Close up view of a bed bug

Getting Bit by Bed Bugs

Bed bugs are blood-sucking insects that rely on humans for meals. Getting bit by bed bugs can have different effects on each individual. While people with sensitive skin may have more severe reactions to a bed bug bite, the most common symptom is the formation of small, itchy bumps or welts.

Are Bed Bug Bites a Good Way to Identify an Infestation?

Bed Bug Bite Appearance
Bites, stains (specks of blood or black fecal matter) on bedding, and bed bug sightings are the main signs of infestation. Still, using bites to identify bed bugs is not reliable and is not recommended. While some homeowners may develop red, itchy welts immediately after a bed bug feeds, it may take hours or even days for others to show signs of a bite.

People commonly mistake a variety of other insect bites for getting bit by bed bugs. Many insect pest bites can create skin irritation similar to a bed bug, including mosquitoesfleaslice, and mites.

Bed Bug Bite Location
Although an unproven observation some sources suggest that the location of bed bug bites on the body can help residents recognize an infestation. This is an unreliable diagnostic tool. Bed bugs will bite any exposed part of the body. In fact, which part of the body that the pests feed on mostly depends on the sleeping habits of its host.

Problems with Itchy Bed Bug Bites

Not only are bed bug bites sometimes itchy, but they can cause additional problems. The pests do not carry or transmit any diseases, but people are often tempted to scratch itchy, irritated areas. Frequent scratching can cause secondary infections. While rare, allergic reactions may also result from getting bit by bed bugs.

Removing Bed Bugs

Residents can take preventative measures like cleaning and inspecting bedding. However, the best way to avoid irritating, itchy bed bug bites is to get rid of the pests altogether. Contact the licensed professionals at Orkin Canada to properly identify and address bed bug infestations.