What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Bed bug bites are frequently misidentified as other types of insect bites. A bite from a bed bug typically appears as a red bump with a darker center and lighter, swollen area surrounding it.
There are two things in particular that set bed bug bites apart from other insect bites:
- Bed bug bites often appear in lines or zigzag patterns.
- The bite marks are typically on areas of the body that are exposed at night.
Bed Bug Bites vs. Flea Bites
Flea bites and bed bug bites are best differentiated due to the pain level of the bite itself. Almost immediately after being bit by a flea, you will feel the bite and some associated pain. Bed bug bites do not hurt until symptoms show up hours later. Flea bites are typically reserved for the lower part of the body and around the ankles in random patterns. Bed bug bites appear in lines. While both bites can cause red bumps and itchiness, bed bug bites can result in larger welts or bumps.
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Was I Bitten By a Mosquito or Bed Bug?
Bed bug bites and mosquito bites differ in many ways. Unlike bed bug bites, mosquito bites appear in isolated, random areas on the body. A bite from a mosquito will form a bump that can appear mere minutes afterward, and their bites can be felt immediately. Of course, mosquito bites are much more dangerous than bed bug bites for their ability to transmit disease. Mosquito bites also tend to heal quicker than a bed bug bite.
Do I Have a Bed Bug Bite?
It’s easy to panic when you notice a bug bite on your body, especially when there are multiple. To avoid the worry associated with bed bug bites, it’s important to know how to identify them. If you suspect a bite on your skin is from a bed bug, it’s best to get a bed bug inspection from a professional pest control company.