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Bed Bug Bites

Bed bug bites vary in shape, size and colour depending on the person’s reaction to the saliva that is injected. Some have no reaction and others may experience severe allergic reactions which can lead to large blisters, welts, (and in bad cases) permanent scaring. For most, inflammation, irritation and itchiness are common reactions. Bed bug bites can take up to 2 weeks to appear on your skin and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. This is sometimes a problem for travellers who cannot identify where they got bitten due to their mobile sleeping habits which makes identification of the source that much harder. 

Bed bugs are known to bite many times in the same area of your body. Unlike mosquito bites that have no feeding pattern, bed bug feed in rows (usually rows of 3 - breakfast, lunch and supper), which is why some people can find clusters of bites in a similar area.

Because bed bugs don't like climbing on their hosts as they feed; they usually feed on the edge of exposed skin that rests on the mattress or pillow.

Do not assume that bites are automatically bed bug bites. Similar bites can be caused by mosquitos, midges, fleas and lice. Lots of people misdiagnose the presence of bed bugs and pay alot of money for unnecessary extermination. 

If unsure, bed bug monitors and traps are a low cost solution   

 

 

How to treat bed bug bites?

For quick home relief try applying toothpaste or apple cider vinegar on bites. If you have time, go to your local pharmacy and find yourself some hydrocortisone cream and apply a thin layer on the bites, this will reduce the itch and the possibility of scaring. For serious cases when itching is so unbearable you can't sleep , consult a pharmacist about using a anti-histime like Benadryl, this will help reduce the reaction of bites. Should none of these solutions work after a few weeks, consult your family doctor.