Are These Bed Bug Bites or Something Else?
March 13, 2019
When it comes to bed bugs
, knowing when you have an infestation can be tough. Especially because of the fact that bed bugs are nocturnal insects that usually only come out to feed once their host has gone to sleep. They do this by piercing their host’s skin and drawing blood through their beak for upwards of ten minutes, before crawling back into hiding. Combine this with the fact that many people have no reaction to bed bug bites at all, and you have yourself a seriously hard-to-find and identify pest.
Identifying Bed Bug Bites
In a study done at the University of Kentucky where people were subjected to bed bugs to record their reactions to them, researchers found that 30% of participants had no perceived reaction to bed bug bites at all. Those who did react witnessed having itchy red welts around areas of being bitten. Some even experienced itchiness without having any visible bites at all. Another interesting thing researchers found during this experiment is that more people recorded bed bugs bites on their legs and arms over having bites on their neck, back, or face.
What If They Aren’t Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs are not the only pest that bites us while we are asleep and if you are waking up with irritating welts on your skin, it may not be right to immediately jump to the conclusion of having bed bugs. You could have been bitten by a spider or perhaps a mosquito, both of which cause a much different reaction with their bite than bed bugs.
Other Signs of a Bed Bug Infestation
The good news when it comes to bed bug infestations is that their bites are not the only sign that bed bugs give of their presence. In fact, bed bugs leave a number of signs to show that they are around and have been causing trouble. Here are a few things to look out for
- Blood spots on bedding
- Small dark spots of bed bug excrement around the area where you sleep
- Tiny 1mm almost see-through eggs in cracks and crevices around your room
- Reddish-Brown oval-shaped insects hiding around your bed
If you find these signs around areas where you sleep, chances are you have a bed bug infestation.
Better Safe Than Sorry
When it comes to bed bug infestations, it is better to know what you are up against than to assume nothing is wrong. If you need to know for certain if your home
has bed bugs or not, give the bed bug experts here at Moyer a call. We would be happy to come out and take a look.