Everything you need to know about bed bugs.

Bed bugs are small wingless, smelly insects that feed upon the blood of warm blooded animals. They are not easily detected as they are hardly visible during the day and also just too tiny, about half a centimeter only. They are called so due to the fact that they are often found in unsanitary mattresses and bedding, sometimes even in carpets and cracks in the walls. An eerie thing about these bed bugs is that they are capable of traveling in a person's clothing or luggage to other locations and infecting the new place within a few moments if not careful.

Generally these bed bugs seek out victims at nighttime, usually when the hosts are asleep and meticulously sip a few drops of blood without any pain. The bugs while feeding inject a tiny amount of saliva into the skin and its been noted that on repeated exposure to their bites for a period of several weeks or more, the people become sensitized to the saliva; then on additional bites, may cause mild to intense allergic responses. The bed bugs bites resemble the skin lesions caused by other kinds of blood feeding insects like mosquitoes and fleas. To get rid of the itchiness caused by the bite of these blood suckers, many bug bite remedies are available, but if it?s serious, better consult the doctor.

One clear noticeable indication of a bed bug infestation is that the rooms have a sweet smell. Also they leave spots of blood in or around beds, sign of their blood sucking habits. Outcome of their feeding will have the victim covered with tiny, itchy bites in orderly rows on the body. These blood suckers seek shelter almost anywhere; luggage, furniture, pillows, clothing etc. Therefore while on trip or on the move, people should be very careful about the locations. It?s no more good night and sleep tight, but these bed bugs can be a real menace. According to entomologists, the new surge in bedbugs may be due to the shift from powerful pesticides like DDT to rather more controlled poisons, aimed at specific pests only. The rise in these pests thus shows that one should be very careful of used furniture?s and while acquiring apartments.

These bugs are capable of surviving for many months without feeding and can wander between adjoining apartments through cracks and holes from where wires and pipes pass. Therefore carefully inspect the bed frames, mattresses and other furniture for signs of the bugs. Remember with good sanitation and proper cleaning, bed bugs infestation can be prevented. Many good pesticides are available to get rid of the bugs.