Bed bug bites tend to occur along a straight line, in a pattern known as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The bites themselves are usually nothing more than small, raised, red bumps that itch.
For the most part bed bugs will bite you on exposed areas of skin like the arms, feet, hands, and face. The bites will normally go away within a week.
You’re probably thinking it would be hard to tell them apart from many other kinds of small insect bites. You’re right. That’s why you have to play detective and look for other signs of bed bugs to be sure.
If you have done that though and you’re fairly certain that your bites are bed bug bites, there are a few things you need to know.
The first time you are bitten, it can take up to 9 days for the bites to show on your skin. The more you are bitten, however, the less time between the biting and the skin reaction. This can make it hard to initially identify bites as coming from bed bugs, especially if you have been travelling.
The way a person reacts to the bites varies. Some people have very little reaction. Others can become ill.
Bed bug bites are sometimes misdiagnosed by doctors as scabies, allergic reactions or other insect bites. The delay in onset between the bites and the skin reaction is partly to blame. The doctor may prescribe something to address the bites and the itching but this doesn’t address the bed bugs themselves of course.
The good news is that bed bug bites are not dangerous. Bed bugs do carry certain pathogens but are not known to carry or spread any kind of disease. The bad news is that if you have been bitten by bed bugs in your home, you probably have an infestation on your hands.
Bed bugs can be found almost anywhere in the world but they are very hard to detect especially in the first stage of infestation. Sometimes, your only hope of detecting the presence of bed bugs is through a bed bug bite symptom.
Why They Are Hard to Find
Bed bugs are easy to distinguish once detected. They are reddish-brown, oval flat insects that look like small seeds.
They are wingless and usually do not grow bigger than half an inch. The reason why they are so hard to find is that they usually bite people in the evening and hide in the morning although there are some that may still bite in the morning.
Because of their small size and flat bodies, bed bugs can easily fit in between thin bed slat spaces, furniture cracks, and crevices.
Bed Bug Bite Symptom
A bed bug bite symptom may be your first clue that you have the insects in your room and on your bed or mattress. A bed bug bite is not very painful or not painful at all and may simply just feel itchy.
Bed bug bites may first look like a series of organized or lined welts that are not significantly raised. The welts may be reddish and swollen at first but will fade in a few days.
People with sensitive skin may lose some skin tissue or get skin blisters especially if they violently scratch the welts. Infections and allergies have also been known to occur in some cases.