Bed Bug Bite Identification

6/16/2016


bed bug bites

Okay. You have bites. But are they bed bug bites? It can be hard to tell. After all, there are lots of bugs that bite. Fortunately, bed bugs leave behind very distinctive clues.

Bed Bug Bites or Something Else?

  • These pests most often leave a very noticeable rash when they bite. This rash can be large enough to make the bites almost seem more like an allergic skin reaction than bites from an insect. But they don't always leave this rash, and sometimes this rash can have less of a surface area. It depends on how resistant you are to the anticoagulant they administer into the bite wound. But, even if you are resistant, over time, that resistance can break down. This is why many people don't realize they are being bitten by bed bugs until it is too late to stop a major infestation.

  • Since bed bug bites can look a lot like mosquito bites, it helps if you take note of whether or not you've been outside recently, especially in a place where you were getting bitten by mosquitoes a lot.

  • Bed bugs bite multiple times. Entomologists jokingly refer to bites as breakfast, lunch, and supper. Silly entomologists! But, being a bug that bites multiple times, they tend to leave a pattern. Bites will often appear in a line or a cluster, and have less of a random pattern to them than mosquito or flea bites do.

  • Bed bug bites can be mistaken for many other things; that’s why it is important to look for other signs of infestation to connect your rashy bumps to these blood-eating pests.

Bed Bug Signs

  • Obviously, seeing a bed bug is going to be your best indication that you have these pests. While you're most likely to see bed bugs at night, and when CO2 emissions increase, they can come out in the daytime as well. You should take steps to know what they look like when you see them.

  • Bed bugs leave feces everywhere. You'll find black streaks on pillowcases, bed sheets, baseboards, walls, outlet covers, and more. You'll also see black patches on mattresses and upholstered furniture, especially in seams and stitching.

  • Bed bugs go through 5 stages of development (called instars). In each stage, they shed their cuticle (skin); be on the lookout for these.

  • When bed bugs finish feeding, they can leave blood staining on sheets and pillowcases.

If you live in our Kansas service area and you're being bitten by bed bugs, reach out to us. These pests are difficult to get rid of. Our team of experts uses the most advanced bed bug methods and products to exterminate these bugs safely, efficiently, and discreetly. Don't let the bed bugs bite. Get Schendel.




 

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