Have you ever woke up with red marks on your body after a good night’s sleep in your bed?
Chances are, you may have been bitten by a small parasite called a bed bug. Bed bugs are small insects with a reddish-brown look. They will bite any amount of exposed human or animal skin and they will feed on its blood.
Bed bugs are about the size of an apple seed and they hide in many different locations in your bedroom and home, including:
Unfortunately, identifying bed bug bites is difficult. Bed bug bites often look like other bug bites. Further complicating things, some people don’t react to bed bug bites at all.
Generally, you can detect bed bug bites by seeing spots that are red, often they are darker in the middle areas, the bite is often itchy, but not always. Bites are often near or on areas of the skin that are directly on the bed sheet.
One distinguishing characteristic of a bed bug bite is they are often in a pattern either in a rough line or in a cluster. This is due to their feeding habits. They will often bite, pull in blood, move a little, bit, pull in blood, etc.
Some people have allergic reactions to bed bug bites. These reactions cause them to form a rash, commonly referred to as a bed bugs rash. Symptoms that can also occur, but are rare are developing hives or blisters. These allergic reactions are caused by a chemical in the bed bug’s saliva that numbs your skin so you can’t feel the bed bug biting you.
You should see a doctor for treatment if:
While rare, severe allergic reactions may require an injection of an antihistamine or corticosteriod or epinephrine (adrenaline). If you have severe swelling, trouble breathing or feel nauseous, seek immediate medical assistance.
One other complication often accompanied with bed bug bites are skin infections due to scratching. If you have bleeding, very red skin around the bite area that is hot to the touch, or you see pus coming from the bites, you should seek medical attention, and possibly get treated for an infection. Infections, often require an antibiotic cream. The best way to avoid this condition is to NOT scratch at the bites.
If you think you’ve been bitten by bed bugs, you’ll want to immediately wash the bitten area with hot water and soap to both disinfect the area, and to reduce itching.
Read more about how treat bed bug bites on our bite treatment page.
The risk of you encountering bed bugs mostly lies in places with high turnover of guests – both day and night time, particularly in places like hospitals, homeless shelter, hotel and motels.
The common causes to bed bug infestations may also be linked to insecticide resistance, increases in international travel and recent changes to pest control activities.
Commonly by hitchhiking. Bed bugs are known to be great hick hikers. They move from one site to another by travelling on items such as clothing, furniture, luggage bags, boxes, carpets and bedding. Bed bugs do not care if your environment is clean or dirty, all they need is a warm host and plenty of creaks and crevices to hiding places.
Bed Bugs crawl as fast as a lady bug. Bed bugs do not fly or jump, although they may look like it. They just crawl very quickly.
If you have bed bugs, you won’t usually see the bugs themselves very often. But what you will see are signs they’re around. You may find spots of blood on bedding, on upholstered furniture and sometimes on couches.
Other times, you may see spots of blood near the seams of furniture or bedding. You may also see their exoskeletons. Bed Bugs have an outer featured shell that they can shed and leave behind.
You may also see tiny blackish specks on your bed sheets and mattress, which are bedbug excrement.
Finally, you may also see eggs. After mating, these female bedbugs lay small white and oval eggs in cracks and in crevices. Magnified photographs would show you the eggs clearly, as they are often difficult to see with your natural eyes.
Read more about finding bed bugs in your home on our bed bug detection page.
Treating bed bug rash and bite symptoms isn’t enough. Unless you get rid of the bed bugs from your home, you’ll just continue to get bitten.
The most effective way to treat a bed bug infestation in your home is to engage a professional exterminator, and one that has experience treating bed bugs. The downside to engaging a professional exterminator is that it can be expensive, and for money just not within their financial means.
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