How long do bed bug bites last?
A bed bug bite will likely last between one to two weeks depending on the series of bites you received. Abed bug bites multiple times as it seeks the blood meal which is why you will have a series of bites in a row or a zigzag pattern. For those who are sensitive to such bites the bite site will take as long as three weeks to heal.
It is not easy to get rid of the evidence of a bed bug bite but you can mitigate the effects so that it heals faster. One of the reasons bed bugs last for so long is because they can be very itchy which causes you to break skin as you try to alleviate the itch.
A bed bug bite
Bed bugs break the skin using their beak like protrusion of a mouth. They love to bite any area of the body that is exposed to them but you will typically see their bites on the face, hands, neck and arms. The bite is usually not itchy at first and that’s why people can’t swat it away. But after the bed bug has detached itself the bite site becomes especially painful and itchy.
They also love to leave a calling card after feeding and biting which is its fecal matter. It looks like a black period point but that is actually bed bug poop.
What to do with a bed bug bite
Once you notice the bite you need to clean it up I order to lessen the bite of the itch. It will also aid in lessening the swelling. Because there is no venom left in the bite site or saliva like the mosquito so you don’t have to press the bite site.
The itch will be super irritating for a while so if you are not settling down, consider using some calamine lotion which helps soothe the area. While the bite isn’t infected with disease because bed bugs are not disease carriers but the bite can become infected when you itch too hard and the site becomes an open wound. So when you have a bed bug bit it is advisable to try and alleviate the itch in order to mitigate it.
It is possible to experience bed bug bites without seeing the actual bed bugs. This is because they are nocturnal insects that will hide from you and bite when you are unaware. Take the time to check your mattress and bedding for telltale signs of the insects like fecal stains and blood smears.