The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says bedbugs hide in the smallest of places, such as folded clothes, in the seams of luggage or mattresses and in furniture, making it easy to spread them throughout a home. People can easily and unknowingly transfer the critters from one destination to another.Know More
At its largest, an adult bedbug measures 5 millimeters wide, and its white egg (1 millimeter) is so small it's hard to spot with the naked eye. Officials with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency says bedbug bites are oftentimes misdiagnosed, giving the critters ample time to spread to other areas of the home. There are chemical and non chemical ways to nix a bedbug infestation if acted upon quickly.
Nonchemical treatments include an hour on high heat (113 degrees) in the dryer or cold treatments (below 0 degrees) for up to 4 days. Chemical treatments can be bought in stores, online or from professional pest control companies.Learn more about Fleas & Bedbugs
There are a variety of ways to cause a bedbug infestation in your home, or on your person, including staying in a hotel with bedbugs, buying used clothing and not washing it first, or by bringing in a piece of used furniture. Bedbugs hide easily due to their oval, flat bodies so it can be difficult to spot them. They may hide in people's headboards, mattresses, box springs or bed frames, where they can easily access people to bit.Full Answer >
Bed bugs are carried into a home from an outside source. They are often brought in on luggage, used furniture or anything with a soft upholstered surface. Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide, and not dead skin cells.Full Answer >
According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shingles is not contagious, but the virus that causes shingles can be spread through skin-to-skin contact if a rash is present. An individual may develop chickenpox after physical contact with a person affected by the shingles rash.Full Answer >
A bedbug's bite usually causes redness, swelling, inflammation and itching. These reactions are a result of proteins in the saliva of the bed bug entering the host's bloodstream. The severity of these reactions depends on an individual's immune response and are sometimes severe enough to interfere with daily activities.Full Answer >