Bed bug bites are oftentimes one of those first signs that you have a bed bug problem. But what makes bed bug bites different from other bug bites? How can you tell when you have bed bugs from bites?
Bed Bug Bite Pictures
Bed bug bites can look a lot like flea or mosquito bites. People have variant reactions to bed bug bites, which make it difficult to determine a bed bug problem with just a look at skin bites.
When a bed bug bites you they will insert a saliva which keeps your blood from clotting. This process allows the bed bug to fill up on your blood while biting you. Many times people do not have reactions to bed bug bites and may only have some white or small red bumps. For other people bed bugs will cause an allergic reaction that will cause larger, more inflamed, red bumps.
Flea or Mosquito Bites
Flea bites look similar to bed bug bites. If you have a pet in the house and they are scratching feverishly throughout the day and/or night then your problem is likely fleas. If that pet sleeps on your bed then chances increase that fleas will claim your bed.
Mosquito bites can produce similar red bumps. We have all incurred a mosquito bite or two in our life. Usually those bites will occur on exposed skin during the daytime hours. So if you are wearing long pants and happen to have bites showing up high on your thighs then you can eliminate mosquitoes as your bug problem.
Things to Consider for Bed Bug Bites
- Bed bugs will likely bite you during the night. This is not always the case, but it is their normal behavior. So if you are waking up at in the morning with bites that were not present before bed then bed bugs can be a possible problem.
- Bed bugs will feed on exposed skin, not through clothes or sheets. However, if you are have loose clothing they can crawl underneath clothing to find optimal spots to bite you.
- Bed bug bites do not pose immediate health hazards to a person (versus a brown recluse bite). The allergic reaction a person has can be the most immediate concern. As an infestation grows the amount of bites one receives can be the largest nuisance leading to potential health hazards.