Bed bug bites
There is a widespread opinion that bed bugs bite like wasps to get at the host’s blood and feed on it. However, bed bugs don’t bite; they bite!
One of the first signs that you may have slept in a bedbug-infested bed is that you wake up with bites. Often there is also a reddening or wheal on the skin, and the panic is usually significant. We receive many customer inquiries with often the same questions:
- Have I been bitten by bed bugs?
- How do I recognise bed bugs and bed bug bites?
It is not easy to tell the difference between a bed bug bite and another insect when you look at it in isolation from other signs. Below are some clues on how to spot a bed bug bite.
What do bed bug bites look like?
How to spot bed bug bites:
- Bed bug bites are small, flat, thicker bumps, wheals, or bumps on the skin.
- The bite occurs overnight.
- Redness, swelling and severe itching are widespread.
- The bites occur very close together. Three edges in a row are characteristic. Bed bugs rarely hit a blood vessel with the first bite. Since they avoid longer hikes on the human body, a picture of row stitches often shows up (Wanzenstrasse).
- Bites on different parts of the body indicate multiple bed bugs.
Bed bug bites vary in their effects and depend on the sensitivity of the person. While a bed bug bite may cause extreme swelling in one person, another victim may have little reaction. Almost 20% of people even show no reaction to bed bug bites, even though they sleep in a bed bug nest.
Bed bug bites can appear anywhere on the body, but they are usually near the blood vessels under the skin. Check for signs of bites for:
When do bed bugs bite?
- The bites usually occur at night when we are sleeping.
- A bed bug is unlikely to wake its victim as it injects an anaesthetic while sucking blood.
Bitten by bed bugs. What now?
Prevention is always better than aftercare! Once you arrive at a hotel, look for any signs of bed bugs.
If you have been bitten by bed bugs and experience pain, contact a doctor as soon as possible. Bed bugs do not usually transmit contagious diseases, but each person reacts differently to the bites.
AAA Termites and Pest Control specialise in bed bug control. Whether for private individuals or companies: we help with a bed bug infestation in luggage, hotel rooms, bedrooms, living rooms, furniture, etc. Our experts are quickly on-site, practical and guarantee you a professional solution to the problem.
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