Bed bug bites are itchy and uncomfortable, and usually happen while you’re deep asleep. No one wants to be bitten, but unfortunately these bites can be quite common during a bed bug infestation. Bed bug bites can often be mistaken for other bug bites, so it’s important to properly identify your bug bites so that you can treat them effectively.
Bed Bug Identification
When you see an insect scurrying around, your first instinct might not be to lean in closer. However, at first glance, bed bugs can easily be mistaken for other bugs that want to share your home. You will want to confirm what type of bug you find so that you can choose the most effective removal treatment.
Bed Bug Appearance
Bed bugs are small, flat, and usually brown in color. They are often related to an apple seed in size and appearance. However, they will swell a bit and gain a reddish color after biting and feeding on someone. They cannot fly, however, they can jump very high and run very quickly, making it seem like they can fly from one spot to another.
Bed Bug Bites
Unfortunately, these bites can easily be mistaken for other bug bites or even skin irritation and rashes. Bed bug bites are notorious for their zig-zag pattern or clustered bites. This is because when they bite, they will feed on a spot, move a bit, and keep feeding, producing a zig-zag or cluster of bites. You will most likely not notice when a bed bug bites you, since they only feed when their host is sleeping, and also produce a small amount of anesthetic when they bite.
However, you will most likely notice the itchy, burning bumps when you wake up or throughout the day. Bed bugs can also go days without feeding, so it may take some time for you to notice any bed bug bites at first.
Places to Check
If you have been in places you know contain bed bugs, make sure to check any clothing or bags that may have been exposed. If you want to be safe, wash your clothes and bags immediately and shower or bathe as well.
However, if you suspect an infestation in your home already, you’ll want to thoroughly check all potential hiding spots for bed bugs. Pay close attention to your mattress, bedding, box spring, headboards, pillows, furniture, and any other cracks or crevices you think they might crawl into.
Care for Bed Bug Bites
Most likely you’ll know you have bed bugs by finding bites on loved ones or yourself. These bites don’t pose serious health threats, but can become quite uncomfortable and itchy. Firstly, make sure to wash your clothing and bedding to remove any potential bugs. Next, wash your bug bites with soap and water to clean and sanitize the area. Sometimes a quick wash can be enough, but if not, you can always apply anti-itch creams or calamine lotion to relieve any discomfort. If your bites begin to swell and even cause pain, it’s recommended to take an over-the-counter pain reliever.
If these methods seem ineffective, or you begin to have allergic reactions to the bites, it’s best to call your doctor or visit a hospital. Of course, call 911 if the reactions are serious and debilitating.
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