Wednesday, 7 October 2015
How To Tell The Difference & How To Prevent These Bites?
It is summer in Singapore, so you can assume that you will get bitten by a few bugs here and there. You may notice these bug bites on your arms and legs in the form of raised bumps, or you may even noticed them in particularly uncomfortable areas of your body, such as behind your ears, on your ankles or your stomach. No matter where you have bug bites, they can definitely be uncomfortable. However, it is likely that you do not even know what bug may have bitten you. Although bed bug bites and mosquito bites are the two most common bug bites. However, in order to tell whether a bed bug or a mosquito had bitten you, you need to be able to differentiate between these two bites.
Bed Bug Bites
Bed bugs happen to be parasitic bugs that feed on your blood while you are asleep. These small bugs are around 3/16 of an inch, about the same size as an apple seed, and they cannot fly. Whether male or female, all bed bugs feed on human blood. They feed on blood just like mosquitoes do, i.e. they pierce the skin using their specialized mouthparts and draw up the blood after injecting an anti-coagulant into the system. It is possible to get these bites inside homes or offices in Singapore, or virtually any other place that is frequently crowded with people.
The appearance of bed bug bites is just like those of mosquitoes, but they are usually seen in groups of three or more and they are often noticed upon waking up. If you have been bitten by a bed bug, the bites either may have not had any effect on you or may have resulted in itchy red welts. As far as it is known, no known diseases are transmitted by bed bugs, but if you have an infestation of bed bugs in your house, it may cause a lot of anxiety and stress if they keep biting you and family. Getting rid of bed bugs can be difficult since they keep spreading easily.
Mosquitoes happen to by flying bugs that have a length of anywhere between 1/4 of inch and 3/8 of inch. It is the female mosquitoes that tend to bite, as they cannot nourish their eggs without blood. Female mosquitoes also pierce the skin using their specialized mouthparts and are able to draw up the blood more easily after injecting a blood anti-coagulant into the system. The manner in which the human body reacts to a mosquito bite is due to that anti-coagulant. People in Singapore are usually bitten by mosquitoes while they are outside in the opening, particular near areas of standing water or vegetation.
Typically, mosquito bites looks like an itchy and red welts that might be swollen and the area surround the welt often feels warm to the touch. If you have been bitten by a mosquito, you should be a bit concerned since they are known to carry and spread a wide range of diseases, such as dengue and yellow fever, and even the West Nile virus, which is potentially life threatening.
If you think that bed bugs may have bitten you, below are places you should look out for these insects, as well as signs that may indicate that bed bugs might be active inside your home.
-- You can find bed bugs around bed, but also in other places, such as along the seams of carpets and curtains, behind electrical outlets, behind hanging picture frames, inside bedside tables and/or inside upholstered furniture.
-- Dark brown and/or reddish spots of blood on bed linens, box springs, furniture, head boards or mattresses are signs of bed bugs.-- Other signs of that these insects might be hiding nearby is when there is a cluster of cast bed bug skins near certain areas.-- You may have also ended up picking up bed bugs in a hotel room, a movie theater or on public transportation in Singapore. If you recently went to some public places, you can have brought these insects home with you from there.
If you suspect that your bites may be from mosquitoes, you can limit the populations of mosquitoes around your home by implementing the following prevention tips.
-- Areas where mosquitoes tend to breed should be eliminated.
These include areas of standing water, anything where rainwater might accumulate, clogged ditches and gutters.-- Grass and weeds should be cut short since mosquitoes are often found in tall grasses.-- Some effective insect repellent should be used on clothing and/or on the skin when heading outside.-- Skin should be kept covered while outside.-- Time that is spent outside should be limited during peak mosquito activity times, particularly dawn and dusk.
If you were recently bitten by some bug, then the above will help you determine whether you have bed bug bites or mosquito bites. The above tips will also help you avoid getting bitten by either of these insects in the future.a
Friday, 2 October 2015
Do you find it difficult to get rid of bed bugs? Then maybe you are using an inappropriate method to kill them. Be sure to completely eliminate bed bugs from your home with the following natural remedies.
1. Regular cleaning of the bed
This technique is the key procedure in both preventing and eliminating bedbugs from your house. You may use other ways to kills bed bugs but without frequent cleaning of your bed, the bed bugs will always reoccur. You should use hot soapy water when cleaning you bed because cold water cannot kill bed bugs.
2. Use of Alcohol
This is another home remedy that is nice for use in getting rid of bed bugs. The procedure of using this remedy is very simple because you only pour alcohol into a spray bottle and then spay it on the surfaces attacked by bed bugs. You may opt to use a disposable towel to apply the alcohol solution especially when you don’t have a spray bottle. You should also apply the same alcohol on eggs of bed bugs in case you see them. Alcohol solution is a great home remedy for killing insects such as bed bugs.
3. Using Steam to eliminate Bed Bugs
Steam penetration is a home remedy procedure that is used by most professional pest control companies. Bed bugs are not able to bear the high temperatures of steam hence they get killed. The technique requires that you penetrate steam into your mattress. The steam penetrated is supposed to be heated into temperatures of more than 130 of which bed bugs cannot resist.
4. Using Peppermint Oil
This product produces an odor that causes allergy to bed bugs. Peppermint is common oil that is found in almost all homes in Singapore. It is impossible for bed bugs to resist the smell of this oil and that is why they usually die whenever they come across the smell. The small kills then by making them to choke continuously until they die. Other oils such as lavender oil can also be used in place of peppermint oil. The only precaution that you have to observe before using this remedy is ensuring that there is no family member that is allergic to the oil so as to prevent harming that person.
5. Using Encasement to eliminate Bed Bugs
It is important that you clean the encasement on regular basis if you want to achieve effective results when killing bed bugs. Encasement is a technique of using zipped plastic wrappings to cover all furniture in your home. The technique is based on the idea that bed bugs are living things and they need oxygen for survival. The zipped plastic wrapping is intended to increase the levels of carbon IV oxide within the encasement. And since oxygen levels will go down within the encasement, the bedbugs will die with time. The encasement also prevents bedbugs from multiplying.
6. Using Clove To Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Clove is a common spice that can be used as a home remedy in killing bed bugs. Despite the fact that there are few people who knows about its uses, clove is effective in killing bed bugs. This spice contains oil that has an acidic pungent smell. The smell is as result of this oil containing an ingredient by the name Eugenel. This is a chemical that gives clove oil the odor and the acidic nature. Upon exposure to bed bugs, clove oil kills all bed bugs. The oil is to be applied on mattresses during its use.
7. Sun Soaking To Get Rid of Bed Bugs
Bed bugs are not able to withstand high temperatures. Sun-soaking is one of the best natural remedies that are most effective. Keeping your mattress under an open sun for long hours makes it to heat into more than 100 degrees. Be sure to kill all bedbugs because research shows that there is no single bed bug that is able to survive temperatures of more than 90 degrees. Sun-soaking a mattress is may look a simple strategy but it works well and cannot fail you in any manner. The only limitation you may encounter with this remedy is poor sun rays during the day that you want to kill them. However, it’s rare to have poor sun rays in more than two consecutive days.