Experiencing bed bug bites can be both irritating and uncomfortable. These small insects consume your blood during the night, leading to itchiness that can disrupt your sleep. They then come back for another round of feeding in the early morning hours before you’re up.

The problem with bed bugs is they are not easy to spot or get rid of unless you have an effective bed bug treatment.

This article discusses how you can identify whether you are dealing with a bed bug infestation, as well as some simple strategies that work best when trying to eradicate these pests from your home.

Bed Bug Bites Aren’t Always Painful

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Most people who have tried getting bit by bedbugs often say that they’re painless at first, but the itchiness can become noticeable after some time.

They also don’t always leave any obvious marks on the skin, which makes it difficult to identify that you are actually dealing with bed bugs and not something else like mosquito bites or spiders.

In addition, they usually do not have any signs of pain when they happen. The most common symptoms that show up after getting bitten by bed bugs include itchy skin on your body where you were bitten.

These will often heal without treatment within one week if left alone but could last longer depending on how many, and severe their bites are.

It is hard to identify whether an individual has been bitten by bedbugs due to their small size, so anyone who suspects they may have these critters should look for other telltale signs such as black fecal matter spots from crushed bed bugs on furniture, bedding, or mattresses.

Bites From Bed Bug May Get Infected

Bedbugs, unlike certain other bugs, do not transfer illnesses when they bite. However, bedbug bites can get infected in certain situations, such as when they are scratched or broken.

Pain and soreness extending from the bite are possible indications and symptoms of infection.

If you have a severe infection, it might look like a red itching lump with a dark core and a swollen surrounding region that is lighter; A zigzag pattern or a line of tiny red bumps or welts;  Blisters or hives surround tiny red lumps, or popular eruptions or inflammatory regions of skin having elevated or flat patches.

To avoid getting bed bug bites infected, you should avoid scratching the areas affected, which will only lead to inflammation and infection.

It is better not to scratch or break any of their bites when they happen so that you don’t risk getting an infected one.

This can be done by applying a cold pack on the area affected, using antihistamines like Benadryl, taking acetaminophen for pain relief, ibuprofen for swelling, redness, and fever reduction if necessary.

Bed Bugs Can Bite and Feed on You Regularly

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Without proper precaution and approach, bed bugs can bite and feed on you regularly by going back to your sleeping location in the morning and night.

Bed bugs often bite and feed on humans while they sleep, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll wake up itching right away.

The way bed bugs bite can be a little difficult to understand. They have mouth parts that are shaped like long, thin needles. This makes it easy for them to pierce the skin and drink blood without leaving any marks or causing pain.

After they feed on one person, they will often go back for seconds when he/she is sleeping again because of their need for constant blood intake in order to survive.

Bed Bug Bites Don’t Appear on Your Back Alone

Any area of your body can be bitten by bedbugs.  But, typically, when people think of bedbugs, they only picture the marks on their back.

Bed bug bites can appear anywhere and are often found in clusters or small groups in a line across your skin, like along the spine, for instance.

They will, however, bite exposed parts of flesh as you sleep, such as your face, neck, arms, and hands.

The Final Sayings

If you’ve ever had these parasites enter your house, you know how difficult it is to deal with the problem on your own.

That’s why we wrote this article about what to anticipate when meeting bedbugs, including how their bites impact humans.

If you ever encounter a bed bug and have no idea what to do, just give us a call, and we can help you right away!