The Anatomy Of A Bed Bug Bite
Now that you have an idea of the kind of bites you could get, let's look at the ways bed bug bites stand out from other bites. Here are some questions to ask:
Are there a lot of bites? Bed bugs come out in groups when they feed. If you have bed bug bites, you're likely to have several.
Do your bites follow a path? Bed bugs usually feed three times during the night. Some entomologist call these bites breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you see a three-bite pattern within your group of bites, or your bites follow a larger path up your skin, it is likely that you were bitten by bed bugs.
Do your bites have a rash? Bed bug bites can have a significant rash associated with them. Most often, the rash is isolated to each individual bite wound.
Do you have painful welts? Bed bugs can sometimes cause red, swollen welts. These welts can be very uncomfortable, especially if there are several in one localized area.
Do you have bites on your shoulders or above? These insects are drawn to carbon dioxide. This can lure them to bite your neck, face, or head.
Sometimes bed bug bites are hardly noticeable. When newly hatched bed bugs feed, they leave smaller bites that usually go undetected. Over time, and after several bite events, bite wounds usually become worse, but 30% of people have very little reaction to bed bug bites, even over time. This percentage is even higher for seniors.
If you're seeing bites you can't explain, give us a call. Whatever bug is biting you, you can be sure that the team here at Moyer Pest Control has seen it before. We've been protecting homes and businesses from bugs since 1869. We'll help you take care of what's eating you.