The Bed Bug bite pictures shown below are to help you identify what it is that is feeding on you in the middle of the night to make sure that you are treating for the right thing.
Bed Bug Facts
Bed bugs are very small so often times the first sign that we have a bed bug infestation is when we notice the itchy bite marks.
The bugs are also the most active during the night, especially in the hours just before dawn when we are in our deepest sleep and more unlikely to bother their feeding.
This means that many times we won’t even see an infestation although we will see its signs which include:
- discarded shell from the bugs as they molt
- dark brown fecal droppings
- their eggs although these are very small
- smears of blood on sheets or the mattress
Although Bed Bugs will feed on animals they seem to prefer human blood.
Bed Bug Bites
Although many people don’t experience any reaction to a bed bug bite, those that do are likely to have some or more of the following symptoms:
- a bite mark with a red, swollen area and a dark red center
- bites that are in a line or grouped together in a small area, especially along blood vessels
- blisters or hives at the bite site(s)
Bed Bug bites are often very itchy and this may be how you may notice them first. A bite area could have a burning sensation for several days. When we scratch a bite this is when it could cause a secondary infection that can cause swelling and bleeding.
A lot of times though you won’t feel the actual bite because the bugs excrete a small amount of an anesthesia into the bite area before they actual pierce the skin.
Although Bed Bug bites can happen almost anywhere on the body the most common places for them is on the areas of skin that gets exposed as we sleep. This includes that face, arms, legs and hands.
My experience is that the bugs will also prefer to look for areas that are bare skin without hair.
Bed bug bites won’t always appear right after you’ve been bitten. The bites can often take several days before they start to become apparent.
These bugs also don’t need to feed every night so it could take some time before you notice the bites as part of a larger pattern.
Reactions to Bed Bug Bites
There is good news though. Unlike a lot of other biting bugs the bed bug won’t transmit any diseases with their bite. Although they are itchy many people won’t notice anything.
The largest problems happen to those people who are allergic to the bite. The most common problems if you are allergic is extra sensitive and engorged bite marks along with painful swelling and a sense of burning. In rare cases people who are very allergic could experience anaphylactic responses to the bite.
Another very common response is insomnia as a result of worrying that you will be bitten again.
Where Are Bed Bugs Found
These nasty biters like to remain close to their food source so the most common areas that you should look for them is around your bed or any areas where you sleep.
To find them pull your covers back from your mattress and check along the seams of the mattress and the bed frame.
The larger the infestation the more likely that they can also be found in sofas or chairs where you remain seated for extended times while you watch TV or read.