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Bed Bug Rash

Bed Bug Rash and Bed Bug Odor

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 bed bugs infestation, too, without you knowing about it.

So, you now ask, how would you know if your hotel have bed bugs? What are the signs and symptoms of bed bugs 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 itching. 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 still feeding. But with bed bugs, the itch will start up an hour or after the skin has been bitten. This is because of the anesthetics in bed bug's saliva.

Bed bugs inject anesthetics and anticoagulant, to avoid blood clotting, before it will suck blood from your skin.

A bed bug rash will usually appear soon after the itching. But in some cases, the bed bug rash appears only after some days or week 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 which look 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 may multiply. This implies that the other bed bugs are biting you. But for some people, bed bug rash look like a series of in-line bite marks.

This kind of bed bug rash are seen on people who moves a lot when asleep. Bed bugs return fast to their hiding place once they have noticed any movement around them. Then return to finish feeding, thus starting a new bite.

When you have a rash that you suspect as a bed bug rash, observe it for some days. Bed bug rash remain itchy for several days after you are bitten. Also, bed bug rash does not heal (fade away) as fast as mosquito bite marks. It may last for 5 days or longer.

Bed Bug Odor

Next sign to look for after the bed bug rash appears is the bed bug odor.

What does bed bug odor smells like?

Hotel with heavy bed bug infestation has a sweet-like, musty odor that bed bug releases.

You may smell this offensive odor coming from under the mattresses and or from the headboard. If your hotel has a wooden chair or a sofa with crevices, they, too, may smell of this bed bug odor.

At hotels with 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. If they sneak into your luggage, they can survive to start an infestation in your home.

Check your wooden items for 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 bath tub dry and store your items and clothings 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 arrive home.

Preventing bed bugs from getting in your home is a serious 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 may even need to throw away your bed and sofa before wiping your house clean of any trace of bed bugs.

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