What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

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What Do Bed Bugs Look Like?

Bed bug bites – Cimex lectularius are a clever bunch of blood-sucking bugs, and populations are rising.

Getting rid of biting bugs at night and eliminating their spread without professional guidance can cost you a fortune. Additionally, bedbug activity critically disrupts your sleep and may even put your families health at risk!

Some individuals go for months thinking they have a skin condition, not realising it’s hundreds of bedbug bites! People also confuse bedbug bites with those of mosquitoes, horse flies, midges or flea bites.

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

Imagine for a moment you have a piece of paper. If that piece of paper can slide into a gap, then so can our little friends!

Bedbugs like to feed on warm-blooded animals like us. Bugs are often brought into our homes on clothing, luggage, second-hand furniture and ourselves, etc. Most commonly of all, they hitch a ride when we return from trips away from home.

Bed Bug Bites – seen on a female’s arm

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Severe bed bug bites on an adult female.

A BedBug Bite – seen on an adult males arm

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This bedbug bite is on the lower arm of a customer living in a heavily infested renal property. It is clearly very angry looking and possibly infected.

Not everyone will react to bedbug bites! Some people have pronounced allergic reactions to bites from insect (arthropod) pests, while others in the same property will be bitten but exhibit none of the signs or symptoms.

When bedbugs bite, the insect injects you. The bugs straw-like mouthparts pierce the skin and have been implicated in the possible transmission of diseases.

The signs of his skin reaction to the bed bugs bite are clear to see. This was accompanied by one of the common symptoms of bed bug bites, intense itching. Due to infection and scarring caused by previous bites, he tried hard to resist the urge to scratch.

From the photo, the localised reaction is clearly quite angry. The surrounding tissues to the left of the main bite feature a reddening of the skin and slight inflammation.

Bed Bug Bites On An Adults Thumb

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This man’s thumb shows us a fairly representative cluster of Bed Bug Bites. When the bed bug is searching for a suitable place to acquire a blood meal, it is attracted by our bodies’ heat. Another important attractant is carbon dioxide.

Once on our skin, it quickly picks up on the vascular signature and warmth of blood vessels close to the skin. It will then attempt to harvest its blood meal from that point.

More often than not, the bites appear to follow the path of larger blood vessels. As such, these clusters or, more accurately, lines/rows of bites are prevalent.

Where Do Bed Bugs Come From?

Getting rid of Bed bugs and eliminating the spread of bedbugs can be very difficult. They are about the size of a lentil and very flat, so they fit in the smallest of gaps imaginable.

Bedbugs like to feed on human blood and the blood of other warm-blooded animals. These ectoparasites are often brought into our homes on clothing and other items when returning from trips away from home.

Are Bites From Bedbugs Dangerous?

Medical treatments for bed bug bite treatment often includes hydrocortisone cream and gentle cleaning to eliminate bacteria and avoid infection.

When these insects are abundant, they can take so much blood from an infant during a night’s feed that the child will show signs of iron deficiency or anaemia over a short time.

Tests have been carried out that have shown bed bugs crossing a ceiling, then dropping onto a bed and bed frame to access a human host and feed. So even protecting your bed might not prove enough protection against bedbugs.

Over the past year, we have helped our bed bug pest control customers wipe out bed bugs in their homes and businesses.

You can often spot that you have a problem with bed bugs simply by looking around the edges of your mattress, under the folded Seams.

If you find small, oval, flattened insects and dark speckles around them or nearby, you need to get things treated.

Two huge infestations we tackled last year presented a huge challenge, but as usual, we succeeded in taking control and eliminating them.

When Are Bedbugs Most Likely To Bite Me?

They are most active at night, especially in the early hours, but this is variable.

If you work nights and sleep all day, then a darkened room is just as preferable. We have also seen them biting during the day, where the opportunity arises.

Bedbugs, like all animals, will make the most of any opportunity to feed if they need to. Bites often occur on exposed skin, especially the neck, face, hands, arms and feet. Hydrocortisone cream is often helpful at reducing inflammation.

How can I Stop Bed Bugs Biting Me?

A combined, integrated and professional approach is normally the only thing that will crush a colony of bed bugs.

Sprays, creams and other barrier protection is available but won’t always work.

The best that most barrier protection can achieve is a reduction in the likelihood of being bitten or minimise the number of bites.

Differences Between Bed Bug & Flea Bites

The main difference is easily spotted with bites from adult bedbugs.

Flea bites won’t bleed and rarely have an obvious puncture mark in the centre.

Bed bug bites regularly continue to seep blood immediately after feeding and have an undeniable puncture mark.

The real challenge is with juvenile bedbugs, where the bites are almost identical to flea bites.

This is where we need to see the bedbugs or other evidence before we can give a reliable diagnosis and prescribe a suitable course of treatment options.

Where a diagnosis is not possible with any clarity, we might treat it proactively for fleas and bedbugs. We use residual insecticides together with fumigation for a comprehensive level of control of almost any insect species.

If you are deeply concerned about your insect bites, it is always worth visiting your doctor for advice.

How Long Will Bug Infestations Last

It depends on many factors, but if carried out properly, a single treatment should suffice. That said, you may need multiple treatments in established infestations.

Most modern homes contain large amounts of furniture and other items.

This means meticulously going through and checking every item. Unless you are thorough, you cannot say with any certainty that the area is clear.

In our experience, the proactive involvement of the customer (daily checks of beds etc.) is essential to success. Without customers help and surveillance, It is almost always impossible to eliminate bedbugs.

Many people move! With our help, though, this doesn’t have to happen to you.

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