How to Identify Bed Bug Bites
I’m sure that there have been times when you’ve been skeptical about sleeping on just any bed for fear of being bitten by bugs. The question is – even if the bugs bites you, would you be able to spot their bites and possibly distinguish them from those of insects like fleas and mosquitoes?
You need to be able to distinguish bedbug bites from those of other insects, so you don’t end up paying so much to get rid of a bedbug infestation when your house was never infested, I’m the first place. Below are some features of bedbugs and their bites that would help you detect their presence in your home.
Bites from Bedbugs Vs. Bites from Other Insects
If you’re wondering why bedbugs bite more often at night than during the day, it’s merely because they like having their meals undisturbed, and the best time happens to be at night – while you sleep. Nonetheless, it is good you also know that insects like fleas and mosquitoes also prefer to feed while you’re asleep and completely still.
How then do you get to know if the insect that bit you in your sleep is a bedbug, mosquitoes, fleas or if it’s merely an allergic reaction that is manifesting on your skin?
Distinguishing bed bug bites from those of other insects isn’t all that easy because not every skin type reacts to insect bites, and even when they do, the reactions are usually different in different people. Furthermore, these reactions may take up to a few days to become visible.
The significant difference between bedbug bites and those of other insects is the small reddish wheals that can be found scattered or clustered on any part of the body a few hours or days after a bedbug bite. These bite marks sometimes itch mildly and then severely at other times.
What Exactly Do These Pesky Bugs Look Like?
Mature bedbugs look no different from the seeds of watermelon and are usually about 0.6cm in body length. They are of a reddish-brown coloration, and their flat oval bodies are often bigger than their normal size after each feeding. Bugs are wingless insects with three pairs of legs and antennae for vision and sensitivity.
The features mentioned above are not solely peculiar to bedbugs. Insects like carpet beetles and bat bugs are often confused for bedbugs because of their similar anatomy. However, unlike other insects, bedbugs can be found in hidden places like table sides, ceiling edges, mattresses, wall edges, and clothing.
How Do I Identify a Bedbug Infestation?
Before you run off to hire pest control professionals, take a look at the signs that actually confirms the presence of bedbugs in your house:
• Tiny dark stains on your bedding
• Dried blood on your bedding and nightwear
• Discovering the exoskeleton shed by the eggs and nymphs of bedbugs
• Always finding itchy, red insect bites on your skin whenever you sleep on a particular bed or sofa.
That you discover either or all of the above signs doesn’t really confirm the presence of bedbugs because even fleas leave the same signs. It is best you contact your pest control expert as soon as you find any of these signs around your home. Controlling bedbugs is usually more effective when done early because these pesky parasites are quite challenging to eliminate completely.