Bed bug bites are one of the most common ways people know they have the pest somewhere in their homes. Bed bugs are small, nocturnal, and feast on the blood of humans and animals because they are parasites. Bed bug bites are caused from one of the insects latching onto a person to eat. These marks do not always appear right away. Sometimes, bite marks will appear several days after the bed bugs have eaten. Bed bugs also do not eat every day, so it’s possible for there to be a cycle of days where bites appear, disappear, and then reappear. So what do these bites look like?
Bed bug bites tend to leave a red, swollen area where the pest bit into the skin. These marks can often be seen arranged in a line or grouping because bed bugs feed together, often many at a time. These bites can also cause blisters and hives when a person has an allergic reaction to the pest and the residue they leave behind. These marks can typically be found on the arms, hands, legs, and feet of a person, as well as other areas which are exposed when someone is sleeping. On the bright side, bed bug bites are not known to spread disease. Usually, the worst reaction someone has to a bite is allergic, and some people might excessively scratch the marks. If this occurs, it is best to be careful as scratching can cause skin irritation and a possible infection.
One of the biggest downsides to bed bug bites is that they are not easy to distinguish from other bug marks. Bed bug bites bear a remarkable similarity to mosquito bites because of their itchy, red, and swollen characteristics. One of the best ways to tell the difference between the two is to check their quantity. Mosquitos, even when there are several with them, do not typically bite in the same region, while bed bug bites will almost always be in groups. These bed bug bites can also be mistaken for the bites of fleas. The main difference between the two is that flea bites are much smaller. Fleas also tend to feast on a person’s legs and ankles, while bed bug bites are more common throughout the body.
Like many other marks, bed bug bites do not require hospitalization or severe medical treatment. People can usually treat the irritation by applying a soothing antiseptic cream to stop the itching. It is also best to stop scratching so the marks are not agitated further. If someone suffers an allergic reaction and it is not severe, taking an antihistamine can help diminish the symptoms. However, if someone develops a rash, has trouble breathing, or shows any other signs of a serious allergic reaction, then they should be taken to a doctor or hospital immediately.
Because bed bug bites indicate that the pests are present in a residence and are comfortable enough to feed off of people in the home, the best course of action is to call a pest control company. Many home remedies fail to eliminate bed bugs because they are prolific, capable of hiding in tiny spaces, and often hard to find. Bed bugs have been known to live behind window frames, in the cracks of walls, and even around and behind electrical outlets. Trained exterminators have access to the components for fumigation to fully seek out and destroy entire groups of bed bugs without harming the residents of a property. They can also target bed bug eggs and larvae that might be hiding throughout a home. If you see bed bug bites on yourself or your family, call our pest control specialists quickly to exterminate them before they make you a meal again.
Jose D. has been providing pest control solutions to North County San Diego residents since 2000!