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Bed Bug Bites

Over the last two decades, bed bugs have made a significant comeback in the United States. After being almost completely eradicated in the 1940’s and 1950’s, their persistence along international travel, immigration, resistance to pesticides, and poor pest control practices have led to a resurgence of these blood sucking bugs. In addition to seeing these tiny insects scurrying across the floor or atop your mattress, bed bug bites are a signal that you have an infestation. In order to help you respond to bed bug bites better, we've created the page below. Please read this thoroughly, and remember if you suspect you have a bed bug bite, act quickly to mitigate the problem.

When Do Bed Bugs Bite?

Bed bugs feed on blood, typically from humans and other mammals. They are most active at night and bite people when they are sleeping. However, despite night time feeding, these insects are not exclusively nocturnal. They have adapted to night time feeding in bed due to the combination of easy access to sleepers, the many hiding areas offered by unprotected mattresses, and the warm environment offered by bedding.

Where do Bed Bugs Bite?

Because bed bugs are flat, they can typically hide in just about any crack or crevice. However, since they feed on human blood, hiding in a mattress or box spring is common due to its dark and secluded proximity to humans. Additionally, bed bugs can congregate in bed frames, night stands, dressers and closets as these places are also within relative proximity to the bed.

In other rooms of the house, bed bugs can be found hiding in furniture or along the floorboards between the wall and carpet. These insects will crawl and hide within the seams, folds, and skirts of fabric. Since sofas and recliners are often used by humans for relaxation or sleeping, these are the next most popular places for bed bugs to infest and bite.

Bed bugs bite humans wherever there’s exposed skin. Unlike fleas that usually bite around the ankles, bed bugs will latch onto arms, the neck, hands, feet, and the face.

What do bed bugs look like?

Adult bed bugs are roughly 5-7 mm long, which is about the size of an apple seed. They are typically brownish in color, flat and oval-shaped when unfed. After feeding, bed bugs are balloon-like, elongated and reddish-brown in color. Younger bed bugs, also known as nymphs, are smaller than adult bed bugs and are translucent in color.

Bed Bug Bite Symptoms?

Bed bugs pierce the skin with their “beak” and gorge themselves on human blood. This process takes about 3 to 10 minutes before they are full and then scurry back to a dark, secluded place to digest their feast. Symptoms of bed bug bites vary from person to person. In fact, some individuals don’t show any symptoms at all. Where other individuals might have serious adverse reactions that manifest into large rashes or hives.

Do bed bug bites itch?

The most common bed bug symptoms are itchy, red welts that can occur the next day or up to a few weeks later. The itchiness and redness are a result of that individual having an allergic reaction to the bite.

Unfortunately, without actually seeing live bed bugs, their eggs or shed skin, it’s difficult to ascertain whether or not the bites are actually from bed bugs. In fact, they can often be confused for mosquito bites.

How are bed bug bites different than other bites?

As mentioned, bed bug bites are very similar to mosquito bites in regards to itchiness, reddish color and their welt-like in appearance. However, bed bug bites tend to be in a large cluster where mosquito bites are typically just one spot.

Another common bug bite is from fleas, which typically bite around a person’s ankles. Flea bites are smaller and have a red spot in the center almost like acne. Bed bug bites don’t have this red spot in the center and can be anywhere on the body.

Spider bites and tick bites tend to have more serious reactions than bed bug bites. Depending on the spider, the bites may be very poisonous and require a trip to the emergency room. Tick bites can also have serious long-term effects like Lyme disease.

Bed Bug Bite Treatment

Bed bug bite treatment varies depending on the severity of a person’s reaction to the bites. The first step is to wash the bites with soap and water in order to prevent any skin infection and to reduce itchiness. Some individuals may require the application of a corticosteroid cream to reduce itchiness. These creams can be purchased at a local drug store. If these creams don’t reduce the itchiness, then a corticosteroid prescription or antihistamines may be required.

In addition to the above treatments, it’s important that you don’t scratch these bites. Excessive scratching can cause wounds, bleeding and increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.

It should be noted, treating bed bug bites is a temporary solution because the bed bugs will just bite again. The only way to completely get rid of the bites is by exterminating the bed bugs and enveloping both your mattress and box spring in a bed bug proof encasement. Encasements with Miracle Membrane not only keep bed bugs out of your mattress, they are 100% bite proof and can be added to infested mattresses, to seal bed bugs in and eliminate bites immediately.

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