So you have these red splotches on your skin and you’re not sure if they are: a) bed bug bites or b) something else. Let’s first address why you would even think they could be bed bug bites to begin with. If it’s not what you think it is, then please check out my other informational pieces on the subject to learn more about bed bugs. If it looks like a bed bug and bites like a bed bug, then it’s probably a bed bug. Or is it? Common symptoms for bed bugs and other more common pests are similar. To help you figure out if you have a bed bug problem or something else, Michael Potter recommends these three steps, starting with identifying where the problem is coming from. It’s no fun having bed bugs. Thousands of Americans deal with them every year. They’re creepy and annoying. Many people get scared for their health and think that those ugly red itchy bite marks are symptoms of some disease! Don’t worry, I’m here to give you a solution to get rid of those bugs before they spread through your house and make gross stains on your mattress… I decided to write this guide because I have been receiving a lot of questions over the years about bed bugs. That is the reason why I have decided to write this article so that people can solve their queries without spending more time.
Bed Bug Bite Or Something Else
Bed Bug Bite Or Something Else
Bed bugs are small, flat and brown insects that feed on human blood. They are nocturnal and like to hide in mattresses, sheets and box springs. Bed bugs also lay their eggs in these crevices. If you suspect you have bed bug bites, look for a red bump on your skin that becomes an itchy rash if scratched or rubbed. Although bed bug bites resemble mosquito or spider bites, the presence of additional symptoms such as insomnia or allergic reactions can help distinguish between these two creatures.
Bed bug bites are common among people who travel frequently because they may stay in hotels where there is infestation of this pest species (or where other travelers have left behind their belongings with active populations). However, anyone can get bitten by bed bugs regardless of whether they’re traveling or not—it just depends on how many areas there are for them to hide within your home so that they can feed at night when it’s cooler than during the day (when temperatures tend to be hotter).
What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
One of the most common questions we hear from customers who suspect they have bed bugs is “what do bed bug bites look like?” When many people think of a bite, they immediately picture an insect’s mouthparts puncturing their skin and sucking out blood. However, this is actually not how bed bug bites work.
Bites are more often confused with mosquito bites or flea bites than they are with actual insect bites. Bed bug bites are usually found in clusters on exposed areas of epidermis such as the face, neck and arms because these areas are easiest for a bed bug to access during sleep. The majority of people will only exhibit one or two small red bumps at first; however as time goes on and you continue to be bitten by more bugs multiple times per day (or night), your skin may start to break out into clusters of painful welts that can itch for days at a time even after the initial bite has gone away!
If you’ve noticed that your rash resembles this pattern then chances are pretty good that you do have some kind of pest problem inside your home!
Other Possible Causes Of Bites
- Mosquito bites
- Flea bites
- Spider bites, especially brown recluse and black widow spiders
- Other insects (like bed bugs) that bite humans to feed on blood. Bed bugs are the most common insect to feed on human blood. They are found around the world and hide in cracks and crevices during the day, then come out at night to feed on your blood while you are sleeping. Their saliva is an anesthetic that prevents you from feeling pain while they bite, so you don’t feel them until later when it starts itching or burning. Bites can occur anywhere on your body but tend to be most common around areas where clothing rubs against skin like arms and legs, waistline or back of knees.* Allergies and hives: An allergic reaction can cause redness or swelling of skin after being bitten by a mosquito, flea etcetera; this may lead into hives (small red bumps all over.) Allergic reactions happen when someone has been exposed before but didn’t show any symptoms because their immune system wasn’t developed yet – now it does! You can also develop an allergy after having been bitten again several times; this is called “stinging” by allergens in people who have never had issues with being stung before – why not try using something effective instead? There are many ways you can prevent getting bit again next time such as wearing long sleeves/pants/hats/scarves etc., keep lights off during daylight hours (mosquitoes like dark places), avoid going outside too late at night which is known as prime time for mosquitoes & other pests like ants crawling inside homes looking for food sources!
What To Do If You Have Bed Bugs
If you suspect you have bed bugs, it’s important to seek professional help. Don’t attempt to handle the situation yourself—the insects are difficult to eradicate and can be spread through a home or apartment if not handled properly.
To find an exterminator in your area, call your local health department or municipal office. They will likely give you contact information for several firms that specialize in pest control and provide services at reasonable prices.
While you’re waiting for the exterminator to come inspect your home, put all items that could possibly harbor bed bugs into plastic bags and seal them tightly so that none of the insects can escape during transport. This includes clothes, linens and towels used by people who may have been bitten by the pests (such as children). Make sure these items are not stored in cardboard boxes or bins because these containers offer ideal conditions for breeding populations of bedbugs: dark spaces where they’ll stay warm enough throughout winter months while also remaining sheltered from light exposure so they won’t wake up until springtime when temperatures rise again—at which point more humans will start being bitten! If possible keep affected belongings outside until they’re brought back inside after treatment has begun; otherwise place them all into one room where there won’t be many people coming through every day like bedrooms would typically do (since everyone else needs somewhere else besides theirs!).
Be sure too not use up any vacuum cleaner bags before cleaning out furniture/furniture parts where most likely eggs were laid onto surfaces first because now they’re stuck there forever unless removed manually using something like rubbing alcohol solution sprayed onto cotton swabs dipped into vinegar solution which allows removal without damaging wood finish underneath . . . but again this isn’t recommended without proper knowledge about what particular type(s)
Where Can I Find A Local Exterminator?
You can find a local exterminator in your area by searching for “exterminator” or “pest control” on Google. You can also search Yelp or Angie’s List, which are websites that list local businesses. If you don’t have internet access or do not feel comfortable using it, ask your neighbors if they have any recommendations regarding pest control companies.
If you are not comfortable with calling an exterminator yourself, consider asking a friend or family member to call for you. Many people will be more than willing to help out and make sure that the problem is fixed as quickly as possible, especially if they know someone who has been affected by bed bugs themselves!
Bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of.
Bed bugs can be difficult to get rid of. If you see a bug or two around your home and think that it’s a bed bug, it’s important to determine whether you have an infestation before taking action. It’s also important to take care so that the house doesn’t become infested as well.
Call a professional exterminator immediately if you have any questions about bed bugs in your home. If you don’t have time to wait for an appointment, then try these steps:
- Purchase bed bug covers for mattresses and box springs; these are designed to protect against pest infestations by keeping them away from your mattress while still allowing air circulation in case there are any eggs left behind on those surfaces.
- Wash all bedding and clothing in hot water when possible and dry everything on high heat if possible—this will kill any insects hiding out in those items too! Don’t forget about pillows, pillowcases, stuffed animals—anything that comes into contact with any part of your body during sleep should be washed regularly! You should also vacuum thoroughly throughout each room at least once per week (daily if needed) after cleaning or laundry day has passed
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