What do bed bug bite marks look like? How can you know for sure that these small bloodsucking insects are responsible for your inconvenience?
Bedbug saliva, like most other biting insects, is an allergen that can cause extreme discomfort for sensitive skin types or those whom are prone to allergies.
Reaction may differ in appearance from one individual to another. Small raised bumps may appear soon after the biting process or can take as long as ten days before it show.
To pinpoint which pest are responsible for the marks on your skin is a tough thing to do but bedbugs tend to leave their tracks behind.
There is this "bite-pattern" I want to bring to your attention.
Bed bugs always feed on the same area more than once as the picture below demonstrates. Can you see the line and/or group formations?
This is typically what they do when feeding on a victim. Bed bug bite marks are almost always lined or grouped with three to four hives.
The welts usually stay 3 to 4 days before fading away but if you are known to be more sensitive to allergies than the average person, the bumps can stay much longer.
Swelling sometimes occur especially when you are bitten on your hands or soft skin areas. Now check your rash and if it looks like my description, it's time for a bedroom inspection.
In fact, a room check is sometimes the quickest and easiest way to uncover the truth and could only take you five to ten minutes.
Bed bug bite marks are sometimes described as small pimples or a blister-like appearance. (image below)
Although it's not uncommon to see bites on ones legs and feet, more often than not it occur on upper body parts.
Some people do not react to bedbug saliva at all while for others, the itching is unbearable. There is some debate as to how many victims don't itch at all. That could be one reason why plagues can be so bad, because people aren't aware they have them.
To know more about behaviour differences between biting insect species may also help you find the truth. Mosquito's only attack expose skin whereas bed bugs are able to crawl under lose clothing in search of a blood vessel.
You will only suffer bed bug bite marks indoors, mosquito's will bite you outdoors as well Consider it coincidence when mosquito marks occur in group or line formation.
Bed bugs are mostly night time feeders so waking up with more bites every morning strongly suggest that your worst nightmare has come true.
No one really knows why the insect has this habit when feeding.
It is thought that they are disturbed by a victim's movement. Once save again, the insect finds another blood vessel and continue with the feeding process that takes between three to five minutes.
Another probability is that they bite repeatedly until a pleasing blood vessel is found.