Have I Been Bitten By a Bed Bug?

    The best course of action to prevent bed bug bites is to protect yourself and your home, but many people aren’t aware of the threat of bed bugs until after they find an infestation or have already been bitten. So, if you suspect that you may have been bitten by a bed bug, how can you confirm and find out for sure?

    Unless you first find actual bed bugs or other signs of infestation, it can actually be quite difficult to tell if you’ve been bitten by a bed bug. When bed bugs bite, they sneakily inject you with an anesthetic and an anticoagulant that prevent you from realizing that you are being bitten. As a result, most bite victims do not realize they have been bitten until bite marks appear, which typically takes anywhere from one to several days after the initial bite.

    While some people are allergic to the salivary gland injection made by the bed bug bites and will show “mosquito”-like welts on their body where the insect has fed, others who are not allergic may not develop bite marks or any other visible signs of being bitten even though the bug has fed on them. In addition to the bite marks, other symptoms of bed bug bites may include insomnia, anxiety, and skin problems that can arise from profuse scratching of the bites.

    Similar to mosquito bites, bed bug bites tend to be very itchy. To distinguish from mosquito bites, you may note that bed bug bites have a distinctive pattern of 3 lines. These lines are sometimes called “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” since the bed bug feeds off human blood, making you its “breakfast, lunch, and dinner”!

    To avoid being snacked on, it’s important to get the protection you need and prevent the bed bugs from finding a spot in your home in the first place.

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