Signs and Symptoms of Bed Bug Bites
Checking for these critters can be a tiresome and stressful job, especially if you don’t know how to identify bedbugs.
But, why are bedbugs so hard to find? Well, they’re smart enough to hide from us during the day, but they’re not intelligent enough to clean up their evidence after a night of blood-sucking.
The three most obvious bed bug signs are:
- Fecal leftovers/stains on your mattress and bedding
- Blood stains on your clothes and bedding
- Bedbug sheddings, shells or skeletons (grim)
While bed bug stains may all look the same, there is an important difference between their blood stains and their fecal stains:
“Because bed bugs generally feast on the blood of their hosts, creeping out of hiding places at night to latch on, some people think that fecal stains from the insects should at least be tinged with the color of blood. This is not, in fact, the case. Fecal spotting tends to resemble smears or stains, which are dark brown or even black. This is because the blood has been digested and excreted.”
According to the USEPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) bed bug bites on the skin do not provide enough evidence to suggest that a bed bug infestation is taking place:
“Bites on the skin are a poor indicator of a bed bug infestation. Bed bug bites can look like bites from other insects (such as mosquitoes or chiggers), rashes (such as eczema or fungal infections) or even hives. Some people do not react to bed bug bites at all.”
Specific Signs for Bed Bugs to Look-out For
Bed bugs, obviously, hide where you sleep!
If you awake to bed bug bites, search around where you sleep for evidence. More often than not, you may not see the bugs, but you may find their remains. The most common areas these critters dominate are:
- Bed frames
- Furniture crevices (down the back of the sofa)
- Box springs
Don’t let the bedtime proverb fool you, these pests can become quite a nuisance if they’re not dealt with swiftly. Be sure to check that your sleeping arrangements/area is clean and fresh daily.
Suffered a Bed Bug Bite? Don’t Worry!
Bed bug bites are, for the most part, entirely harmless. Unlike other biting bugs, bed bugs do not transmit disease once they’ve bitten you.
The biggest worry you have (and it’s not even a big worry) is that in rare cases, the bed bug bite ca cause a skin infection around the bite. Though, this is primarily due to constant scratching, not necessarily the bite itself. If you find out you’re allergic to the bites (again, rare) then you may experience a burning sensation around the bite, swelling and in extreme cases, an anaphylactic response.
What Does a Bed Bug Bite Look Like?
Orkin.com have highlighted a few pictures that really highlight bed bug bites in all their horrible glory.
In truth, bed bug bites don’t look too bad at all, they’re quite similar to mosquito bites, in fact.
Take a look here at some of the typical reactions people have towards being bitten by a bed bug:
How to Treat Bed Bug Bites
It’s all well and good finding out how to spot a bed bug, but what happens if it’s already bitten you?
TAAD (The American Academy of Dermatology) has suggested that you should seek out a dermatologist if your condition is worse than usual. This may appear in the form of blisters, oozing, bites, pus or anything that resembles a bad bite and/or infection.
Failing that, you can always wash the bites with a friendly soap (nothing to chemically enhanced) and water. This helps prevents the surrounding skin becoming infected, and reduces itchiness. If the itching is a serious problem for you, simply apply a corticosteroid cream to the bites, these creams can be found at any local pharmacy.
No Need to Worry!
The main point you should take away form this article is that bed bugs really aren’t worth worrying about. If you do find out that you have a bed bug infestation, don’t be afraid to contact us here, our friendly team are at hand to help, no matter how big or small the problem.