How to Recognize a Bed Bug Bite

The most insidious thing about bed bugs is their bite -- it doesn’t hurt until it’s too late to find the pest. In fact, it’s almost impossible to feel a bed bug while it’s biting you.

As the bed bug chows down, their saliva acts as an anticoagulant and increases blood flow to the bite location. They get fed faster, and you feel nothing. The process is quick and painless -- for the bug, at least. They might hit the same area multiple time, resulting in multiple bites in a concentrated area.

After they feed, bed bugs move to secluded places to hide for 5-10 days. During this period, they digest their meal and lay eggs.

But as the bed bugs hide, the humans they bit may begin to feel the effects. A sensitive human will start to feel a burning sensation and might start itching, and develop a reddish rash on the skin, as well.

However, plenty of humans are not sensitive to bed bug bites at all and will develop no itching or rash. If one person in a household is complaining of bites, but no one else is, that does not mean that only one room is affected!

If you detect the signs of bed bug bites on you or someone else in the household, you’ll need to check for bed bugs. If you find an infestation, make sure to get it heat treated. Find a professional or use our guide to figure out how to do it for cheaper!

 

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