Think you’ve got a bed bug bite? You are probably not the only one. Homeowners and hotel managers have all taken notice to the recent resurgence of bed bugs in both private and public dwellings. They have been traced back to a number of sources – unwashed sheets, unsanitary living conditions – but the result has always been a suspicious bout of red, itchy dots all over the body. Yet, there are many other bugs and insects that leave the same effects. So how are we supposed to tell?
Bed bug symptoms may not be quite as distinguishable as other types of insect bites, but there are a few tell-tale signs:
- Small, red, and strategic – These are the classic signs of a bed bug bite. Not only are they relatively similar to mosquito bites, bed bugs also tend to bite in a linear pattern that leaves two to three bites in a convenient little line. Not all bed bugs bite in this manner, but if you find a bite that looks similar to this, it may very well be a bed bug bite.
- Itchy and swollen – Another bed bug symptom that may be common in other bugs, most bed bugs bites will also leave the unpleasant remnants of itchiness and swelling.
- Bites in exposed areas at night – The feet, neck, face, and hands are some of the areas most prone to receiving bed bug bites, simply because they remain exposed during sleep. Again, other bugs may also bite, but repeated bites during the night are a good indication that they may be coming from bed bugs.
What to do Next
If you suspect you have any bed bug symptoms, the first thing you should do is check your surroundings for other signs of bed bugs. Bed bug bites themselves will generally not be harmful or debilitating to your health beyond the minor irritation; the important thing is to check your bedroom and work environment for signs of a bed bug infestation in order to get to the root of the problem. Areas that are humid, unsanitary, or dark are all good places to start. If you’re unsure of how to tackle the bed bug problem, contact a pest exterminator to receive further consult.