If you've been experiencing itchy, red welts on your skin that are much larger than the average mosquito bite, there's a good chance you're dealing with bed bug bites. Bed bug bites can be difficult to identify, as they often look similar to other insect bites. However, they have some defining characteristics that make them much easier to spot.
In this article, we'll discuss how to identify bed bug bites and how to treat them. We'll also provide tips on how to prevent bed bug bites from occurring in the first place.
Bed bug bites usually occur on exposed skin, such as the arms, legs, or neck. They can also be found on the face, chest, or back. The bites are small and red, often appearing in a line or cluster. Bed bugs typically bite at night while you're sleeping, which can make it difficult to identify the source of the bites.
Here is a more unique recommendation here that may help you identify a potential bed bug issue. Since they are active at night and in bedding, it's worth considering if you have experienced any irritation or disturbances during sleep, or even in your dreams if you can remember them. Large amounts of bed bugs can cause a great deal of discomfort in bed over time, and being mindful of potential concentrations of itchiness can help while you're on the lookout.
If you suspect you have bed bug bites, there are a few things you can do to confirm your suspicions. First, check for evidence of small insects in your bedding and furniture. If you find any bed bugs or evidence of their presence (e.g., shed skin), this is a strong indication that you have an infestation. Notably, they leave behind excrement that looks like tiny dark specs that are similar to the excrement that fleas can leave behind.
Second, look for signs of blood on your sheets or pillowcases. Bed bugs often leave behind small spots of blood after biting. These spots are often small enough to be very distinct from any other sources of more naturally occurring blood, like nosebleeds.
Bed bug bites can often be confused with mosquito bites or other insect bites. These bites tend to give larger welts than mosquitos, and they may be more frequent. One fortunate aspect of mosquitos is that they are also quite active during the day; if you have a serious mosquito problem, you'll most likely become aware of it while you're awake.
If you're unsure whether you have bed bug bites and need a professional opinion, consult a medical professional or dermatologist for a more formal diagnosis.
Once you've confirmed that you have bed bug bites, there are a few things you can do to treat them. First, wash the affected area with soap and water. This will help to reduce itching and irritation.
Second, apply an anti-itch cream or lotion to the affected area. This will help to further reduce itching and irritation. Finally, try to avoid scratching the bites, as this can lead to infection.
Oral antihistamines (like Benadryl) can also help to reduce swelling and inflammation caused. This can be a life-saver in extreme cases, but be sure to use the recommended dosage on the label.
You may have some bites that have filled with fluids. Check out this Mayo Clinic article on first aid for blister like bite injuries. Be sure to sanitize whenever handling them, and to rebandage them after popping them!
If you're concerned about preventing bed bug bites, there are a few things you can do. First, make sure to keep your bedding and furniture clean and free of clutter. This will make it more difficult for bed bugs to hide and thrive.
Second, consider using a mattress cover or encasement. This will create a barrier between you and the bed bugs, making it more difficult for them to bite you. Finally, regularly vacuum your floors and furniture to remove any bed bugs that may be present.
Unfortunately, if you already have bed bugs, you will need to call an exterminator nine times out of ten. Bed bugs are extremely difficult to remove from modern homes without fumigation. Our comfy couches and fluffy winter sweaters may make our lives better, but they also can be a breeding ground for pests if you don't keep up on cleaning them!
By following these tips, you can help to prevent bed bug bites and reduce the risk of an infestation in your home. If you suspect you have bed bugs, contact a pest control professional right away for assistance. Bed bug infestations can be difficult to eradicate, so it's important to get professional help as soon as possible. With proper treatment, you can get rid of bedbugs and avoid being bitten in the future.