Bedbugs are tiny, nocturnal bugs that suck blood. During the daytime, they typically hide in the bedding, furniture, and cracks and crevices in the walls. They then emerge at night to feed on blood while you are sleeping.
Bedbug bites commonly cause itching and allergic reactions, which usually recover in one to two weeks without treatment. In rare cases, some people experience symptoms such as fever and anaphylaxis, requiring professional treatment.
What do bedbug bites look like? Bedbugs usually leave red, raised bumps in a straight line or zigzag pattern. But because the marks can take up to two weeks to develop, you may not notice them immediately. If bitten, wash the affected areas gently with water and soap.
To check for bedbugs at home, carefully look into any cracks, gaps, and edges in your room. They are likely to be found not far from where you sleep. If bedbugs have invaded your home, you may see traces of their blood, waste, and skin. Turning off the lights and using a handheld light can help you detect bedbugs as they scurry away from bright glare.
Amelia Moon Staff Reporter
1. When are bedbugs most active, and where do they typically hide during the daytime?
2. What is a common reaction to bedbug bites, and how long does it usually take for the symptoms to recover without treatment?
3. In rare cases, what severe symptoms might people experience due to bedbug bites, and what is recommended in such situations?
1. Discuss the behavior of bedbugs as described in the passage. How do they feed, and what are some common hiding places during the daytime?
2. Consider the recommended actions if bitten by bedbugs. How can washing affected areas and being vigilant for potential symptoms contribute to one's well-being?
3. Discuss the importance of regular checks for bedbugs at home. What signs might indicate a bedbug infestation, and how can individuals take preventive measures?
4. Reflect on the impact of bedbug infestations on individuals and households. How might the presence of these pests affect daily life and well-being, and what steps can be taken to address or prevent infestations?