It isn’t vampires you’re dealing with, at least not the kind who can be repelled by garlic, crosses, and holy water. If only it were that easy. Unfortunately, though, you’re dealing with something a lot worse. Bed Bugs.
You might think of bed bugs as something cute, especially if your only experience with them is as part of a good night litany your parents give you when it’s time to turn out the lights. However, the comparison to vampires is more than apt. These little bloodsuckers will steal into your bed, numb your body with a cocktail of chemicals so you don’t even feel them, and then slurp away for minutes on end until their bodies have grown fat with your blood. The only sign they’ve been there is an itchy, red welt on your skin.
So how does this whole process work? Well, bed bugs aren’t particularly crafty hunters, but when you lay down in one place and stop moving, that is a prime opportunity. A bed bug crawls onto you, and finds a capillary. Then it injects you its needle-like tongue, spreading a topical anesthetic into your skin so that you don’t feel it feeding. In addition to numbing you, though, the bed bug also injects an anti-coagulant so that you keep bleeding. It feeds for several minutes on end, and then when its body is engorged with blood, it waddles away. The only sign you’ve been marked by one of these tiny vampires is the irritated red spot you’ll find the next day, as your body’s immune system tries to purge the toxins that came with the feeding.
Blood is Life to Bed Bugs
Bed bugs feed on blood, not just to continue their own lives, but to gather the energy to start laying eggs. If a bed bug has mated, it will wait until it’s fed before laying eggs in secret places throughout your home. The eggs may be in cracks in the wall, in your carpet, your furniture, your clothes, and a female can lay several eggs a day, as well as hundreds of eggs by the end of her life span.
There isn’t a pill you can take that turns your blood into bed bug poison (at least not yet), which is why it’s important to take note of all the signs so you can catch an infestation early. It’s possible, if you catch bed bugs before they amass an army, that you’ll be able to nip the problem in the bud before the need to call in exterminators.
Avoiding The Bed Bug Scourge
Bed bugs are like vampires in another way; you typically invite them into your home without even knowing it. Everything from second-hand furniture to thrift store finds might have eggs lurking, unseen in the folds. That’s why, ideally, you should go over anything you buy or take from someone else, and make sure it doesn’t come with any unwanted, blood-sucking strings attached.
It’s also a good idea to wash and cleanse said items. Just to be on the safe side.
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