Are bed bugs the first thing you think about when you sleep in a hotel or send your child to sleep at a friend’s home? Are you constantly worrying about how to tell if you’ve been bitten or not? Do you ever wonder if there might actually be bed bugs living in your home? Truthfully, unless you find bed bugs or signs of infestation in your home, there’s little point in worrying! Check your potential bite against the criteria in this article to determine if you actually have a bed bug bite.
Finding bed bugs in your home
To establish if the bite you have is a bed bug bite or another type of insect bite, the first thing you should do is check for signs of bed bugs in your home or where you’ve slept for the past few days.
Bed bugs often bite during the nighttime and are usually hidden during the day. They often leave behind telltale signs of bed bug infestation, though! Read our article on spotting signs of bed bugs <LINK: > for more information on how to find signs of bed bugs in your home. If you’re unable to find any signs of bed bugs, it’s unlikely that you have a bed bug infestation. If you are still unsure, you can call a professional bed bug exterminator to be thorough. They will find any signs of bed bugs, no matter how small! If no signs of bed bug infestation are found, then the bite you have could still be a bed bug, it just means the problem likely isn’t inside your home.
What do bed bug bites look like?
Bed bug bites look similar to a mosquito bite, a flea bite or even a spider bite, which is why bed bug bites are so easily misidentified. When the bed bug bites, it injects an anesthetic and an anticoagulant into your skin that often makes it difficult for people to realize they have been bitten. This bite looks slightly swollen and becomes a reddish pink colour that most likely will become itchy and irritating.
Everyone’s reactions to bites are different; some people will experience tight lines of multiple red welts, while others may not receive a mark at all. These bites are most commonly located in areas that are exposed while you are sleeping, which include your arms, legs, hands and face. If you develop a rash after you’ve been bitten and it starts to become infected, then contact a medical professional instantly to get it treated.
How long does the bite take to appear?
People’s reaction times to bites vary. For most people, bed bug bites will begin showing up overnight. This could mean you sense an itchy sensation or you physically have a red welt on your skin as you wake up in the morning. For some others, it can take up to 14 days for a bite to be detected. There also have been many cases were people don’t react to the bite at all.
The problem with this is that you can have a bedbug infestation in your home and not realize. If you detect any signs of infestation, call Magical Pest immediately, so we can help you assess and control the situation.
How can you treat bed bug bites?
There are many ways to treat bedbug bites and prevent further problems with your skin. First wash the bites with soap and water. This will prevent skin infections and help reduce the irritation. If the bite continues to itch, apply a corticosteroid cream on the area of the bite to diminish the itchiness. For severe bites, there are also prescription antihistamine pills that can help decrease the itching. Lastly, if the bite happens to become infected then you may be required to take an antibiotic or an antiseptic medication that will treat the infection.
Are bed bugs starting to become a problem in your home? If you think you’ve spotted signs of infestation, call Magical Pest Control to manage the situation and prevent further bed bug invasion! Call Magical Pest at: (905) 738-6676. We’ll provide a free consultation to help you evaluate the situation.