Bed Bug Rash and Bed Bug Odor

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Do you know that there is a 90% chance that a famous hotel — a presidential or suite room in a five-star hotel — may have bed bugs? Your favorite hotel may even have a bed bug infestation, too, without you knowing about it.

So, you now ask, how would you know if your hotel has bed bugs? What are the signs and symptoms of bed bug infestation? If your hotel has bed bugs, what should you do so that your home won’t be infested when you get home?

Here are the common signs and symptoms of bed bugs infestation:

Bed Bug Rash

The first sign is itch. Bed bug rash starts with an itch, but the rash won’t be visible yet when you feel the itch.

Bed bug bites are more itchy than mosquito bites. With mosquito bites, you will feel its sting and sucking of blood while it is up to it. But with bed bugs, the itch will only be felt an hour after the skin has been bitten. This is because of the anesthetics in bed bug’s saliva. Bed bugs inject anesthetics and anticoagulants to avoid blood clotting before it will suck blood from your skin.

Bed bug rash will appear an hour after you were pierced. But to some people, the bed bug rash appears only after some days or weeks from being bitten. This depends upon the body’s reaction to chemicals being secreted by bed bugs.

What does a bed bug rash look like? Bed bug rash starts with a single, small, red (from being inflamed) round bump that looks more swollen than mosquito rash. Bed bug rash, when it becomes visible, may just be a single, swollen bump. Days after, the bed bug rash will multiply. This only means that the other bed bugs are biting you. But for some people, bed bug rash looks like in-line bite marks. This kind of bed bug rash is seen in people who move a lot when asleep. Bed bugs return fast to their hiding place once they have noticed any movement around them.

When you have a rash that you suspect is a bed bug rash, observe it for some days. Bed bug rash is itchy even after days that the bed bug rash appears. Also, bed bug rash does not heal as fast as mosquito bite marks. It stays swollen for weeks.

Bed Bug Odor

The next sign to look for after the bed bug rash appears is the bed bug odor. What does bed bug odor smells like?

A hotel with a heavy bed bug infestation has this offensive, sweet-like, musty odor that bed bug releases. You may search for this odor under the mattresses and headboard. If your hotel has a wooden chair or a sofa with crevices, smell them too for a bed bug odor.

In hotels with a minimal or light infestation, the bed bug odor is not easily detectable.

How to avoid infesting your house with hotel bed bugs

The night before you check out, remove every item from your suitcase. Bed bugs are effective hitchhikers. They can survive for years without food, and if they hitched your luggage, they can start an infestation in your home.

Check your wooden items with bed bugs. Bed bugs like wooden items, cloth, and paper. These are the material in which they create their habitat.

Spray on a water-based insect killer around your suitcase. Shake off your clothes for any bed bugs. Wipe your bathtub dry and put your items and clothing in there. Bed bugs won’t stay on tub crevices since a tub is made of ceramic or marble, and it usually gets wet.

For your used clothing, have it washed before you leave for home. Remember, this is not a simple matter. Once your bedroom has been infested with bed bugs, it will spread fast to neighboring rooms. Getting rid of bed bugs is a very tough job. You even need to throw away your bed and sofa to wipe your house clean from any trace of bed bugs.

By White Crane

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