Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites can vary in how they look as the reaction to a bite varies depending on the individual. When a bed bugs bite they pierce the skin with a small probe like injector. It sends both an anti-coagulant along with anesthetic. People who are bit by bed bugs rarely know they are being bitten until after the bed bug bit has occurred. Feeding takes several minutes as the bed bug fills with blood swelling while it feeds. Once it has fed it will leave the host which can also include animals and hide while it digests the meal. Bed bugs will leave behind fecal matter in the form of blood spot after the digestion has taken place.

 What Bed Bug Bites Look Like

 Bed bug bite symptoms are itchy red welts or puffed up swelling of the bite area. The bite mark can appear within a day or several days after the bite. Some people have little to no reaction, while others experience a delayed reaction. Bed bug bites can appear any location where skin is exposed including the head, feet arms, and even the genital area. They often appear in patterns left behind from the biting, occasionally in rows. Bed bugs can harbor disease in and on their exoskeleton however after years of testing and observation transmission to people is considered unlikely. The harm to humans is generally inflammation from allergic response to the bed bug saliva.

 Bed bug bites can appear on:

  • Face
  • Head
  • Genital areas
  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Legs, etc.
  • Anywhere the body is exposed.


Treating Bed Bug Bites

 If you happen to be bitten by a bed bug do not scratch or itch the bite. This actually pushed the pathogens deeper into the skin thereby causing even more swelling and inflammation. Wash the bite with warm soapy water then apply a hydrocortisone cream such as an Antihistamine or corticosteroid or you can use a natural product like Bed Bug Bite Relief from to naturally relieve the itching and swelling. An antiseptic or antibiotic ointment can be applied to prevent secondary infection. Although bed bugs do not transmit harmful disease to people, they can still be an very uncomfortable pest to deal with. has plenty of information to help bed bug infestations.  

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