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Bed Bug Bite Symptoms

Bite Symptoms of Bed bugs

Reactions to bites vary significantly with individuals, from mild to severe rash symptoms. Listed are some possible symptoms caused by bed bug bites.

  • A white bumpy protrusion with abnormal itchiness on the skin.
  • Occurrence of skin rashes and blisters.
  • Dry rashes like skin allergies can spread on the skin if not treated properly.
  • Possibility of getting secondary infections if they scratch on wounds.
  • Can cause psychological effects and allergic symptoms.

The bite of a bed bug is pretty much similar to that of a mosquito bite and the wound or rash is small, circular and red in color. However, more than a mosquito bites bed bugs bites are itchier and swells quicker. Even if you find the bites to be grouped or appear in lines, you can still conclude that your home is infested by bed bugs. Usually the bites appear in thin lines when the bugs stop feeding on you as you might have moved while sleeping. Avoid scratching by all means once you develop these rashes. That is primarily very important and mandatory to avoid getting infection.

The only reason why we cannot feel their bites while they are doing so is because of the factor that bed bugs saliva contains anesthetic properties and we simply cannot feel anything while they are biting us.

It takes approximately about 60 minutes for you to feel the bite and the impact to develop as a rash. However, it depends upon the individual and hence there are people who get to see the rashes developing only after couple of days.

What do bed bug bites look like?

Here are some pictures of what bed bug bites may look like, from common to severe reactions for some people.

bedbug sores on feet

Servere allergic reaction to bedbugs














How do I know I have bed bugs?

Look for these traces to find their presence:

Skin rash: Getting itchy bump and abnormal skin rash on the body.

Dark sand-like patches:  Inspect the fabric folding if any dark or black spots mounted like patches appear, the sign includes the fecal spots.

Blood smears: Identify whether there is any blood spots on sheets.

White shells: It is an exoskeleton or mottled shells shed by bugs often spotted in dark crevices.

Unpleasant odor: An obnoxious sickly scent emitted from its glands.

Live insects: Inspect crevices, joints, furniture and bedding.  You could possibly spot live bed bugs and shed skins as the juvenile bugs are 4-5mm long.

The easiest thing to do is call Dr. Garry Mann at Avon Pest Control for any bed bug problems you may have in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, Delta, Langley, or anywhere in Metro Vancouver.  See more on Vancouver Bed Bug Control.


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