Bed bug bites are hard to differentiate from other bugs bites, it’s important to look at the circumstances surrounding the bites to identify the bug. Although bed bug bites do not transmit any diseases and getting bitten doesn’t hurt initially, bites can lead to a rash or infection as a result of scratching. Also people react to bug bites differently, you may get a rash, while someone else may not show any signs of a bite.
While bites are not harmful, they can cause allergic reactions in some people can cause them to react badly to the bites and the more bites they have the more hazardous it can be. Getting bitten also means you are likely to have an infestation which is a serious issue.
Body parts exposed whilst you sleep are most at risk of being bitten e.g. arms, shoulders, face. Bites often occur in a row as bed bugs search for a suitable blood vessel to feed on, though they can also be random patterns. Bites may take anywhere between few days to two weeks to appear after being bitten. The size and reaction of the bite depends on the person’s sensitivity to the bite and how many times they have been bitten previously.
When do Bed Bug Bites Happen?
Bed Bug Bites usually happens at night, close to dawn, when the host is sleeping though they may attempt it during the day if they are hungry and the person is stationary. The feeding process lasts between 3-10 minutes, only taking a drop or two of blood. Bed bugs feed approximately once a week, though they can survive several months, even over a year without feeding. Nymphs (infant bed bugs) cannot grow without a blood meal.