Are Those Itchy Bites Caused by Bed Bugs?

Bed bugs aren’t as uncommon as you might think. If you’re seeing signs you think might be caused by these pests, you could be right. Many people are unsure if their bites are caused by bed bugs because they’re not sure exactly what the signs of bed bugs are or where the pests came from.

Examining Bites

The first step in determining if you have a bed bug problem is to examine your bites. Look to see if you wake up with marks that you didn’t have before sleeping. Bed bug bites are usually small, inflamed, itchy red bumps with a dark red center. They are often clustered together and can sometimes cause reactions such as blisters and hives at the bite site. Other things to look for are red smears on your skin or on your sheets. This is a sign that they have been biting and feeding off of you.

Bed bugs don’t spread diseases, but their bites can be very itchy and irritated, making it difficult not to scratch them. The bite and itchiness will generally disappear in one to two weeks. You can use anti-itch creams to help reduce the irritation and to help the bite heal more quickly.

Inspecting Sleeping Areas

Next you should inspect areas where you sleep or rest. Beds, couches, futons, recliners and anywhere with dark crevices and seams should be thoroughly examined for signs of the pests.  Dead bugs and black or brown fecal stains are two common identifiers.

Also inspect for red streaks when you get up in the morning. This can be a sign that a bug has fed on you.  Areas between sheets, inside pillow cases, underneath sheets on the mattress and in the seams of your mattress itself are all good places to look. Be sure to check under pillow cushions and inside casings on cushions your furniture too. You should also inspect your carpet and curtains as well as any other fabrics in your house where bed bugs may be lurking.

Traveled Recently?

Bed bugs are pesky creatures that can easily find their way into your suitcase and follow you home from your destination. It isn’t uncommon for hotels to have untreated bed bug problems. Sometimes hotels refuse to acknowledge the problem, but more frequently they don’t realize they have an infestation until it’s very bad. Unknown to you, the tiny hitchhikers can climb into your suitcase and come home with you.

If you have traveled recently and are suddenly noticing symptoms like bites, stains and perhaps even dead bugs its possible that you may have bed bugs in your home.

Identifying a Bed Bug

Bed bugs are small, flat, oval shaped insects. They have six legs and no wings, therefore they rely on humans to carry them from place to place. They are a dark reddish brown color and are most active at night. They can be difficult to find and identify but if the signs are there and you find dead or live bed bugs in mattresses, furniture, curtains, carpets, and other fabrics then it’s time to call a professional exterminator to have the pests taken care of.

Bed bugs, while not dangerous, can be very invasive and annoying pests. Its always a good idea to call an expert as soon as you find signs of bed bugs. They can quickly come to your home to do an inspection and will advise you on the most effective way to get rid of the bugs before the problem gets worse.