What do bed bug Bites look like?
Bed bugs are tiny, but they can cause plenty of problems. These bugs feed on blood and leave bites that look like hives or small welts. You may have a cluster of bites in a small area, or you might just have one bite. Bites generally appear on the arms and shoulders, and sometimes on the face, neck, and hands.
A bed bug bite is painless when it happens. However, people with allergies may develop a rash or experience severe itching.
The size, shape, and other characteristics of bed bug bites vary widely per person.
Some people have no reaction to bed bug bites at all, while others may feel itchy or inflamed. Bed bugs are often hard to spot because they’re so small, and their bites can resemble those of other insects like mosquitoes or fleas.
We know that bed bugs can be scary—but if you have them, it’s important to get treatment as soon as possible. To help you know what to look for, here are some of the most common signs of a bed bug infestation:
1. A musty odor in your home. Many people confuse this with dirty laundry or a pet odor, but if it persists and you can’t identify the source, it may be bed bugs.
2. Blood spots on your sheets or mattress. This is a sign that bed bugs are feeding on you while you sleep. They’re so small that they generally leave no trace when they do so—except for those rare occasions when they’re disrupted while feeding and the blood they’ve taken doesn’t fully absorb into their bodies before they return to their hiding place.
3. Dark stains on your sheets or mattress. These are fecal stains from bed bugs and may appear as small black dots or smears of what looks like wet coffee grounds.
It’s important to note that the presence of bed bug bites alone is not enough to confirm that you have a bed bug infestation. You should always contact a qualified professional for an inspection if you suspect you have a problem with bed bugs (or any other pest).