What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

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What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

Bedbugs are everyone’s nightmare. These little devils are a member of the Hemiptera species of insects and feast only on blood. 

They are more likely to be found on body parts like the hands, neck, shoulders, legs, face and the arms which are more exposed while one is asleep. They usually reside in your hotel rooms, hostels, or even the apartments you live in.

Because of their small sizes, they can catch a ride in your bags, furniture, luggage, and boxes too. And it is surely not a pleasant scene when they bite you.

What Are The Symptoms And Signs Of Bug Bites?

A bedbug bite can be traced by blood spots on the bed or by the presence of bug excrement near your pillow or on the bed sheets. The bedbug bites are not reactive immediately and hence allows the bug to suck human blood for a good 10 minutes.

Some people may suffer from severe itching, red bumps or swelling a day after the bug bite. These may appear as a line of multiple red marks, because of being bitten by more than one bug. Apart from itching, these bug bites may also cause inflammation. The burning area develops red bumps or blisters. In other cases, the bites do not even get recognized because they don’t cause any marks or discomfort. It varies among people.

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What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

The size of bed bug bites varies because of many factors. While piercing through the human skin, theses bugs inject an anticoagulant along with their saliva. It is how this particular anticoagulant reacts with someone's blood that decides the size of the bite. Another important factor is the number of times the person got bit. Multiple bites in the same area might cause excessive itching and inflammation leading to an elongated mark.

Why Do They Bite?

Bed bugs solely feed on human blood. They need blood to mature into adults. The females need it to produce eggs. So blood is their only food source. Once the bed bug finds a suitable blood vessel, it sticks its mouth into it to start withdrawing blood. The same bug might bite you several times to achieve contentment. Because of their extra sensitivity to movements, these bed bugs retreat sucking once the sleeping person moves.

What To Do If You Have A Bed Bug Bite? 

A bedbug bite does cause itchiness and a burning sensation, but scratching the affected area will only elevate the problem. Scratching the bed bug bite or inability in keeping the affected area disinfected and clean would lead to further infections. Any individual with a low immunity system is more likely to catch secondary infections followed by bedbug bites. If your mark comes across as a stubborn one then better ask your doctor to provide you medical advice.

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To have a good night's sleep, one needs to get rid of these stinging pests feeding on their blood. If you have an infestation of bed bugs in your apartment, it is advisable to get a pest control done. And if you ever experienced a bedbug bite, let us know in the comment section below.

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