For the most part, bed bugs bites are small, red and swollen –which is just like every kind of bug bite. So how are you supposed to tell if it’s from bed bugs?
Unless you already know that you have bed bugs, most can’t tell the difference between bed bug bites and other kinds of bites. Here are some ways to tell if you’re getting attacked by bed bugs:
- Red,itchy bites on the arms, shoulders, face, and hands
- Multiple bites
- Bites that form a line
- New ones appear in the morning
If you have these symptoms, but still aren’t sure whether they’re due to bed bugs, check out these signs to see if you have bed bugs in your home:
- You see small, red stains on your bed sheets.
- You spot shedding that resembles dried-out shells of bugs. You start getting bites after coming back from traveling or staying in hotels.
- You see fecal spots along the mattress seams, bed frames, and anywhere with tight crevices.
Preventing Bed Bug Bites
Naturally, the best way to prevent bed bug bites is to get rid of bed bugs from your home. This can be done several ways, but the more methods you can use, the better chance you have in avoiding bites:
- Wear longer sleepwear. Bed bugs can’t bite through clothing, so try wearing more clothes to bed.
- Cover mattresses in plastic encasements. Bed bugs can’t bite through plastic, so contain them by shielding contact from your skin.
- Do the laundry frequently. Bed bugs can hide in piles of clothes, so make sure to keep them clean. Dry cleaning is a surefire way to stop bed bugs from infesting.
- Inspect used clothes or furniture before bringing them home. Old items are more susceptible to bed bugs, so make sure to have them looked over and cleaned before installing them in the house.
- Check your luggage when returning from traveling. Bed bugs are commonly found in hotel rooms and can easily get transported home by latching onto clothes and suitcases.