Bed bugs are little creepy crawlers that bite people while they are asleep, and this can be very uncomfortable. The symptoms of bed bug bites can be difficult to distinguish from those of other insects, if they appear at all. However, there are five specific symptoms of bed bug bites to be aware of, which may indicate that you have an infestation.
Here are 5 Common Symptoms of Bed Bug Bites:
1. Itchy, red bites, which means the bug has already bitten you. The welts are often red and flat, and they may appear in clusters or zigzag lines, or in straight rows. These welts are very irritating and if you scratch them, they can start to bleed and become infected.
2. Uncomfortable nights, because many bed bugs live in human beds. It makes sense for bedbugs to feast at this time, because this is when humans are sleeping, so they can eat without being disturbed. If you find that you develop welts when you (try to) sleep, you may have bed bugs.
3. Marked shoulders and arms, as these are the patches of exposed skin that the bed bugs like the most, as you are the least likely to cover them when you sleep. Fleas or chiggers, by contrast, prefer the ankle.
4. A buggy bed, which is quite gross. If you start to spot little rust spots, which are actually blood, on your sheets around the edges or corners of your bed, find skin molts, and bug feces in your bed, it is likely that you have bedbugs.
5. A certain smell, since bed bugs have a strong, musty, unpleasant odor, not unlike that of a wet towel. This is due to the pheromones released by bed bugs. Once they become an infestation, this smell can be very strong. Bed bugs can be anywhere, including in hotel rooms, for instance.
If you believe that you may have bed bugs, you should:
1. Check the bed, particularly around the seams and corners. Use a flashlight and magnifying glass to try and find molted skin, blood stains, and feces.
2. Check the room, starting with anything fabric like your carpet edges, curtains, couches, and chairs. Also go underneath the bed, behind dressers, and behind the headboard. Look, as always, for those blood spots.
3. Check your closet, because the bugs love to live in your clothes. In fact, this is one of the main ways for them to spread to other homes. Make sure you check all of your clothes. If you find a bug on an item of clothing, you can guarantee that they have been biting humans already and there are likely to be more.
4. Smell around, trying to find out whether your home has that typical locker room smell of sweat and wet towels. You're looking for a musty odor, which is a telltale sign of an infestation.
Unfortunately, bed bugs are pretty clever when it comes to hiding. It is possible that you had bed bugs for a long time before you even noticed it. By that time, you are likely to have a serious infestation already that must be dealt with.