Are Bed Bug Bites Itchy?
January 17, 2017
It happens to everyone. A sudden burning itch on the ankle or arm. A simple scratch and it’s gone, right? But, it’s not. It just keeps itching so you keep scratching until you finally take a closer look and discover it looks more like a bite you don’t remember getting. It is doubtful that there are many people in the our country that haven’t had a mystery bite that they can’t explain. Most of these are dismissed as a random rash or as coming from mosquitoes or fleas, but it could be a bed bug bite. Bed bugs are not just the topic of an old saying any longer. In recent years, bed bugs have made a marvelous comeback and have spread quickly across the country to motels, college campuses, and homes everywhere.
The bed bug is a tiny, brown, oval-shaped insect that mostly enjoys living under mattresses, in chairs, or even in the carpet so that they have access to their favorite feeding grounds - namely, people. These pests are patient. They generally wait for their host to fall asleep and creep out to grab their favorite dinner, blood. They are tiny enough so that the host has no idea until a day or two later when symptoms begin to appear.
Some lucky people might not have a reaction to a bed bug bite, but many experience an itchy or burning red welt that gets darker toward the center with several of these welts in one area of the body. Occasionally, a person will develop hives or blisters as a reaction.
The safest thing to do is to check out the area around your bed, especially near the head under the mattress. If there is a bed bug infestation there might be tiny translucent specs that could be eggs or drops of blood and feces. Check any soft chairs where the family might gather to watch television. This is a favorite of bed bugs as well. A flashlight will come in handy for this inspection.
Still, bed bugs can be elusive to the untrained eye and impossible to get rid of with home remedies. If a bed bug infestation is suspected, your best course of action is to call Moyer Pest Control to come and do an inspection of your home. Thanks to a highly skilled technician and our K9 inspection unit we can easily find where bed bugs are hiding. Then, working closely with the homeowner, we can come up with a treatment plan that is both safe for the home and effective at completely eradicating bed bugs in all stages of development getting you comfortably back in your bed before you know it.