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Bed bugs were a problem that humans thought they had got under control, but recent years have seen a 500% increase in their occurrence. Previously confined to hotels and transport hubs, they are increasingly becoming common in peoples homes, and as they are easily passed from person to person, they can be easily spread. Bed bugs generally emerge at night and draw blood from humans by piercing them with twin tubes. One side anaesthetises the wound and the other side draws blood. The result is a raised, itchy lump on the body, which can take up to a week to appear after the initial bite. Though they will heal of their own accord, anti-histamines are often administered to control the intense itching, whilst hot water can also help alleviate the symptoms. Ultimately, the cause of the infestation must be treated in order to prevent reoccurrence.

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How long does it take to see actual bugs or even signs of bugs?





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Ive been living in a hosteĺ for five weeks with my 1 year old daughter we both have sensitive skin and it is infested with bed bugs when I first arrived I noticed all the signs and I have actually caught some im going to take them to inviromental health .but at the moment my daughter is really ill we both cant sleep eat or stop scratching I have found nymphs and eggs in our hair and a hell of alot .also in our ears I have samples of everything.I dont know what to do can u help





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Hey is it true that laminate flooring causes bed bugs?





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I was laying down in my bed yesterday taking a nap and all the sudden I started itching on my sides and I looked and I have bites. Theres three in a row and there lumped up and red, they itch. Anyways I found a dead bug in my bed and found one alive on my couch and I searched them up on Google and they look just like a bed bug! But I looked in the cracks of my bed and under my mattress, also looked under the couch cushions in the cracks and all around but there's no signs of bed bugs!! But I have some kind of bites on my sides! I haven't been bit tonight though and I found two bugs that look just like bed bugs!! What should I do?? Can it still be bed bugs even though there's no signs of them in the cracks of my bed or under my mattress?? Help please I'm freaking out!!





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They can live inside the mattress and pillows.They hide,look for shells which may lead you to a nest,In walls,lamps,every where etc. Much luck,they have driven me crazy.Bed bugs came out of fire place when there host,bats left.NIGHTMARE ,get an exterminator.Fire place caused an infestation

I have red spots that look like itchy bites that appear daily anywhere on my body, legs, arms, groin, tummy, bottom, eye lids, neck etc... they disappear by the end of the day and then reappear the next morning but in completely different places, some mornings there are more than others, they are a bit itchy but not insanely itchy, and sometimes they are in a round shape with white in the middle but mostly just red spots. I can't see any bite marks on them. I can't figure out what they are it's driving me crazy, the doctor just thinks they're bites. I have searched for bed bugs in my mattress and haven't found anything, have insect bombed our house twice & vacuumed the house & mattress & washed all blankets in hot water etc... and I'm still getting them. Also I'm the only one in the house getting them. Does anyone know what they could be??





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I would get the doctor to do an allergy test.

I have treated the bed for bed bugs, why I'm I still seeing them on the bed when I check in the middle of the night





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I don't own a steamer and can't afford 1 just now however I do have a steamer you use to remove wallpaper can I use this on the bed bugs





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I just came back from a nice four star hotel in Barcelona and have been bitten alive, I checked on trip adviser when I came back to the uk and some people stayed at the same hotel a week before had the same issue, new bites are appearing all the time and I understand it can take up to 9days to stop showing new bites, is this right? I've wased all my clothes here times on 40* and whites on 95* and tumble dried most things, will this work? Help it's driving me bonkers and costing a fortune. I told the hotel nod they said sorry but I wonder if I should ask for my money back can I do that?





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has any one used heat treatment to get rid - am about to get experts in.....costs a bomb but dont no what else to do ???





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Yes I have, and I did it myself, it is the quickest way to kill all life stages including the eggs.

yes i use a steamer,,, very good,, gets rid of everything

Can you see bed bugs with the naked eye? I keep getting bitten Not sure if it's bed bugs or insect bites. It only started When the weather got hotter. Please can someone advise me on this?. Thanks





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Hi We had the same problem. Bed bugs are around 5 - 7mm in length so yes they can be seen, although I have never found one biting me yet. Check your bedding for any signs, blood spots, eggs which look like little grains of rice, check around seams of mattresses in and behind furniture and where carpets meet the skirting boards. When we had bed bugs I found them behind the bed, in the wash basket and in a chest of drawers. We bought fumite for all our rooms which produces a smoke which kills the little critters, we also bought a bed bug spray for the mattress and powder for stationary furniture. We wash our bedding every week and I Hoover every day and do a thorough clean every 3 weeks, hoovering and washing furniture. This might seem over the top but the stress they caused me was awful so I want to make sure they don't come back. Good luck to anyone with this problem, this doesn't mean you have a dirty home your just unlucky.


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