How to Kill Bed Bugs

Take care of your body

By Caryn Solly

If you are being bitten by bed bugs, there are several things you can do to relieve the extreme itchiness.

One way to battle getting new bites and sleeplessness due to middle-of-the-night feedings is to sleep with as much of your body covered as possible, which can mean wearing pants tucked into socks and long-sleeved shirts tucked into pants in bed.

Some people choose to find other places to sleep, such as with friends or family or even a hotel, while battling bed bugs, in order to get more restful sleep. But remember, leaving a home vacant without treating the problem will not make it go away.

There are over-the-counter sleep aids available at pharmacies. Follow the directions carefully, heed warnings, and beware of dependency on them. Consult your doctor before taking a sleep aid.

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