What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?
Bed bug bites leave red, itchy marks on the skin. Occasionally, they can turn into a rash. They are often confused for other types of insect bites.
Bed bug bite characteristics include:
- Bed bug bites often appear in lines or zigzag patterns.
- Bites usually happen on parts of the body where skin was exposed overnight.
Bed Bug vs. Flea Bites
Pain level is the biggest indicator of bed bug or flea bites. Bed bug bites are almost never felt, while flea bites can be felt immediately and be rather painful. In addition, flea bites are centered around the ankles and lower part of the body. Bed bug bites will appear slightly more strategic. They usually appear in lines on the body. Lastly, bed bug bites are much bigger than flea bites.
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Do You Have Bed Bug or Mosquito Bites?
Mosquito bites can look very similar to bed bug bites. However, mosquito bites can be isolated and in random spots on the body. Also, you will often feel a mosquito bite just like with fleas. A bump typically forms within minutes afterwards, unlike bed bug bites. Their bites also heal quicker than bed bug bites. The most important thing to know is that mosquito bites can be more dangerous than bed bug bites. Although rare, mosquitoes can transmit disease.
Identifying a Bed Bug Bite.
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 or call a professional for assistance.