Unfortunately for humans, there are all sorts of biting insects that can leave bite marks and itchy bumps on the skin. So how do you know whether the marks on your arm are just an average mosquito bite or the sign of a bed bug problem?
How Do Bed Bugs Bite?
Bed bugs use their long beaks to pierce the skin and feed on human and animal blood. They will spend anywhere from three to 10 minutes feasting. Once they are full, they will crawl. Typically, the bites are painless and humans won’t even notice when they are being bitted, but the bite will eventually turn into an itchy red welt.
How to Identify a Bed Bug Bite
Bed bug bites usually occur on the arms and shoulders and other areas that are exposed during sleep. They will appear as small red welts that are slightly raised from the skin. While some bugs will bite in a random pattern, bed bug bites tend to follow a straight line. People often assume that they are being bitten by fleas, but flea bites usually occur around the ankles and have a noticeable red spot in the middle.
Are Bed Bug Bites Dangerous?
Typically, bed bug bites are uncomfortable, but they are relatively harmless. Bed bugs don’t spread disease, so you won’t become ill. Some people may be allergic, but the biggest problem occurs when the bites are repeatedly scratched and become infected. The best way to treat bed bug bites is to wash them and apply an over-the-counter corticosteroid cream to help with the itchiness.
If you need help with a bed bug infestation, call the professionals at PMi Pest Management. We can use the latest in heat technology to kill all the adult bugs, larvae, and eggs so that you can stop dealing with uncomfortable bites and sleep better.