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What do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

A bed bug bite looks like a small red bump with a dark center and a lighter, swollen ring around it. Bed bug bites can easily be mistaken for mosquito bites or other bites or rashes caused by pests. Two things that make bed bug bites unique are:

  1. Bed bugs often bite people in line or zigzag patterns
  2. Bites will occur on exposed skin at night
a child with bed bug bites on her skin

Bed Bug Bites or Flea Bites?

You will feel a flea bite almost immediately. Bed bug bites take place at night. They don’t hurt enough to wake you up so usually you won’t notice until the following morning or later.

Flea bites are usually grouped together on the lower parts of the body, often on legs or ankles, in random patterns or clusters. Bug bites are usually found in line or zigzag patterns. Both bites can cause itchiness and redness, but bed bug bites are larger in size.

Bed Bug Bite or Mosquito Bite?

Like bed bug bites, mosquito bites can leave you with itchy, red marks on your skin. Unlike bed bug bites, however, mosquito bites appear sporadically all over the body. They tend to be opportunistic and bite you wherever they can.

A mosquito bite bump forms just minutes after you are pierced, and begins to itch within minutes. Mosquitos are much more dangerous than bed bugs because they can pass diseases to humans, but their bites tend to heal quicker too.

Identifying Bed Bug Bites

It’s easy to see how bed bug bites get mistaken for other kinds of insect bites. This is why it’s crucial to educate yourself on the ways bed bug bites are different, and learn the warning signs around the house. If you think the bites on your skin may be bed bug related, we recommend trying to find their hiding place.

And if you’re still not sure, a professional pest control company can tell you exactly what you’re dealing with. 

If you suspect you might have bed bugs, contact your local bed bug control experts for an inspection.

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