What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

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What Do Bed Bug Bites Look Like?

Bed bugs cause bite wounds that usually look like red welts on the skin, surrounded by a red rash, but this is not always the case. Bites from immature bed bug nymphs can be nothing more than a few red dots and have no rash associated with them. Many bugs can bite you and the bites from these other pests can have different appearances. With so many bugs that can bite you and so much variance between bites, it can be difficult to figure out which bug you're dealing with. Today, we're going to look at five bugs that can bite you inside your home and discuss how these bites are different from bed bug bites.

Is It A Bed Bug Bite?

  • Fleas: When fleas bite, they typically leave very itchy wounds on your feet and ankles. While bed bugs can bite you on your feet and ankles, they prefer locations that are close to your face. Bed bugs are attracted to carbon dioxide.
  • Chiggers: When chiggers feed, they usually feed at a point where clothing presses against the skin, like the waistline. They'll also target soft flesh, such as armpits or the skin on the backs of your knees. Bed bugs target areas of skin where clothing does not touch.
  • Spiders: When spiders bite, they can leave a red welt on your skin that can look like a bed bug bite but spiders aren't going to bite you over and over again like bed bugs do. So you can rule bed bugs out if you only have one or two bites.
  • Carpet beetles: Some people mistake rashes caused by carpet beetles as bed bug bites because there may be raised bumps within the rash. This rash is usually much more complete than a bed bug rash. A rash from bed bug bites will emanate from each bite.
  • Ticks: You could get a red rash from a tick bite but ticks don't leave a bump. If you're bitten by a black-legged tick, it might leave a bullseye rash. If so, this should be checked immediately, as a bullseye rash is a warning sign of Lyme disease.

It can be difficult to determine what bug has left a bite on your skin. If you're being bitten and you're worried that those bites may be bed bug bites, let the Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. help you sort things out. Using industry-leading strategies and products, we can help you figure out if you have bed bugs in your home and give you effective options to eliminate them. For reliable bed bug control solutions for South Carolina, reach out to us today for immediate assistance!

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