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bed bugs?

I think my son has been bit by bed bugs, he has this horrible rash all over him and he cant sleep because he itches so bad.. Anything I can do to help him? Any way to tell if it is bed bugs?

 
Alexsmom04

Asked by Alexsmom04 at 11:32 PM on Jul. 12, 2009 in Health

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Answers (5)
  • 1) Waste - Bed bugs create a lot of waste, and that is harder to hide than they are. It can consist of dark spots on your mattress (which can be blood, feces, etc.) or of shed skins, eggs, dead bed bugs, etc. You may find it inside your mattress, in the box springs, or in the linens. It looks like this:

    2) Bites - You should be seeing little red bites on you without really knowing why. People rarely catch bed bugs in the act - they come out when you are asleep, and only bite for a short period. Also, like many bugs, you cannot feel the bite until a few minutes after it happens. The bites are very hard to identify - most doctors actually can't tell you for sure what they're from just by looking at them.
    3) Hiding places - Look in all the key spots where they could hide. This means the mattress and around it, folds in the linens, curtains, and nearby furniture. Look for the waste or dark spots. You probably won't see live
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:44 PM on Jul. 12, 2009

  • Take off his sheets and comforter and wash them in hot water if white use clorox. Check his mattress for red specks like splattered blood or rusty looking color and if you see that then you have bed bugs.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:40 PM on Jul. 12, 2009

  • continued, ones, but they look like little mini-cockroaches.

    4) Catch them in the act - Keep a flashlight by your bed, and turn it on about an hour before dawn and watch the sheets closely for movement. Bed bugs usually bite around then, but if you get up or move too much they will go back into hiding. This can be hard to do - if you've only got a few of them, they only need to come out once a week or so anyway, so you might get unlucky and not see any, even though you have them.Carpet tape - This is a great way to do it. Get some double-sided carpet tape (it's tape designed to keep rugs stuck to the floor) and lay out strips around your bed, and on the sides of the mattress but where you won't run into it when you sleep. Leave it out for a few days. If you've got bedbugs, it's likely that at least a couple of them will get stuck on it.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:45 PM on Jul. 12, 2009

  • Another way to catch them is to line to top of the bed with double-sided tape. Just make a big ole square around the edge - you can even double-row it. They walk on, but they can't get off the tape. (or so my doctor told me when my husband came home from working out of town with bites all over him).
    PaceMyself

    Answer by PaceMyself at 12:24 AM on Jul. 13, 2009

  • thank you all so much! I appreciate all the advice!
    Alexsmom04

    Answer by Alexsmom04 at 12:26 AM on Jul. 13, 2009

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