RI & MA - Both male and female bed bugs bite. Bed bugs feed mainly on the blood of humans but will feed on any other warm blooded mammal that is available. Repeated exposures to bed bug bites during a period of several weeks or more causes people to become sensitized to the saliva of these bugs causing less of a reaction over time. The bite is dependent on the person so realize that people in the same infestation may react differently or not at all.
Bites can become red, itchy welts (typically appear 4 days later) do not usually require any treatment. Apply local antiseptic lotion or antibiotic cream or ointment if secondary infection occurs. Creams with corticosteroids and oral antihistamines may be advised in the presence of allergic reaction. The affected person should resist the urge to scratch the bites, as this may intensify the irritation and itching, and may lead to secondary infection.
Despite what you may have heard or read elsewhere, the science community has proven that bed bugs are not known to transmit any infectious diseases.
When it comes to bedbug infestations you do not want to cut corners or deal with a company that “does bedbug work.” Call EHS, we solve even the most difficult infestations. By performing hundreds of treatments per year we are widely recognized as bedbug experts.
George E. Williams Jr., A.C.E.
General Manager - Staff Entomologist - RI & MA Pest Control