Bed bugs are a terrible reality that many people have to deal with and knowing how to spot them, how to get rid of them, and what course of action to take can make a world of difference. Bed bugs are a pest that can affect anyone, at any time, and that do not discriminate on any basis which makes them particularly difficult to fight. Bed bugs can also live for long periods of time without a host making them difficult to get rid of without several different methods of extermination. You may have also heard that bed bugs hate cinnamon among other natural remedies.
Signs of Bed Bugs
There are several different signs that you should watch for if you feel that you have a bed bug infestation. The first are the visible manifestation of bugs. If you see multiple bugs you likely have an infestation that you need to worry about. If you see one bug then you may not have an infestation yet but measures should still be taken to prevent it.
If you see bugs you will also likely see eggs, husks or casings where the bugs have shed from growing, feces, and other stains like blood stains from feedings. Feces on soft surfaces will appear to be dark brown stains while feces on hard surfaces is small piles that look like dirt. Blood stains can vary in size but bed bugs generally feed in groups so larger stains are possible.
Another sign of bugs are bites and allergic reactions. Not all people will show signs of reaction from bites but may show other symptoms like those of seasonal allergies. Itching, welts and raised bumps, and irritation to the skin are all common signs.
What Causes an Infestation?
There are a wide range of factors that go into a full blown infestation. If you see one or two bugs and act fast to clean the room, decontaminate, and even put down poison or mattress encasements you can generally stop the infestation before it gets bad. However, bed bugs come into the home on clothes, in suitcases, in blankets and other soft articles that go in and out of homes.
If you have recently visited a hotel that has an infestation for instance, you can easily bring home bugs and cause an infestation at your home. Generally, infestations start out small, with one or two bugs that reproduce at a rapid rate in places where you are not likely to notice them. It is their ability to hide that makes infestations so hard to beat and so quick.
Another factor that may help to cause infestation is a large group of people living close to one another. Larger groups of people are a perfect breeding ground for infestations and they can quickly get out of hand.
Why Bed Bugs Hate Cinnamon
There are some natural cures that may help you to reduce the size of your infestation but it is always safest to call in a professional company to mitigate the infestation fully. Cinnamon and other strongly scented spices tend to deter bed bugs mainly because of scent. It has also been found that bed bugs are allergic in some ways to the spice so adding it to your sheets or your diet may help deter them.
If you do have a major infestation of bed bugs it is always best to take the time to find a professional company that can help you get rid of them. Though some natural remedies are helpful at reducing the size of the infestation, they are likely to do nothing more than staving it off for a time. Professional companies can help get rid of bugs at all stages of life and can help get your life back to normal.