BED BUG BITES: THE MARK OF AMERICA’S MOST WANTED PEST

03/10/2015

Wake up with an itch that won’t rest? Bed bug bites may be to blame. Cozying up wherever people lounge and sleep, bed bugs can make the sweetest slumber a real-life nightmare.

How do the bloodsuckers get away with it? Injecting a natural anesthetic, they go unnoticed as they suck blood from their sleeping victims.

Check out the bed bug rashes and bites checklist to help determine whether you’ve fallen prey to unwanted bedmates:

MARKS ON EXPOSED SKIN

Inspect arms, hands, neck and face. Are there any bites, bumps or rashes present?

PAINLESS BITES, OFTEN PAINFUL EFFECTS

The effects from a bite can vary from person to person. For some people, an allergic reaction to bed bug saliva produces red, itchy welts.

TWO FOR ONE: BITES AND RASH

Small, raised bumps may develop into a red “rash” surrounding the bed bug bites. An individual’s reaction, sometimes an allergic reaction to bites, determines the appearance of the affected area and the severity of the reaction.

"BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER"

Bed bugs may feast on human blood in a “breakfast, lunch and dinner” pattern. Look for raised bumps in a line or clustered row, particularly in groups of three or more.

ITCHY

Refrain from scratching bites and bed bug rashes, as it only makes matters worse. Intense scratching can lead to bleeding, infection and swelling.

INCREASE IN NIGHTLY BITES

People often mistake bed bug bites for rashes or other insect bites. If you suspect you may have bed bug bites, monitor whether nightly bites increase over time.

Want bed bug rashes and bites to stop? You’ve got to kill the culprit, their eggs and the rest of the infestation. You’ve heard the saying “Goodnight, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.” This year, bite back.

Rid your home of bed bug infestations and wake up knowing your home, health and restful ZZZs are safe and secure.