What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Bed bug bites leave red, itchy marks on the skin. They are often confused for other types of insect bites.
Two characteristics of bed bug bites that set them apart are:
- Bed bug bites often appear in lines or zigzag patterns.
- Bites are typically on parts of the body where skin was exposed overnight.
Do You Have Bed Bug Bites or Flea Bites?
The best way to tell the difference between a bed bug bite and a flea bite is the pain level you may have. While people don’t usually don’t feel bed bug bites, flea bites can be felt immediately and be painful. Flea bites are typically centered around the lower part of the body and surrounding the ankles in a random pattern. Bed bug bites, however, appear more strategic and show up in lines on the body. Lastly, bed bug bites often leave larger marks than flea bites.
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Bed Bug vs. Mosquito Bites?
Just like a bed bug bite, mosquito bites can leave red itchy marks on your skin. However, mosquito bites usually show up in isolated, random areas on the body. Just like with fleas, you will often feel a mosquito bite the moment it happens, and the bite will form a bump that can appear mere minutes afterwards. Of course, mosquito bites are much more dangerous than bed bug bites for their ability to transmit disease. In addition, mosquito bites often heal much quicker than bed bug bites.
Identifying Bed Bug Bites
Bed bug bites look and feel a lot like other insect bites, but they’re often the first signs you’ll see of a bed bug infestation. If you suspect a bite on your skin is from a bed bug, it’s best to inspect your home for the signs of an infestation.