One of my wards went on a school camping trip to Malaysia 2 weeks ago and brought back bedbugs. When I first saw the bites, I thought they were mosquito bites as there is a construction site behind my backyard. And my area has a few cases of dengue fever.
I sprayed the entire house with insecticide every morning when the kids were at school and used insect repellents. The boy had new bites every morning and then my son got it too. The bites were very itchy, the boys scratched a lot.
On Sunday, sensing something more serious, I checked the internet and discovered that my boys were bitten by bedbugs! These annoying parasites feed solely upon the blood of warm-blooded living things. Panicked, I called a contact at National Environment Agency (NEA) and he was unable to help. :(
I googled for more information and found various ways to solve my problem. I discarded all the boys' mattresses, bedsheets, pillows, blankets...... and rushed to a supermarket to buy Neem Oil (very smelly!) and a 'Bedbug Killer'.
We cleaned out the boys' bedroom, sprayed every nook and corner with the pesticide and wiped bed frames and furniture with Neem Oil. I made the boys used Dettol when they bathe and also mopped the whole house with it. Paranoid! hehe.....
The ugly scars from the bedbugs' bites.