the cause can be very difficult. Not only are they minuscule – around 5mm long – they tend to only bite exposed skin during nighttime. So what other ways can you spot a bed bug infestation?

Another way to identify if it’s bed bugs biting you, particularly if you have a heavy infestation, is by three scents in your home.

There are three smells many people have associated with bed bugs, all of which are described as being very distinctive.

The three scents are:

  • Sweet almond
  • Coriander
  • Rotten raspberries

Other ways to identify a bed bug infestation, according to the NHS, are spots of blood on your bedding 0 from the bites or from squashing a bed bug – and small brown spots on bedding or furniture (bed bug poo).

What to do if you’re bitten

If you’re bitten by bed bugs, the first step is to wash the affected areas with soap and warm water, according to Rentokil.

They can also be relieved by applying an ice pack to reduce the swelling.

The pest control company also recommends: “If you find the itching extremely uncomfortable then you could also take an antihistamine to fight the irritation.”

How can you get rid of an infestation?

You’ll likely need professional help to eliminate an infestation completely, but there are a number of methods you can carry out yourself in the meantime to help the problem.

You’ll likely need professional help to eliminate an infestation completely, but there are a number of methods you can carry out yourself in the meantime to help the problem.

First, wash infested clothes or bed linen at 60C or put them in a dryer on a hot setting for 30 minutes.

Next, use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to suck up any bugs you can see. Proceed to dispose of the contents of the vacuum cleaner in a sealed bag.

Consider throwing away any mattress or furniture that’s heavily infested.

Use plastic mattress covers that encase the entire mattress – this will stop any bed bugs getting in or out.

If you’re looking to prevent bed bug infestations, make sure to inspect your mattress and bed regularly for signs of an infestation and get professional advice if you think you have bed bugs.

Avoid buying second-hand mattresses and carefully inspect second-hand furniture before bringing it in your home.

Finally, keep your bedroom tidy and remove clutter.

Published at Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:47:00 +0000