How To Treat Bed Bug Bites
Identifying Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites are not uncommon—especially when your home is in the midst of a bedbug infestation. Finding out whether your mark is from a bed bug bite or not requires some investigation.
Our helpful guide below ensures you a speedy recovery, with our professional bed bug removal services to keep those critters at bay for years to come.
What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
The bites are raised and red, and have a similar appearance to bites or stings from a wide variety of other bugs and insects: mosquitoes, fleas, chiggers, ticks, centipedes, etc.
The bites can be misleading—bed bug bites can often look like spider bites due to their size and redness, and the fact that they won’t itch for several days at first, but here are some clear markers to indicate you have bed bug bites:
Bed bug bites vs mosquito bites vs flea bites are difficult to differentiate--if you're still unsure, consult with a doctor to professionally diagnose your marks.
Where are the bed bug bites located
Bed bug bites are usually located on visbile skin, including:
These are the areas most often exposed while you sleep. This isn't an exclusive list: bed bugs will bite anywhere they can feed, so if you have marks on your chest, stomach, or other areas, do not immediately rule out bed bugs as the culprits.
How to get rid of bug bites
Whether you've got bed bug bites on arms, legs, or your face, you're concerned about one thing: how to make the itching stop.
We've got the bed bug bite home remedy list for you:
If home remedies just are not cutting it for those bites, then you can try:
**DON'T SCRATCH BED BUG BITES**
**Scratching a bed bug bite can cause a secondary infection and could lead to bleeding, sepsis, or, in the worst possible case, death from prolonged, untreated infection.
How long do bug bites last
Bed bug bite appearance and symptoms can last anywhere from 1 week to 3 weeks. Though your symptoms may fluctuate in severity, it’s important to monitor the appearance of your bites to ensure that they fully disappear and your skin recovers properly.
If you’re more sensitive to the bites then it may take you longer to fully heal, but don’t worry: you will recover and the itching will subside.
Are there Bed Bugs in Your Home?
Look around. Are there bed bugs present in your home? Is there anything to indicate the presence of some other bug you may have been bitten or stung by? If you check your bed, clothes, and furniture, and don’t see any bed bugs present, chances are high that you’re not dealing with bed bug bites. You’ll want to investigate other insects and bugs as the possible culprit.
Bite marks (the raised, red spots) don't appear until a few days after you've received the bites, and many people misidentify them as acne, rashes from their clothing, spider bites, or just blame it on their dirty sheets. This is because a few days of fasting is not a problem for bed bugs. By the time a person notices the bite marks and feels the itching and burning, the bed bugs are in hiding again. This cycle sometimes repeats for months before a resident makes the connection between the bugs and the marks on the resident's skin. Don't let that happen to you.