Bed bugs are extremely adept at hiding. To find them you will need to know what you are looking for and where to find it. Most of the time it is much easier to find the signs and symptoms of the bed bug infestation rather then the actual bed bugs themselves. If you suspect there are bed bugs in your house or hotel room, the first tell tale symptoms are usually going to be bites from the bed bugs. You will notice flat welts or raised red bumps that are often located on the face, neck, arms and hands. To differentiate the bumps and welts from common mosquito bites, bed bugs bites are usually arranged in a unique row or in a cluster pattern and you will get bitten every night. In some cases the bed bug bites are extremely itchy and the rash that appear can become severely inflamed and even infected. Another symptom of a bed bug infestation can show in tiny brown, black spots on the mattresses and bedding. These spots are caused by the remnants of fecal matter and crushed bugs. You may also spot small blood stains on your bed sheets that are left behind from crushed bed bugs. Bed bug bite symptoms can be tough to identify for a few reasons. In order to strongly confirm bites as bed bug bites, pay attention to the following: Pattern of the bites. Onset of symptoms and misdiagnosis. Other signs of bed bugs.
Bed Bug Bite Pattern
First, the bites themselves are generic looking. Bed bug bites are often no more than little red bumps, similar to mosquito bites. A good indicator though is the pattern of the bites. Bed bug bites often occur in a unique bite pattern of a linear group of three or four, sometimes referred to as a "breakfast, lunch, dinner" pattern. Bedbug bites can occur singly but are often in this straight line pattern. Onset of Bed Bug Bite Symptoms and Misdiagnosis The effect of these bites on humans varies from person to person. Typical symptoms are welts and swelling that are more itchy and longer-lasting than mosquito bites. Some people, however, have little or no reaction. The tricky thing is that there is a lag between the time somebody has been bitten and the time symptoms show up. Sometimes up to 9 days. The more times a person is bitten, the less lag there is between the biting and the showing of symptoms. It is common for people to mistakenly attribute the marks to something besides bed bugs. People going to the doctor with bed bug bite marks are sometimes told the marks are scabies or allergic rashes. Often these people are prescribed steroids or antihistamines. This is why it's important to not only pay attention to the timing of the symptoms but to look for... Other signs of bed bugs It's important to look for other signs of bed bugs in your home. It's too easy attribute bed bug bite symptoms to some other cause. And while you're spending time trying to track down the cause of the symptoms, bed bugs might be reproducing and spreading in your home. This could lead to a full blown bed bug infestation.
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