How to tell if your bites are caused by Austin bed bugs
If you wake up in the morning and notice swollen, itchy, red bumps on your body your first question may be “Are these bites caused by Austin bed bugs?” While it’s normal for your initial reaction to be one of fear and disgust, don’t fret too much. Bed bugs are not a welcome guest, but they won’t infect you with diseases. While they do carry disease, the pathogens become inactive once they pass through the bed bug’s digestive system and are no longer harmful to humans.
Austin bed bugs are small pests sometimes confused with mosquitoes or fleas. They are largely elusive because they prefer to come out at night, where they will feed on the blood of humans before retreating to their hiding places to sleep the day away. Their saliva contains a protein which is what causes irritation in humans. The 10 minutes it takes them to gorge on blood will leave lasting discomfort for their human victim.
Most humans won’t feel the bite, but when you wake up the morning you’ll see their aftermath. Their bites are often red, swollen and itchy. They frequently bite in a straight line, but not always. In contrast to a flea bite, which often has a reddish center, an Austin bed bug bite will likely have no color at the bite site. The bite itself will likely become inflamed as your body reacts to it, but the bite site will likely have a lump with no color.
People’s reactions to Austin bed bug bites vary, so it’s best to protect yourself by inspecting for bed bugs. They like to hide in the crevices and creases of beds and furniture as well as in carpet and in cracks along baseboards. If you’re unable to find an actual bug, you may notice small brownish spots on bedding which can indicate that they’ve pooped in your bed.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from an infestation is to hire an Austin pest control expert to examine for the pests. A certain way to be sure the bed bugs don’t evade is to hire a pest management company that uses the services of bed bug detecting dogs. They are highly trained to sniff out bed bugs and can quickly target problem areas in your home, make treatment rapid and effective.