Do Bed Bugs Bite?
Yes, bed bugs are most known for the bites they leave behind. Bed bugs feed at night when their victim is at rest. Bites usually aren’t felt, but may cause red itchy marks one to three days later.
Facts about bed bug bites:
- Bites occur on areas of the body that are exposed at night, such as the arms and legs.
- Bites often appear in lines or zigzag patterns on the body, unlike other insect bites.
- Some people have no symptoms while others can get welts and more serious rashes from bed bug bites.
What Time do Bed Bugs Bite?
Bed bugs are mostly nocturnal, but can emerge to feed any time of the day a person is at rest. Usually, people do not feel the bites when they occur and thus will not wake up. Bed bugs feed for anywhere up to 10 minutes. After they are engorged, they will crawl back to their resting spot.
For the most part, peak bed bug activity occurs between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. However, they can adjust their schedule and will emerge to feed when they can.
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Where Do Bed Bugs Bite You?
Bed bugs will bite different parts of the body that has exposed skin. The most common spots where bites show up are your arms, legs, hands, feet, and even your neck. Their bites occur in lines or zigzag patterns. Many people wonder if bed bugs can bite their face, and, unfortunately, they can! While bites on the face may occur, you don’t need to worry about bed bugs crawling in your nose, mouth, or ears, which is a common (and understandable) concern. Bed bugs feed on the surface of your body and prefer to retreat after their meals rather than burrow on your skin.
How Dangerous Are Bed Bug Bites?
Bed bug bites aren’t very dangerous. In fact, some people don’t even show symptoms at all! But usually, bed bug bites will leave behind red itchy marks on your skin. Occasionally, bites can form into rashes or welts, which should be attended to by a doctor. While bed bugs do not transmit any diseases, it’s important to properly treat your bites so that they heal correctly.