Bed bugs actually don’t “bite,” they suck. When bed bugs feed, they suck blood from mammal skin. Typically they bite in clusters. If you think you have bed bug bites, give Pest Away a call and a specialist can look at them.

Bite Facts

  • Bites vary in shape, size and texture from person to person or even on someone’s own body.
  • The most traditional bite pattern is in a row.
  • Bed bugs carry diseases but do not transfer them.
  • A pet may be getting bit and the person will never know that there is a problem.
  • Many people, especially men, don’t manifest the bites.
  • Bed bug bite reactions typically manifest 3-72 hours later.

Bed Bugs can carry up to 28 different strains of bacteria; fortunately, they have able to spread them via biting. The city and government officials see bed bugs as more of a nuisance rather than a health issue. Because of this, there haven’t been any major law changes addressing bed bugs.

Bed bugs have pointed mouth parts, like mosquitoes, and feed for just a few minutes at a time. They must feed to grow and although they primarily feed at night, bed bugs will bite during the day if necessary. The most common symptom of bed bug bites are itchy welts on the skin. Reactions vary widely from person to person and bites alone cannot be used to confirm bed bugs. Anemia has been reported in cases where homes are heavily infested. Asthma has also been linked to the presence of bed bugs in homes. Bites may develop secondary infections through scratching.

Bites are usually the tell-tale sign of a bed bug infestation. Bed bugs feed only on blood. Each life stage feeds, except the egg. They insert their teeth directly into the skin in search of a tiny blood vessel, and may move and bite repeatedly until they find the right spot. At each point the beak releases saliva into the skin. The saliva contains proteins and enzymes that initially serve as an anesthetic. Many people do not feel the pain of being bitten by a bed bug. Eventually it develops into allergic reactions that can vary widely from practically no reaction, to small itchy red or white bumps, to blisters or large welts. Not every person in a household will react the same way and many times only one person will show signs of bites, leading others to believe that the problem cannot be traced to the existence of bed bugs.

If you or someone you know has bites, consider the following:

  • Under stressed conditions bed bugs may feed during the day, including but not limited to the following:

 1. Bed bugs have no access to hosts because people are not sleeping nearby.
 2. When bed bugs are disturbed by cleaning or pesticides they may move to other areas.
 3. As the numbers increase, bed bugs may spread due to overcrowding.

  • Bed bugs typically feed at night in the dark.
  • Bed bugs tend to feed on exposed skin, but can feed under loose clothing.

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