Bed Bug Bite Picture
Bed bug bite picture viewing can be a helpful way to determine if the
marks on your arm are in fact due to bedbugs or are caused by other
parasites such as mosquitoes or fleas. Bedbug Bite marks can be
different from person to person since it is an allergic reaction to a
bite. Some people are not allergic while others are
hypersensitive to the saliva mix left behind by the bedbug skin
Bed bug bite picture collection seen below have been selected
to show the full range of bedbug bite reactions. Bed bugs do
not actually bite. They have two protrusions on the head or
tubes which puncture the skin. They will feed for 3 to 15
minutes before returning to their hiding
Bed bug bite reactions can appear within an hour or as long as
14 days later. Bite reactions that appear within a day will
heal by themselves within 2 to 5 days. Reactions that are
delayed, can last a few days longer.
People that are allergic to bed bug bites often have a
stronger reaction after each biting episode. This is the body
getting more and more sensitive to the bites. If you have a
reaction at all, it is usually a small red raised area, with a clear
center. The center is where the bedbug punctured the skin.
Less common are more severe reactions such as the formation
of a wheal, which is a red area 1 to 2 inches in circumference and
blistering on the skin.
Bed bug bites are also seen on areas of the body that are
exposed during sleep. This includes the legs, shoulders and
neck. It is rare to have bites on the bottoms of the feet.
If this is the case, then the problem could be scabies, which
is a condition caused by mites.
Beyond the red skin reaction, bed bug bites tend to itch.
Use either an itch cream made for the bites such as All
Stop Healing and
Protection Spray, or buy an over the counter itch cream made
Do not scratch the bites, as this may introduce bacteria into
the bites which can cause infection. If the bites do not
resolve themselves, see a Doctor as a prescription oral or topical
anti-biotic may be needed. Bed bugs do not spread disease to
Bed Bug Bite Picture - Mild Reaction
The picture below shows a bed bug bite reaction approximately 1 hour
after the subject was bitten.
Pictures of Bed Bug Bites
Bed Bug Bite Picture
Skin Lesions 1 Hour after Bed Bug Bite
Bed Bug Bite Picture
Source UNLV - Raised Bites
Bed Bug Bite Picture -
Bed bug bites tend to be seen in patterns on the skin.
They can be differentiated from other possible causes by the
location (exposed areas of the body during sleep), appearance (clear in
the middle), size (most bites are 3/8 inch), pattern,, which is usually
in a line, and itch.
Bed Bug Bite - Blistering
In some less common cases, a bite reaction can result in a
blistering on the skin:
Bed Bug Bite Picture - Blisters
Rare Severe Case of Bed Bug Bite Blisters
Bed Bug Bites Compared to Mosquito Bites
It is easy to confuse bed bug bites with mosquito bites. Bed
Bug bites can be differentiated by:
Mosquito bites tend to appear on random areas of the body and are not
a pattern or cluster.
- Location: Bed bugs bite at night in areas of exposed skin
during sleep. They are rarely on the bottoms of the feet and
- Pattern: Bedbug bites are often in a straight line or
cluster. However, single bites are possible.
- Symptoms: Bites from bedbugs itch
- Appearance: Bed bug bites in most people are small round
red areas on the skin, with a clear center.
Mosquito Bite Picture
How to Get Rid of Bedbugs
Whether you live in a home or are a tenant in an apartment, a good
first step is always to call in a professional exterminator.
Pest control experts can provide education and confirm the size
of the bed bug problem. It's a good idea to call in a
National firm that shares information on bed bugs across offices such
(877-291-4849) and local firms with Bed Bug Experience such as a member
of the Service
Magic network (877-233-1145).
Special Consideration for
Apartment Owners and Tenants: If you live in an apartment, getting rid of
bedbugs requires a coordinated effort among home owners. Bed
bugs will move approximately 100 feet in each direction of
where they were placed in an apartment or home.
There is a 7% chance that they will move to
rooms above and below the infested room. There is a 20% chance that bed bugs will move to an adjacent apartment.
If you rent, regulations vary by State regarding who is responsible for a
bed bug infestation in an apartment. Even when a landlord
takes responsibility, they may try and charge those that they believe
In the interim, a do it yourself kit could be used
such as the one available from Dermisil
for Bed Bugs. You can also follow some of our bed
bugs information tips . One tip is to seal all cracks with caulk, use a residual spray along the baseboards such as Phantom or Bedlam, and spread some Fossil
Dust into cracks and crevices for some level of protection.
Use Bed Bug Spray Along Baseboard Cracks for Protection When Bed Bugs are in Adjoining Apartments
Bed Bugs at Home:
As mentioned above, It pays to consider the use of a pest control professional since
bedbugs need to be both found in their hiding places and then killed.
This is why bed bug sniffing dogs are often used to locate
bedbugs based on their unique odor. The only downside is cost, which
can involve a fee for the on-site inspection (up to $100) and then
another fee for the treatment which can cost up to $1000 or more
depending on the size of the home and the extent of the problem.
Consumer reviews for contractors are available from Angies
list . You can also find names of bed bug
exterminators on our list of experts found here .
you can't afford a professional, then be sure to buy a good bed bug
spray product. One multi-purpose spray that is mattress safe and
that comes highly recommended is Sterifab .
It is what is known as a knock down spray as it kills bed bugs
and bed bug eggs on contact. This type of spray should be
combined with a residual spray product such as Phantom ,
since it provides several weeks of protection, but takes several days
to take effect, since it interferes with the bed bug life cycle.
Bed Bugs (Cimex lectularius)
and Clinical Consequences of Their Bites
Jerome Goddard, PhD
Richard deShazo, MD
University of Kentucky Department of
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