East Central Indiana
01/17/2019

Bug Bites and Infestations

Bug Bites and Infestations

Bug Bites and Infestations

BUG BITES

Many people develop allergic reactions to bug bites as well as react to the more common insects such as mosquitoes or fleas. These skin spots tend to be grouped in clusters and may range from small red bumps to large blisters. They are most commonly found on the arms and legs but may occur anywhere on the body. If the spots have been rubbed or scratched, they may become secondarily infected with germs.

The therapy consists with both treating the current lesions as well as trying to prevent future lesions. Insect control in the household with particular attention to the baseboards, basements, bed frames, furniture, and the treatment of affected dogs and cats is essential. The medical treatment includes topical cortisone and occasional oral antihistamines to help relieve the symptoms of itching. Sometimes antibiotics are prescribed for germ infection. We strongly recommend that sensitive people use an insect repellent while outdoors. The product “Skedaddle” is safe for use with young children. Many people also find the Avon moisturizer “Skin So Soft” to work as an effective insect repellant. These products should be applied to all of the exposed skin before going outside. 

Although it has not been well documented, a few people have noticed a decrease in the number of bug bites experienced when taking an internal vitamin, B1. This product may be purchased without a prescription in most pharmacies and health food stores. For small children, give ½ of 50mg. table twice a day for three days followed by ½ tablet daily. Older children may take ½ of a 50mg. tablet three times a day for three days, then one tablet daily. Adults may take one 50mg tablet three times a day for three days, then one 50mg tablet daily.

BED BUGS

TREATMENT, PREVENTION & MITIGATION OF INFESTATIONS

Immediately following a diagnosis of a bedbug infestation you should:

  1. Launder all bed linens.
  2. Vacuum all furniture.
  3. Consult with a professional exterminator.

When traveling it is important to take precautions to avoid transporting bedbugs with luggage and other belongings by:

  1. Keep luggage closed except for brief periods of use.
  2. Upon returning home, immediately inspect your luggage and other transported belongings.
  3. Vacuum the interior and exterior of all bags.
  4. Launder all items taken on the trip.

ERADICATING BED BUGS

The following is based on information obtained from American Pest Professionals at (765) 288-7779.

1. Bed bugs can be a huge problem. They have been brought into the United States largely by travelers visiting other countries and items being shipped to us from other countries.

2. This is a very timely and sometimes expensive and extensive process. A 120 day service agreement is required with them and sometimes it takes longer.

3. The home must be prepared for bed bug treatment. The treatment is done and in 30 days they return to set monitors and check on the progress. They then return every 2-3 weeks to recheck the monitors and progress. This is repeated until the problem is taken care of.

4. Multiple items are used in treatment including, dusting, chemicals, products to treat furniture, covers for the beds themselves etc.

5. If you live in a family home dwelling, the entire home must be treated. The bed bugs travel through the walls.

6. If you reside in an apartment, the apartment you live in as well as the one above you, below you and to the sides and back of you must all be treated.

7. If you think you have bed bugs you should contact your pest professional for a visit to verify the problem and an estimate for cost.