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What do bed bug bites look like?

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What do bed bug bites look like?

Generally bed bugs bites look like typical mosquito or flea bites, which are red, raised bumps. While feeding, they inject a tiny amount of their saliva into the skin.

Repeated exposure to bed bug bites during a period of several weeks or more causes people to become more sensitized to the saliva of these bugs. Additional bites may then result in mild to intense allergic responses to the bed bug infestation that can range from intense itching, swelling and result in scaring or darkening of the skin at the bite that can be visable for many months.

Bed bugs generally prefer to attach themselves to you while on your bedding, bed clothes and pillows so as not to disturb you while they are feeding on you.  A single bed bug can bite you dozens of times to get a full meal of your blood.

Bed bugs soft bodies make them valnerable to physical trauma so they use stealth to attack you in the quiet of the night or day when you are sleeping and resting.

Bed Bug Facts

    Bed Bugs are tiny mites – the adult is no more than a quarter of an inch in size – that live on the blood of animals and, most often humans.
    Although not a flying insect, bed bugs do retain the ability to spread very fast via hitchhiking in the host clothing and belongings and is prone to rapid infestation as a result.
    The Bed Bug problem is a widespread one, as these minuscule mites are known to have come from their origin in the Asian continent to the rest of the globe.
    It is not unusual to find an infestation of Bed Bugs, but what is vital is that we understand where they live, how to recognize them and what to do about them.
    Female Bed Bugs will lay eggs any day; as she can survive for extraordinary lengths of time – over a year – this results in a rapid explosion of the Bed Bug population.
    The bed bug is alive at night – when we are asleep – and the initial clue to the existence of Bed Bugs is the presence of marks on the skin in the morning.
    Bed bugs will feast during the night, and as it feeds on the blood it leaves behind marks of its existence.
    Bed bugs feed by puncturing the skin and feeding in a tube with which it sucks out the required blood, and therefore the victim will rarely have known they are being bitten as they are generally asleep.
    After feeding – which could be as long as ten minutes – Bed Bugs will leave behind a red mark which may swell and will irritate continually, bringing irritation and discomfort to the patient.
    The problem regarding diagnosis is that the indications of Bed Bugs are often similar to many other skin infections.
    Scabies leaves behind very similar pointers to bed bug infestation, and other insect bites such as mosquito can also result in a similar tell tale red welt.
    Bed bug bites will most likely appear on skin that remains exposed while we sleep – the arms and legs, face and neck are all frequently bitten – and it is to these areas we should be vigilant when looking for signals of the creatures.
    Bed Bugs are night active creatures and they like to feed on our blood; it also likes to hide and this is why it lives in our beds and furnishings.
    While Bed Bugs does not nest like many other insects, it does travel to suitable places, hence great numbers will hide together in the crevasses of a mattress, the inside of covers and linings and other dark and secure places.
    Bed Bugs are often brought into the home by people who have been travelling and have maybe slept on a number of unusual and frequently used beds.

    A Bed Bug problem is not always a case of dodgy hygiene, however, as many hotels and guest houses have also been the source of infestations.
    Bed Bug infestations increase very rapidly; with one female mite laying around five eggs every day.  An soon as bed bugs hatch, bed bug bites will occur it is easy to see how quickly the colony can grow.

    To get rid of Bed Bugs you initially need to dispose of of the infected mattress and any other furnishings that may be infested with the creatures.
    As bed bugs are very small and hard to find, removing all the eggs and bugs with off the shelf routines may not be 100% successful.
    During an affliction of bed bugs, all clothes, covers and linings that have been close to bugs – or could have been – have to be be thoroughly washed; if possible this needs to be done on the hottest setting possible to be sure to kill bed bugs.

Marie said, “Not everyone has a reaction to the bites. I didn’t. I had no idea until I started noticing little red dots on my sheets. The first one I thought was dried blood from a cut my husband had on his hand.  Then I noticed more and more. It took me a awhile to figure out because the bites did not itch. Eventually we caught on and inspected the mattress, sure enough those nasty little bed bugs were congregating in the corners of my brand new, department store-bought mattress.” 

Trisha C. writes, “A friend of mine had bed bugs. Its a huge pain. Her Baby had bites all over him.  A few months later they are still fighting to get rid of them. Now I grossed out and don’t even want to go over ther anymore. I’m afraid to bring them home.” 

Alexis R. - “Someone I know was recently bitten by bed bugs quite a few times and it made these huge welts. At first we thought they were spider bites. They ignored welts. Then recently he had a sever allergic reaction. He was rushed to the emergency room. It was so scary.” 

Last update: 02:38 PM Sunday, September 19, 2010

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