Bed Bug Bites
There is nothing remarkable about bed bug bites. In fact they just look like any other insect bites. They appear as red, itchy welts on the surface of the skin. However, unlike other insect bites, bed bug bites tend to leave straight rows of red welts. A very common pattern of their bites is in a regular line of three, referred to as “breakfast, lunch, and dinner” by experts. The welts may not appear immediately; to some it may take weeks before the symptoms become visible. Interestingly, there are some people who seem to have to reaction to these insects’ bites at all.
The skin on your body reacts differently to bed bug bites. The skin on the face, hands, and feet seem to react the most to the bites. These bites cause no apparent harm to the one bitten so they are often misdiagnosed as symptoms of skin disorders.
Are bed bug bites dangerous?
Though these bites can be really itchy and unpleasant to look at, there are no known cases of bed bug bites transmitting diseases to humans. Recently, it was discovered that bed bugs can carry harmful bacteria which could potential cause serious health problems for humans, there are so far no known cases of bed bug bites transmitting this bacteria to humans. Find out more here.
When bed bugs bite, they release a chemical that acts as an anesthesia around the area being bitten. This is the reason why in most cases people do not notice or wake up when they are being bitten. The itching sensation caused by bed bug bites typically occurs some time after the bite.
While not known to cause direct health issues through their bites, bed bugs can cause overwhelming psychological distress for their hosts, brought on by anxiety and sleeplessness, which in turn can lead to more serious health issues. It is therefore important to take immediate action as soon as you become aware of an infestation in your home. You can get rid of bed bugs yourself using our proven 4 step method, or seek professional help.